This was a job well done by Wigan on a
hot Sunday Afternoon at Dewsbury. Five tries in the opening
twenty minutes had the game pretty much wrapped up early
and although the second half reverted to the type of attack
we've witnessed a lot of this season, the first half saw
some encouraging signs.
Fair enough this was only Championship
opposition but this was only the second time this season
we'd had both George Williams and Sean O'Loughlin play in
their natural positions together and it sparked some buzz
into the attack at least. Particularly on the left edge of
It was down that wing that Wigan did all
their early damage. Josh Charnley scored a brace either
side of a Williams touch down whilst Oliver Gildart and Dan
Sarginson also crossed the whitewash.
Matty Smith had missed the first two
conversions off the left touchline and was quickly given
the flick for Charnley to take over but he too had a
horrible attempt at the third conversion. Eventually though
the tries began to be rounded off under the sticks and that
saw the score board ticking up to 24-0.
Dewsbury meanwhile had been testing
Wigan defensively on occasions but Wigan were seeing off
that threat except for a solo effort from Paul Sykes who
left John Bateman flat on his backside in scoring that one,
he couldn't convert though.
Bateman might have been worked up about
that because he responded with two tries in the ten minutes
up to half time and Wigan went into the sheds with a 36-4
George Williams then came off at half
time and with Lewis Tierney on the bench that was obviously
the plan from the off. Despite the switch, Wigan did get
two quick fire tries to start the second forty with both
Ryan Sutton and Gildart crossing for his second.
48-4 with 35 minutes to go and I was
wondering if the record away victory of 84-6 v Hull KR in
2013 was under threat but the last half hour was pretty
dire from both teams to be fair.
Wigan did find one further score through
Tierney in the 57th Minute but that proved to be it for the
rest of the game at 54-4.
Nothing really occurred in a final
quarter that was summed up when Anthony Gelling broke 50
metres down the field and not one Wigan player made an
effort to support him. Maybe I'm harsh given the hot
conditions but I thought that was poor. Then blind panic
ensued when it dawned on some Wigan players that Gelling
had bugger all to play the ball to and was made to look a
fool when it wasn't really his fault.
Anyway it was a job done and perhaps
Wigan were thinking ahead to a big game on Friday against