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Match Report: Wigan 16 Warrington 28
Posted by Bilko on April 03 2016 - 21:45

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 9
Friday 1st April 2016. Kick Off
8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

I turned up at the DW on Friday Night in realistic mood. I noticed looking at the squads that Warrington had every one of squad numbers 1 to 14 in their squad and they all ended up playing in this match.

Wigan in comparison were absent of squad numbers 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 14. A massive difference and realistically a strong Warrington should be beating a Wigan side devoid of that kind of strength.

So the fact they did so was no surprise and thus I was philosophical about it. That first half hour they produced so Grade A stuff against us yet we still managed to make them sweat all the way to the end of the game.

Fair enough the loss of Chris Sandow during the game was a blow to Warrington but we played the second half without Sean O'Loughlin also and ended up with an academy back rower, Nick Gregson, at Stand Off.

Despite this we never stopped trying to come back, even though 26-4 down looked impossible, and I take a lot of heart from that. To me to still show fight from an impossible situation is a bigger picture.

I mean just think about it. Would anyone have expected a Warrington side absent of Matty Russell, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Ashton Sims and Joe Westerman (equivalents of our absences on Friday) would have beaten a Wigan side that included Sam Tomkins, Anthony Gelling, George Williams, Dom Crosby, Micky McIlorum, Ben Flower and John Bateman? I don't think so.

That said they still would have had Chris Sandow and I think his early performance in this game is why a lot of Wigan fans came away disappointed. I suggest a lot left asking themselves when was the last time a Wigan half back played with such quality like that?

It's a fair question but to be fair also, he is a marquee player for a reason. Warrington were not the same side when he left the field thats for sure. Still, I just think we should judge Wigan, against an opponent like this, when they have more of their ace cards out the field.

In the match itself, it always felt like it was Warrington's night. I am utterly convinced that Liam Farrell wasn't fully fit and his sin binning followed by a foul towards an eight point try were pivotal moments.

You couldn't really fault him for the sin bin, they had broken us for numbers, but the eight point try was a hammer blow given we'd just got back into the match at 14-4 and looked like we had a bit of momentum. To end up going in 22-4 down was tough.

In the second half we got back to 26-16 and with twenty minutes to go I did feel we had half a chance still. Our problem though was that we couldn't put pressure on Warrington because we had zero quality on the final tackle.

Matty Smith becomes an obvious target to blame for that but Warrington had him marshalled into hussle all night. So someone else needs to stand up but when your left with a rookie like Nick Gregson, it's tough. In hindsight we perhaps should of utilised Sam Powell more?

Still given we were 26-4 down, to have Warrington taking a shot at goal plus drilling every last tackle kick into touch was a moral achievement. Not the kind we aspire to at Wigan but in the context of our absences, I think we have a bigger picture at play here.

You have to credit Dom Manfredi for his hat-trick in defeat. That brought up 40 tries for Wigan in only his 42nd appearance. Good stuff.

Jack Higginson did ok on debut but defensively we were exposed more often than not in his defensive area. A tough lesson but thats the harsh reality of Super League. He can learn well from this.

So in conclusion it's not a good result but as long as we don't back this up with another loss against Wakefield then we'll be ok. Yes our attack is still a big issue but an opponent like this is not a time to judge, in my opinion, with us having so many players out. Warrington were excellent in this game and deserved the win, but it's a long season. It's not the first time they've had an handsome victory at the DW yet failed to win at Old Trafford. They do look like they'll be mighty hard to stop though. Time will tell.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Warrington 1
4 Dan Sarginson Full Back Matty Russell 5
5 Dom Manfredi

Right Wing

Tom Lineham 2
30 Jack Higginson Centre Rhys Evans 3
20 Oliver Gildart Centre Ryan Atkins 4
2 Josh Charnley Left Wing Kevin Penny 20
13 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off Kurt Gidley 1
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Chris Sandow 7
17 Lee Mossop Prop Chris Hill 8
16 Sam Powell Hooker Daryl Clark 9
15

Tony Clubb

Prop

Ashton Sims

10
11 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Ben Currie 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Jack Hughes 12
25

Willie Isa

L.Forward

Ben Westwood

13
-
19 Taulima Tautai Substitute Stefan Ratchford 6
21 Ryan Sutton Substitute Joe Westerman 14
26 Greg Burke Substitute George King 18
27 Nick Gregson Substitute Jordan Cox 32
- Shaun Wane Coach Tony Smith -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 16

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Warrington Wolves 28

Tries (3):
Dom Manfredi 3

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Tries (5):
Ben Currie
Tom Lineham
Kevin Penny
Stefan Ratchford
Ryan Atkins

Goals:
Matty Smith 0/1
Josh Charnley 2/2
--- Goals:
Chris Sandow 0/3
Stefan Ratchford 1/1
Kurt Gidley 3/3
Joe Westerman 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

11mins:11 Wigan 00 Warrington 04 Try: Ben Currie
Wigan 00 Warrington 04 Missed Conv: Chris Sandow (0/1)
13mins:56 Wigan Sin Bin Liam Farrell (Interference)
14mins:24 Wigan 00 Warrington 08 Try: Tom Lineham
Wigan 00 Warrington 08 Missed Conv: Chris Sandow (0/2)
18mins:27 Wigan 00 Warrington 12 Try: Kevin Penny
Wigan 00 Warrington 12 Missed Conv: Chris Sandow (0/3)
26mins:15 Wigan 00 Warrington 14 Penalty Goal: Stefan Ratchford (1/1)
31mins:44 Wigan 04 Warrington 14 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 04 Warrington 14 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
35mins:14 Wigan 04 Warrington 18 Try: Stefan Ratchford
Wigan 04 Warrington 20 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (1/1)
36mins:02 Wigan 04 Warrington 22 Penalty Goal: Kurt Gidley (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 04 Warrington Wolves 22
43mins:24 Wigan 04 Warrington 26 Try: Ryan Atkins
Wigan 04 Warrington 26 Missed Conv: Joe Westerman (0/1)
47mins:33 Wigan 08 Warrington 26 Try: Dom Manfredi (2)
Wigan 10 Warrington 26 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
60mins:30 Wigan 14 Warrington 26 Try: Dom Manfredi (Hat-Trick)
Wigan 16 Warrington 26 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/2)
70mins:53 Wigan 16 Warrington 28 Penalty Goal: Kurt Gidley (3/3)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 16 Warrington Wolves 28

Referee

Robert Hicks

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 10 Warrington 6

Match Attendance

17,480

Weather

Cold Night.

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