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Match Report: Wigan 12 Brisbane 14
Posted by Bilko on February 23 2015 - 13:03

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Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos - World Club Series
Saturday 21st February 2015. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well some had this down as a meaningful game, others a "glorified friendly". Me? I was kind of in the middle of that but in the end our sport cannot ignore the fact almost 21,000 turned out for this game and my ultimate conclusion is that attending this was way better than sitting at home with no match to go to.

The match wasn't one of immense quality but it was a hell of a battle. Wigan should take a lot out of it defensively because they were under the pump towards the end of the game.

Wigan recalled Dan Sarginson to the centres which meant Joel Tomkins would revert to the second row. Not that you'd want Sean O'Loughlin injured but his absent meant Shaun Wane could avoid the tough call of choosing one of Joel (three tries in two games before this match), Liam Farrell (started every game played in last two seasons) or John Bateman (superb so far this year) to drop to the bench. Arguably Lockers himself might have been sweated most on form shown so far this year but we'll never know now.

The game had started in pretty even fashion until the 7th Minute when Joe Burgess gifted Brisbane the opening score with an error right under his own sticks. I get that Budgie wants to use his pace to try and find some space but it is a cardinal sin to run towards your own posts and it was another example that he still has a lot to learn.

With the error it was the simplest of touch downs on a loose ball for Andrew McCullough and easy conversion for Corey Parker to make it 6-0.

The next 10-15 minutes or so it was very tight but you could sense that it would already be a long way back if Brisbane found the next try. Thankfully it was Wigan who scored with a lovely deft kick from George Williams being touched down to the left of the posts by Liam Farrell, Matty Smith converting for 6-6.

That score held not just to half time but up until the 55th Minute. By then what had been a tight affair had begun to see Brisbane get on top. Losing Taulima Tautai to injury was not helpful to Wigan and left their other props facing long spells on the field and they were visibly being ground down.

I was saying on the radio that whilst Brisbane hadn't found a clean break yet, they were threatening and it came about a minute after I said it. Alex Glenn made it and it got Brisbane into territory to threaten. They might have got a very fortunate back to one but Lachlan Maranta scored in the left corner to put them only 10-6 ahead because Parker couldn't convert.

The match went into it's final quarter but Brisbane had control and the only thing that looked likely was them getting a further try to seal the game. Credit Wigan though. They defended magnificently and they would have taken the fact only a penalty goal was added by Parker in the 67th Minute when John Bateman was penalised for an off the ball hit.

The match went into the final ten minutes and although Wigan continued to look a million miles away from a levelling try, they did hang in the game and that left hope which produced a magnificent moment in the 79th Minute.

Wigan were 90 metres away and all hope looked forlorn but swinging left, Burgess found some space. He was clear, but was their any support? Well George Williams got on his right side as he chalked the touchline. It ended up two on one about thirty metres away and I thought at the time that Budgie had passed to Williams far too early and it lookd like the try was bombed. It was actually great full back play from Jordan Kahu but Williams managed to re-offload to Burgess and a brilliant effort was finished off.

The conversion to force extra time was still needed but Smith nailed it to make it 12-12 and thus we went to Golden Point.

I must admit I'm not a fan of the idea of next point wins simply because you could easily lose a game in "Golden Point" without touching the football, which is nonsense. I can't deny though that it was exciting but you could possibly argue that Brisbane winning the toss was a big factor in their victory because they got on the front foot straight away and never relinquished territory.

This Golden Point ended up being decided by a penalty goal at the end of the 10 minutes play. Had no score occurred they would of played on but Corey Parker scored the goal to win the game, despite Anthony Gelling having cheekily blocked his first attempt.

The experience Brisbane had, being from the NRL were Golden Point is a regular feature, told significantly I thought. In extra time it was like they had dug a trench up the middle of the field and they barely moved off that line towards the drop goal. They missed a couple of times before trying to go out wide instead but they hardly moved from the middle of the field.

Wigan meanwhile had less ball but were going left and right which no real game plan of how to deal with this situation. It was a different mindset to me and one they should perhaps learn from because they didn't seem to think about the drop goal at Widnes either when the score there was at 22-16.

So anyway Brisbane lost but it was a good match to watch and like I said, it was better to be part of the World Club Series than not having a match at all.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Brisbane 1
1 Matty Bowen Full Back Jordan Kahu 1
2 Josh Charnley

Right Wing

Daniel Vidot 2
3 Anthony Gelling Centre Aaron Whitchurch 3
4 Dan Sarginson Centre Justin Hodges 4
5 Joe Burgess Left Wing Lachlan Maranta 5
6 George Williams Stand Off Anthony Milford 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Ben Hunt 7
8 Dom Crosby Prop Josh McGuire 19
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Andrew McCullough 9

Ryan Sutton


Adam Blair

11 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Alex Glenn 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Sam Thaiday 12
14 John Bateman L.Forward Corey Parker 13
17 Tony Clubb Substitute Mitchell Dodds 14
24 Taulima Tautai Substitute James Gavet 15
25 Larne Patrick Substitute Joe Ofahengaue 16
26 Logan Tomkins Substitute Kodi Nikorima 17
- Shaun Wane Coach Wayne Bennett -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 12

--- Brisbane Broncos 14

Tries (2):
Liam Farrell
Joe Burgess


Tries (2):
Andrew McCullough
Lachlan Maranta

Matty Smith 2/2
--- Goals:
Corey Parker 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

06mins:33 Wigan 00 Brisbane 04 Try: Andrew McCullough
Wigan 00 Brisbane 06 Conversion: Corey Parker (1/1)
24mins:17 Wigan 04 Brisbane 06 Try: Liam Farrell
Wigan 06 Brisbane 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Huddersfield Giants 16
55mins:37 Wigan 06 Brisbane 10 Try: Lachlan Maranta
Wigan 06 Brisbane 10 Missed Conv: Corey Parker (1/2)
66mins:45 Wigan 06 Brisbane 12 Penalty Goal: Corey Parker (2/3)
78mins:06 Wigan 10 Brisbane 12 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 12 Brisbane 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 Brisbane Broncos 12
90mins:00 Wigan Sin Bin Anthony Gelling (LOL)
90mins:00 Wigan 12 Brisbane 14 Penalty Goal: Corey Parker (3/4)
Final Score Wigan Warriors 12 Brisbane Broncos 14 (Golden Point)

Video Highlights


Phil Bentham

Match Attendance



Dry Night but a Heavy Pitch.

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