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Match Report: Warrington 40 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on April 29 2016 - 11:02

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 13
Thursday 28th April 2016. Kick Off 8:00pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Match Report

Arguably the Wigan side that met Warrington this time was weaker than the one that played them earlier in the month. On that occasion we had Dom Manfredi, Sean O'Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Joel Tomkins out on the park.

So was it realistic to expect anything much different that what we saw? Fair enough, Warrington have lost Chris Sandow since then but he is the only one of their first 14 squad numbers absent whilst Wigan played this game without numbers 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 in comparison, whilst Number 6 George Williams was just returning off the bench after almost two months absence.

I mean if the Warrington equivalents in numbers - Kurt Gidley, Matty Russell, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Ashton Sims, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes and Ben Westwood - were all absent for this game playing a full strength, bar one player, Wigan you'd more than likely get a similar result the opposite way.

You just have to accept that Warrington are a damn good side and when almost fully fit like they are, it's going to be hard for a full strength Wigan to beat them, let alone one missing so many.

That though is in no way can excuse for Wigan's continuation of poor attack. I mean we had a spell of attack second half that eventually led to a try but I have to be honest, I was doing some groaning on the radio because the passes were so erratic and it is frustrating because it's been a problem since day 1 of the season and shows little sign of improving.

The absence of Wigan's entire starting pack, by squad number anyway, practically decided this game for me. First twenty minutes was a good battle. We were well in the game, took a good lead, and I thought Tony Clubb was immense during this period.

But once the interchanges came in though, Wigan withered away pretty quickly. Taulima Tautai's impact was pretty poor with two conceded high tackle penalties and a forward pass being punished by three Warrington tries. You cannot give control of a game away that cheaply. Wigan also began to be dominated in the ruck and if that happens then tries being scored is inevitable.

Warrington were just too good on the night and we have to accept that. It helps when they can get down field so easily but every single last tackle play that they produced put pressure on Wigan defenders and then backed it up with strong defence. A spell around the 20-30 minute mark saw them three times trap Wigan inside their own twenty on sets that had begun with good kicks by them. That spell turned the game.

Overall I think, given the lengthy absences we've endured, to reach the cup break inside the Top 4 is a great achievement. However, our attack has to be improve significantly. Fans are not enjoying watching that stuff one bit.

I've said before - the worst attack to win a Super League Title was Leeds in 2007 who averaged 27.7 points per match in the regular season. Wigan 2016 average just 19 points. That highlights how far off the mark we are. Hopefully we can get some bodies back on the field when league action returns with another top 4 clash against Hull in a fortnight.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Wigan 1
5 Matty Russell Full Back Dan Sarginson 4
2 Tom Lineham

Right Wing

Josh Charnley 2
3 Rhys Evans Centre Anthony Gelling 3
4 Ryan Atkins Centre Oliver Gildart 20
20 Kevin Penny Left Wing Lewis Tierney 22
1 Kurt Gidley Stand Off Nick Gregson 27
6 Stefan Ratchford Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Chris Hill Prop Tony Clubb 15
9 Daryl Clark Hooker Sam Powell 16

Ashton Sims


Lee Mossop

11 Ben Currie 2nd Row John Bateman 14
12 Jack Hughes 2nd Row Willie Isa 25

Joe Westerman


Ryan Sutton

13 Ben Westwood Substitute George Williams 6
18 George King Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
29 Benjamin Julien Substitute Greg Burke 26
32 Jordan Cox Substitute Jack Wells 34
- Tony Smith Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 40


Wigan Warriors 10

Tries (7):
Daryl Clark
Ben Westwood 2
Kevin Penny
Ryan Atkins 2
Benjamin Julien


Tries (2):
Josh Charnley
John Bateman

Kurt Gidley 6/7
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

16mins:50 Warrington 00 Wigan 04

Try: Josh Charnley

Warrington 00 Wigan 04 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
22mins:36 Warrington 04 Wigan 04 Try: Daryl Clark
Warrington 06 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (1/1)
28mins:24 Warrington 10 Wigan 04 Try: Ben Westwood
Warrington 12 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (2/2)
38mins:40 Warrington 16 Wigan 04 Try: Kevin Penny
Warrington 18 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (3/3)
Half Time Warrington Wolves 18 Wigan Warriors 04
47mins:29 Warrington 22 Wigan 04 Try: Ryan Atkins
Warrington 24 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (4/4)
57mins:38 Warrington 28 Wigan 04 Try: Ryan Atkins (2)
Warrington 28 Wigan 04 Missed Conv: Kurt Gidley (4/5)
63mins:35 Warrington 32 Wigan 04 Try: Benjamin Julien
Warrington 34 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (5/6)
68mins:47 Warrington 34 Wigan 08

Try: John Bateman

Warrington 34 Wigan 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/2)
78mins:25 Warrington 38 Wigan 10 Try: Ben Westwood (2)
Warrington 40 Wigan 10 Conversion: Kurt Gidley (6/7)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 40 Wigan Warriors 10


Phil Bentham

Penalties Conceded

Warrington 6 Wigan 8

Match Attendance




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