Last week’s game against
Huddersfield was pretty much a carbon copy of the match against Castleford
the week before. It was a great battle for an hour but Wigan finished the
stronger to take the two points.
You have to be honest and
say that Huddersfield going down to twelve men twice helped us but I did
find Paul Anderson’s post-match towards referee Joe Cobb bizarre. He
suggested he officiated the ruck differently in the second half to the
Personally I didn’t have
much of a problem with the ruck speed first half and didn’t notice
anything different with it second half, but could it be that the 7-1
penalty count against them second half was more because Wigan’s discipline
was excellent rather than the referee being turned by John Bateman having
a chat to him at half time?
I mean David Cameron and
Barack Obama met at Downing Street this weekend and I assume it was to
discuss sending Bateman out to Syria to sort the mess out there. If his
powers of persuasion are that good, he is the right man for the job!
A lot of them penalties to
my recall weren’t ruck penalties anyway. At least four were survival ones
on the try line. Dean Hatton at Wigan St Pats was given a new world record
for fastest try recently, well Huddersfield must have set a new record for
quickest sin binning after a team warning. Just eight seconds of game time
elapsed between the warning and Cobb getting the yellow card out his back
I still think the attack
from Wigan clunked a lot in its execution but you have to admire the
resilience of the side. I make that five times this year that Wigan have
won a game that they’d be trailing in the final quarter. I think that is a
sign of the squad maturing mentality with experience because I certainly
think that’s where we fell just short last year and I’d point to our then
poor away record to back that suggestion up.
Suggestions are that over
the next fortnight Dom Manfredi, George Williams, Liam Farrell, Sean
O’Loughlin, Dom Crosby, Ben Flower could all be available. With Sam
Tomkins due back for the Hull game also, the time will surely come
for our attack to step up a gear?
I mean, Wigan went top
last Thursday and on that night you had bottom of the table Huddersfield
having scored more attacking points than top of the table. I genuinely
wonder if that has ever happened in the history of sport? Certainly so
deep into the season?
This week we go to
Warrington with the team no doubt wanting to right the wrongs of the
beginning of the month. I hope we can repeat what we did last year when we
responded to a pretty poor 17-6 loss at Warrington in July with a 28-0
victory in August!
Obviously that will be
easier said than done but it'll be a big result for Wigan if they can get
it. They'll go above a Warrington side who've been on top form for most of
the year whilst we've been rolling alone with a limp attack and plenty of
injuries. It'll also send the Wires to four defeats in six matches if we
win, which would add some self doubt to them and perhaps expose how
reliant they are to Chris Sandow.
They'll be happy, fine and
dandy with the victory though so it's up to us to put in a good
performance. Should be a telling night I think.