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Match Report: Wigan 30 Warrington 20
Posted by Bilko on April 17 2015 - 01:51

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Thursday 16th April 2015
Wigan Warriors 30 Warrington Wolves 20
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 11 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Warrington    
20 Ryan Hampshire  T      6 Stefan Ratchford    G2 
22 Dom Manfredi  T3      5 Joel Monaghan  T   
3 Anthony Gelling  T      3 Chris Bridge  T2   
4 Dan Sarginson       28 Toby King    
5 Joe Burgess       22 Gene Ormsby    
6 George Williams       29 Declan Patton    
7 Matty Smith    G3    7 Richie Myler    
8 Dom Crosby       8 Chris Hill    
9 Michael McIlorum       14 Mick Higham    

Lee Mossop


Roy Asotasi

11 Joel Tomkins       17 Ben Currie  T   
12 Liam Farrell  T      12 Ben Westwood    
14 John Bateman       13 Ben Harrison    
10 Ben Flower       9 Daryl Clark    
17 Tony Clubb       10 Ashton Sims    

Taulima Tautai

      18 James Laithwaite    
26 Logan Tomkins       19 Anthony England    


I went into this game thinking how important it was for Wigan not to be checked with  form having improved during the last three or four weeks. That got the job done in that regard but it was a big night for so many reasons.

Not just because of the announcement of Sam Tomkins returning for 2016, or Ben Flower getting back on the field for the first time since the Grand Final, but because Shaun Wane has been promising us for weeks that our attack will click and it did so in great style here.

All the Wigan tries were fantastic efforts and it was only four glaring errors defensively, two from Dan Sarginson and two from Ryan Hampshire, that stopped a great all round performance.

After 11 minutes though, no one could have foreseen what was to come from Wigan. Warrington had started superbly with great energy and vigour to build up a 10-0 lead. Both tries came down the right with first Joel Monaghan scoring before poor defending Chris Bridge ran over the top of Sarginson for a score. Stefan Ratchford converted the first of those two tries.

The response though might have been a bit of the blue, but was fantastic from a Wigan point of view. Bridge might have been a thorn to Sarginson a couple of minutes earlier but George Williams stood him up beautifully with a step to find space on half way. I must admit I was cursing his pass to Joe Burgess at the time for being far too soon but Budgie was superb in seeing Liam Farrell's call for the ball back on the inside. His pass eliminated four defenders from the chase and thus their was no one to stop Farrell scoring. Smith converted for 6-10.

Then on the next set, Budgie gets the ball again down the left. Credit Sarginson initially because a little step by him left Monaghan flat on his feet. That made it far easier for Burgess and his combination to send Ryan Hampshire away to the try line was superb play. Rocky had a simple race to the line and Smith converted again for 12-10.

That was 18 minutes gone and the few minutes saw interchanges come into affect. Ben Flower made his long awaited return to a standing ovation but it was Daryl Clark and Ashton Sims who gave an initial burst of strength to Warrington. They recovered from that two try blitz to retake the lead on 24 minutes with Bridge again scoring against a flapping Sarginson. Ratchford couldn't convert but it was now 14-12 to the visitors.

31st Minute and Wigan came back with a third quality try from deep in the field. Wigan again attack down the left initially but although they got blocked down there this time, they quickly went right and a good one-two between Anthony Gelling and Joel Tomkins saw the latter produce an amazing offload to get Dom Manfredi in. Conversion missed but Wigan had the lead back at 16-14 and that carried until half time.

The see-saw nature of the game continued with Warrington getting the lead back again four minutes into the second half. Ben Currie made a great run to score from thirty metres and Ratchford's conversion made it 20-16 to them.

Warrington might had the lead but it looked increasingly clear to me that they needed to pin Wigan down with a two score lead. They had a massive chance at this score when Hampshire, for the second time in the evening, dropped a bomb cold with no pressure on him. Wigan survived that pressure and that was a big moment I thought. I felt Warrington really needed that two score lead now because Wigan had too much great attack in their locker for them to live with us going toe to toe all night, and so it proved.

51st Minute and the lead changed for fifth time in the game. Hampshire was not dwelling on his errors and got Gelling through a gap for a score. Smith converted for a 22-20 Wigan lead.

