Paul Sykes claimed 14 points as Harlequins
grabbed an important psychological advantage over Challenge Cup
Both teams grabbed two tries apiece but the
boot of Sykes proved decisive as the former Bradford centre
finished with a 100% kicking record.
In contrast, Wigan failed to kick a single goal to allow Quins
to draw level with them on 16 points in the engage Super League.
The teams clash again at the JJB stadium on Friday night but
the London side will go there full of confidence after bagging
their fourth win in five games.
The visitors included Thomas Leuluai in their line-up after he
was cleared of a slide tackle against Hull last week.
And it was almost inevitable the former Quins man would have a
hand in the game's opening try.
With four minutes gone Pat Richards broke down the left-hand
side and found Leuluai who played in full-back Chris Ashton to
Richards missed the kick on goal and was again left frustrated
on 15 minutes when he sent a penalty crashing against the left
Harlequins weathered the early pressure and enjoyed some decent
possession which was eventually rewarded on 28 minutes.
Matthew Gafa's clever pass sent Sykes clear and the 25-year-old
converted his own try.
And the home side went into the break even happier when another
Sykes kick gave Quins a four-point lead.
Gafa went from provider to finisher eight minutes after the
Mark McLinden made the break and former Wigan stand-half Danny
Orr set up Gafa to power home under the posts.
Sykes maintained his perfect record with the conversion and hit
another penalty to put Quins 16-4 up.
But Wigan refused to roll over and they hit back on 62 minutes
when Trent Barrett raced clear down the left to touch down in the
Orr nearly finished the game off but he was hauled down metres
short of the try-line.
Instead it was left to Sykes to deliver the final blow when he
stroked over his fifth kick of the day after Wigan second-row
Gareth Hock was sin-binned.