You can argue that
Catalan were poor if you want but Wigan did a great job on what was
put up in front of them last Sunday. In terms of an all round
performance, I thought this was the best of the season so far.
The conditions were
poor regardless of the now notoriously heavy DW Stadium pitch but
yet Wigan still scored some great tries and it was pleasing to see
Dom Manfredi complete his first Wigan hat-trick.
With Burgess and
Charnley being first choice picks in the past, Dom has kind of
drifted under the radar at Wigan but that’s 17 tries in 20
appearances so far, which is more than both Budgie (16) and Josh
(14) had scored after they’d played 20 games.
So that is some
pace and it begs the question on how does Charnley get back in this
team? He’s back in contention for the Warrington match and for me
it’s harsh to drop Dom and Burgess seems past his defensive jitters
of a month ago. Put it this way I haven’t heard anyone suggest his
“head’s in Australia” for a while.
Some are well on
Josh’s back and saying he has been playing poorly but lest they
forget he has scored 133 tries in 126 Wigan games. Probably the
same people questioning him are the ones who were on Budgie’s back
not so long ago?
Either way, it’s a
really tough call to make on the wings. Maybe Charnley could be an
option to pressure the centre positions but both Gelling and
Sarginson scored on Sunday also.
Speaking of Sarge,
did you notice the blond rinse he’s had inflicted on him?
Apparently this was a forfeit because he was late for a massage.
I’m thinking that a certain respected rugby journalist of this
paper (intials PW) should endure the same forfeit after news broke
that he had scandalously bet on Saints to beat Huddersfield!
turnaround to Thursday’s match with Warrington will offer another
big test for Wigan. It might not end up being the biggest story on
the night, time will tell, but the return of Ben Flower offers
plenty of intrigue to the game.
I’m sure his
notorious Grand Final incident will still wrangle with some Wigan
fans but for me he was a human who made a bad mistake. He deserves
a second chance and I’ve no doubt he’ll reward us with some great
His red card
obviously harmed our chances in the 2014 Grand Final but his long
suspension might end up being a big favour in terms of him being
fit and fresh for the rest of 2015. Time will tell.