It was not long after that Warrington lost Anthony England to injury for while. Not only that though, they had both Roy Asotasi and Ashton Sims sat on the bench as well, for whatever reason, and I think that was quite telling in the end.

Wigan had quite a hefty bench with Flower, Tony Clubb and Taulima Tautai, all excellent on the night, and that helped Wigan push on despite losing Mike McIlorum to concussion.

The game breaker came on 61 minutes. Again right and it was again Hampshire being the spare man from full back combining with Gelling to get Manfredi over for his second. Smith couldn't convert though, so it wasn't all over at 26-20.

It was though when Manfredi completed a second hat-trick in consecutive games on 68 minutes. This came after Matty Smith's drop goal attempt was blocked. The block fell nicely near Gelling and he casually kicked it perfectly into the hands of Manfredi. Smith again missed the extras, which was disappointing, but at 30-20 the game felt won.

Warrington tried desperately to hit back and both England and Asotasi returned but the damage had been done. Wigan would see out a good job done and that's two big wins at the DW now this month. All looks far rosier in the camp, we just need to get going away from home now. Wakefield next week has to be the start of that.............surely?

One final point was the choice of man of the match. On Wish FM I went for Joel Tomkins whilst the match sponsors went for hat-trick hero Manfredi and Sky gave it to Gelling. It's great to see us performance with so much choice to choose from. The gloom of Castleford away is quickly becoming a distant memory.

06mins:12 Wigan 00 Warrington 04 Try: Joel Monaghan
Wigan 00 Warrington 06

Conversion: Stefan Ratchford (1/1)

10mins:18 Wigan 00 Warrington 10 Try: Chris Bridge
Wigan 00 Warrington 10

Missed Conv: Stefan Ratchford (1/2)

13mins:34 Wigan 04 Warrington 10 Try: Liam Farrell
Wigan 06 Warrington 10

Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)

16mins:04 Wigan 10 Warrington 10 Try: Ryan Hampshire
Wigan 12 Warrington 10

Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)

23mins:52 Wigan 12 Warrington 14 Try: Chris Bridge (2)
Wigan 12 Warrington 14

Missed Conv: Stefan Ratchford (1/3)

30mins:04 Wigan 16 Warrington 14 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 16 Warrington 14

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/3)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 16 Warrington Wolves 04
43mins:29 Wigan 16 Warrington 18 Try: Ben Currie
Wigan 16 Warrington 20

Conversion: Stefan Ratchford (2/4)

50mins:54 Wigan 20 Warrington 20 Try: Anthony Gelling
Wigan 22 Warrington 20

Conversion: Matty Smith (3/4)

61mins:07 Wigan 26 Warrington 20 Try: Dom Manfredi (2)
Wigan 26 Warrington 20

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (3/5)

67mins:38 Wigan 30 Warrington 20 Try: Dom Manfredi (Hat-Trick)
Wigan 30 Warrington 20

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (3/6)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 30 Warrington Wolves 20

Richard Silverwood



First Utility Super League 20 - Round 11 Results
Thu 16 Apr Wigan Warriors 30 Warrington Wolves 20 14,175
Fri 17 Apr St Helens 16 Leeds Rhinos 41 12,640
Sun 19 Apr Huddersfield Giants 38 Catalan Dragons 14 4,404
Sun 19 Apr Widnes Vikings 46 Castleford Tigers 16 5,257
Postponed Hull Kingston Rovers v Salford Red Devils
Postponed Wakefield Wildcats v Hull FC

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 11 10 0 1 362 194 +168 20
2 St Helens 11 7 0 4 246 200 +46 14
3 Wigan Warriors 11 6 1 4 253 198 +55 13
4 Salford Red Devils 10 5 1 4 222 256 -34 11
5 Huddersfield Giants 11 5 0 6 233 170 +63 10
6 Warrington Wolves 11 5 0 6 255 225 +30 10
7 Castleford Tigers 11 5 0 6 215 214 +1 10
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 5 0 5 234 245 -11 10

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Catalan Dragons 11 4 1 6 248 301 -53 9
10 Widnes Vikings 11 4 1 6 246 262 -16 9
11 Hull FC 10 4 0 6 180 185 -5 8
12 Wakefield Wildcats 10 2 0 8 168 412 -244 4

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