I have certainly laboured the point
about our poor attack this season and the fact we have now
earned our lowest scoring victory since a 6-4 Challenge Cup
win at Hull KR in 1990 kind of adds fuel to that fire.
However, I don't think Wigan should be
criticised for that after this. I think praise is due for
the dogged effort that the lads put in to dig deep and win
this one. You have to remember that we had NINE England
Internationals absent for this game. Most sides would be
dead on their arse losing that amount of talent.
The defence deserves high praise for
their efforts. The last ditch tackle by Ben Flower. The
last ditch tackle by Josh Charnley. A one on one ball strip
to stop a break by Charnley that reminded me of the effort
on Jamie Shaul at Wembley in 2013. The chase back on
Patrick Ah Van by Joe Bretherton to stop him. Four
wonderful tackles in the last twenty minutes by Dom
Manfredi. Probably more as well that I can't remember off
top of my head but that was a lot of guts.
Add in the weather, a debutant Jake
Shorrocks, injuries to Nick Gregson and Anthony Gelling
during the game and Dom Crosby suffering also for a while
as well and you just have to say it all comes together for
one excellent result.
It might not have been pretty at times
but it's a good job done. Five wins away in a row whilst
elsewhere the teams around us have been playing each other.
I mean you look at Warrington v Catalan playing tonight now
and it's almost a free pass in which we can take positives
from which ever side loses.
Widnes may have been unlucky with errors
over the line on a couple of occasions but I think Denis
Betts is a bit deluded to say they were the better team.
They had a pretty strong line up there but yet produced a
really poor display. I also think they made an error in not
taking a penalty for 7-2 during the last 15 minutes. They
needed two scores but yet didn't take an opportunity to
find one of them when it was a simple effort to do so. That
would have avoided desperate play against the clock late
and really put the pressure on Wigan.
The scoring action is simple to report.
A nice try from Josh Charnley in the 48th Minute and then
an excellent decision to go for drop goal from Matty Smith
ten minutes later for 7-0. Not much else to say other than
it's a job well done. The important thing now is the cup
tie next week.