As appeared in Wigan
Evening Post 18th Man Page - 17th May 2016
How disappointing last
Friday against Hull to see Wigan 16-0 down within quarter of an hour and
the match practically already lost. Fair enough to get back to 18-16 down
was a good effort but this awful attack continues to be mightily
frustrating to watch.
Dan Sarginson throwing a
lazy pass into touch on the half way line set an early poor tone and I
just found that showing really painful to sit through if I’m honest and I
know a lot of fans are in the same mind-set.
The reason for that is
because this isn’t a one off. Chronic slow starts have been a problem all
season, highlighted by the fact that Wigan have scored ten or less at half
time in THIRTEEN of their sixteen matches this season and bear in mind one
of those three exceptions was the cup tie at Dewsbury.
In Super League matches
that is equating to a paltry 6.7 points per first half on average this
year. Of course Rugby League is an 80-minute game, and it actually shows
excellent character and bottle to have turned consistently bad starts like
that into nine league wins, but mentally the slow, lackluster, error
ridden starts are leaving a lot of supporters with a totally negative mind
set of what they are watching and it has to be said the frustration is
Absences of key players
from key positions certainly haven’t helped at all but I still not sure
that can excuse for the fact that this current attack is performing WORSE
than the attack of the 2006 season was doing after the same 14 games we’ve
played so far.
That side in 2006, that
had lost twelve of their fourteen matches and sat bottom of Super League,
had scored 266 points after 14 matches and this was the Dennis Moran led
Wigan side before Michael Dobson and Stuart Fielden had got anywhere near
Wigan of 2016 after 14
matches have scored 264 points. It is remarkable that we are performing
with a relegation standard attack but yet are fifth in the league and only
two points off top of the table. Absolutely remarkable.
I hope and I pray that our
attack will finally spark into life this Saturday and put in performance
that will surely condemn Leeds to the embarrassing indignity of Middle 8s
Rugby come the mid-season split.
I have the faith to be
honest, because we’ve put in some great performances at Magic Weekend in
recent years, but if we produce what has been a very typical first half
display this season then I don’t think we’ll beat Leeds. I hope we are at
this one from the off!