Wigan not only made it five wins out of
five in Super League this season but this victory over
Leeds made it a magnificent 25 home league wins in a row.
It's not yet close to the previous best of 35 wins between
1994 and 1996 but it's a great achievement all the same.
This win took a long time to earn but it
was more than deserved when the points started to come
after the 55th Minute.
Before then it was a match that Wigan
dominated but yet frustratingly this wasn't reflected on
this on the scoreboard.
Wigan got into territory easy but the
execution fell down more often than not. Especially when
swinging left. The late loss of George Williams will have
played a part in that but it has been a problem in every
home game to be fair.
I did think Dan Sarginson at full back
was working well though. He was getting involved but with
it all breaking down his involvement never came to
In fact his "obstruction" of Kallum
Watkins saw a 10th Minute try for Liam Farrell chalked off.
No I've no idea what all that was about either but these
days whatever you expect the call to be, expect the
opposite to happen. Farcical nonsense.
For all that territory it actually came
down to a 90 metre break for the first try to score and
ironically from one of the few good Leeds kicks on the
night. Rob Burrow pinned Dom Manfredi in the corner but the
tackling from the chasing defenders was weak and he broke
two or three tackles to get away. Zak Hardaker managed to
stop him a bugs dick from the line but John Bateman had an
easy flop over from the play the ball with no Leeds
defenders back and set. Matty Smith converted for 6-0.
Into the second half and I was saying on
Wish FM that "Wigan are pushing their luck not increasing
this lead" but in truth Leeds never threatened to hit back.
The Rhinos were pretty dire to be
honest. The young half back pair of Liam Sutcliffe and
Jordan Lilley struggled. They may as well have played Ryan
Hall and Zak Hardaker in the halves because it was
increasingly down to them to try and spark things up the
Leeds were pack dominated as well and
with nearly every last tackle kick being simple for Wigan
to return for easy yardage it was never a recipe for
Once Wigan finally found a second try
from Oliver Gildart in the 55th Minute, further scores soon
followed from Dom Manfredi, Tony Clubb and Anthony Gelling
which in a blink had the score at 28-0.
That was a true reflection of the game
but Leeds did manage to find a try in the final minute
through Zak Hardaker to make it 28-6.
So injury ravaged Wigan won easily.
Great stuff. Should be a great test against Widnes next