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Match Report; Wigan 12 Brisbane 42
Posted by Bilko on February 22 2016 - 23:41

Wigan Warriors v Brisbane Broncos - Dacia World Club Series.
Saturday 20th February 2016. Kick Off
8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

After the hammering Saints got off Sydney Roosters I was expected far better from Wigan. Sadly they went down by an even worse scoreline in a repeat of last years World Series match that was only decided in extra time.

Wigan competed well for territory but did not have enough class to score tries when it mattered whilst Brisbane literally picked off Wigan at every opportunity they got.

Shaun Wane's team started well but didn't find an early score to settle them down and Brisbane up the other end scored the first try on 9 minutes with Corey Oates getting over in the left corner and Corey Parker converting for 6-0.

Then on 16 minutes came a huge blow to Wigan with Micky McIlorum suffering an injury and it was obvious to all that it was a major one. It's proven to be a possible season ending ankle injury but that opened an opportunity for Sam Powell and I thought he put in a good effort here after he came on.

Within a minute of that injury though Brisbane doubled their lead with a try from Kodi Nikorima and it began to feel like Wigan were hanging in. Early on we had dominated the ruck to stifle Brisbane but we couldn't keep that intensity up and it was them now finding easy metres around the ruck area.

Wigan though would hit back next with a lovely pass from Liam Farrell getting Dan Sarginson over but tries from Matt Gillett and Jarrod Wallace in the ten minutes up to half time had the visitors in a commanding 24-6 lead.

A comeback was never likely and two tries in quick succession from Oates and Nikorima now had Brisbane up 36-6 with still over 20 minutes to play.

You really feared the score racking up heavily, even so much to threaten Wigan's record defeat at DW Stadium but Brisbane only added a further six pointer when Greg Eden broke the length of the field from a scrum.

Wigan at least had the last say in the match with a consolation from George Williams but it was a humbling match all together.

In saying that though, I'd still argue we showed more here at times than we did in winning the two Super League games so far this year. Powell like I said went well and I thought Taulima Tautai had a great match also. Our lack of creativity when it comes to getting over the try line is worrying though so far this year. Where is the spark? I hope to see it ignite against Salford.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Brisbane 1
22 Lewis Tierney Full Back Darius Boyd 1
20 Oliver Gildart

Right Wing

Greg Eden 2
3 Anthony Gelling Centre James Roberts 4
4 Dan Sarginson Centre Jordan Kahu 3
5 Dom Manfredi Left Wing Corey Oates 5
6 George Williams Stand Off Anthony Milford 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Kodi Nikorima 7
10 Ben Flower Prop Adam Blair 10
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Andrew McCullough 9

Sean O'Loughlin


Josh McGuire

25 Willie Isa 2nd Row Alex Glenn 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Matt Gillett 12
14 John Bateman L.Forward Corey Parker 13
15 Tony Clubb Substitute Sam Thaiday 8
16 Sam Powell Substitute Jarrod Wallace 14
19 Taulima Tautai Substitute Joe Ofahengaue 16
21 Ryan Sutton Substitute Travis Waddell 17
- Shaun Wane Coach Wayne Bennett -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 12


Brisbane Broncos 42

Tries (2):
Dan Sarginson
George Williams


Tries (7):
Corey Oates 2
Kodi Nikorima 2
Matt Gillett
Jarrod Wallace
Greg Eden

Matty Smith 2/2
--- Goals:
Corey Parker 6/6
Jordan Kahu 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

08mins:59 Wigan 00 Brisbane 04 Try: Corey Oates
Wigan 00 Brisbane 06 Conversion: Corey Parker (1/1)
16mins:51 Wigan 00 Brisbane 10 Try: Kodi Nikorima
Wigan 00 Brisbane 12 Conversion: Corey Parker (2/2)
21mins:34 Wigan 04 Brisbane 12 Try: Dan Sarginson
Wigan 06 Brisbane 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
31mins:19 Wigan 06 Brisbane 16 Try: Matt Gillett
Wigan 06 Brisbane 18 Conversion: Corey Parker (3/3)
38mins:37 Wigan 06 Brisbane 22 Try: Jarrod Wallace
Wigan 06 Brisbane 24 Conversion: Jordan Kahu (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Brisbane Broncos 24
52mins:10 Wigan 06 Brisbane 28 Try: Corey Oates (2)
Wigan 06 Brisbane 30 Conversion: Corey Parker (4/4)
56mins:32 Wigan 06 Brisbane 34 Try: Kodi Nikorima
Wigan 06 Brisbane 36 Conversion: Corey Parker (5/5)
66mins:02 Wigan 06 Brisbane 40 Try: Greg Eden
Wigan 06 Brisbane 42 Conversion: Corey Parker (6/6)
75mins:47 Wigan 10 Brisbane 42 Try: George Williams
Wigan 12 Brisbane 42 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 Brisbane Broncos 42


Matt Cecchin

Video Referee

Phil Bentham

Match Attendance



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