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
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
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.