This performance from Wigan was a total shambles.
No direction in
the forwards which means the halves don't stand a chance and it was
all too easy for Warrington. Fair play they were solid in the
forwards themselves and very efficient in their work, but they beat
a poor Wigan.
Wigan's problems stemmed from absolutely no ground being made by
the forwards. This didn't give the halves half a chance to do
anything and it just all fell down easily didn't it. When the chips
are down you can only start to fight back by being direct and
gaining field position. Putting some speed into the effort is
required as well but I thought it was all too lacklustre.
It's not just that though. The passing had zero zip. I said
during radio commentary that it was going through hands like a game
of pass the parcel with no ideas to move forward with it. Nothing
more summed that up when George Williams took a tap 20,
turned round and no one was looking to take the pass. That's
The one exception for me was Micky McIlorum but sadly he was
spelled in the middle of the game, always creating a lull in
intensity when this occurs, and during his absent Warrington scored
eleven of their seventeen points.
When he returned, he made the half break for the Manfredi try
and for a few minutes after that we had them sweating with the
crowd quiet. Had we got the next try for 17-12, I think we'd have
rolled on to win a match that we never deserved and it was all
coming from Micky's direction.
What hurts me most about this loss though is that it was exactly
the same against Salford two weeks earlier. Yes we won that night
but I was thinking after it that it would be a bit of a wake up
call and that we spend the 13 days between games wisely to work
hard in training and find some zip in the play.
But to come out and produce exactly the same poor display is
really hard to take. It's like those 13 days were spent doing
nothing. I'm sure they weren't, but you can't help being left with
that feeling when you see that. It's now just 3 wins from the last
14 games away from the DW. It's continues to be an amazing contrast
to 22 out of 23 wins at home in Super League but these piss poor
away days just continue to frustrate fans, especially when it comes
to this London idea. Really need to do better I'm afraid.