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Match Report: Warrington 40 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on April 29 2016 - 12:02

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Thursday 28th April 2016
Warrington Wolves 40 Wigan Warriors 10
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 13 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Warrington    
4 Dan Sarginson       5 Matty Russell    
2 Josh Charnley  T      2 Tom Lineham    
3 Anthony Gelling       3 Rhys Evans    
20 Oliver Gildart       4 Ryan Atkins  T2   
22 Lewis Tierney       20 Kevin Penny  T   
27 Nick Gregson       1 Kurt Gidley    G6 
7 Matty Smith    G    6 Stefan Ratchford    
15 Tony Clubb       8 Chris Hill    
16 Sam Powell       9 Daryl Clark  T   

Lee Mossop


Ashton Sims

14 John Bateman  T      11 Ben Currie    
25 Willie Isa       12 Jack Hughes    

Ryan Sutton


Joe Westerman

6 George Williams       13 Ben Westwood  T2   
19 Taulima Tautai       18 George King    
26 Greg Burke       29 Benjamin Julien  T   
34 Jack Wells       32 Jordan Cox    


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.

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



First Utility Super League 21 - Round 13 Results
Thu 28 Apr Warrington Wolves 40 Wigan Warriors 10 11,724
Fri 29 Apr Huddersfield Giants 28 Leeds Rhinos 20 7,536
Fri 29 Apr Hull FC 28 Catalan Dragons 26 11,374
Fri 29 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 18 Widnes Vikings 16 4,398
Sat 30 Apr Salford Red Devils 44 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 3,048
Sun 1 May Castleford Tigers 20 St Helens 30 6,658

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 13 10 0 3 391 210 +181 20
2 Catalan Dragons 13 9 0 4 382 276 +106 18
3 Hull FC 13 9 0 4 351 291 +60 18
4 Wigan Warriors 13 9 0 4 248 273 -25 18
5 St Helens 13 8 0 5 314 297 +17 16
6 Widnes Vikings 13 6 0 7 316 277 +39 12
7 Wakefield Wildcats 13 6 0 7 284 336 -52 12
8 Castleford Tigers 13 5 1 7 297 389 -92 11

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 3 1 9 274 359 -85 7
10 Salford Red Devils 13 6 0 7 346 343 +3   6*
11 Huddersfield Giants 13 3 0 10 285 339 -54 6
12 Leeds Rhinos 13 3 0 10 230 328 -98 6

*Salford Deducted Six Points for Salary Cap Breaches in 2014 & 2015

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