Good homework from Wigan ahead of this game. Albert Kelly may have
impressed in attack for Hull KR this season but defensively he
leads the league in both missed tackles and errors. Wigan went at
him on their left side attack to massive joy in the opening twenty
minutes of this contest.
It proved to be a double target also
with Kevin Larroyer's late withdrawal seeing twenty year old Josh
Gudzek start only his second appearance on the right wing opposite
Joe Burgess. He proved to be a lamb to the slaughter.
Wigan scored six tries in the opening 20 minutes and five of
them came on the left side. Dom Crosby powered over first for his
second try in consecutive matches. Then Joe Burgess and George
Williams combined for the former to score. Liam Farrell went
through some weak defending for a third try before Burgess claimed
Joel Tomkins ghosted through for the fifth try but this one was
scored on the right side before Wigan returned to the left with
Williams feigning to kick which fooled defenders into opening
up space for him to pounce. Matty Smith converted five of the tries
for a 34-0 lead.
Amazingly, no further scoring came until half time. Micky
McIlorum went off and, as often is the case, the pace visibly slows
down when this happens. Just shows how good a player he is. With
the match already won their was no point in him returning.
Sam Powell saw out the rest of the game at hooker with Taulima
Tautai also getting big game time with Tony Clubb picking up a
knock. Wigan found a try just four minutes after half time with a
kick from Williams being won in the air by Burgess who offloaded to
get Dan Sarginson over.
Conversion made it 40-0 and it was now a case of how many. Dom
Manfredi made a nice finish for 44-0 before a great diagonal burst
from Tautai saw him claim his first try of his Wigan career for
Williams then claimed the best try of the night. He took the
Rovers defence on and beat seven defenders to score a blinder for
56-0. Burgess then cherry caked the performance with his hat-trick
claimed with three minutes to go. Smith converted eight out of the
eleven tries in total for a 60-0 final score.
Terry Campese, Shaun Lunt and Josh Mantellato would be three big
returns for Rovers ahead of the cup tie replay in two weeks but
Rovers had a lot of work still to do to stop Wigan in this white