|Prior to kick off we had a minutes applause for the late great Mike Gregory which was a bit emotional. Really we should have been attending today in a match for his honour rather than a Great Britain reject - hopefully an annual Mike Gregory cup clash or something will come about in future years.
Wigan came out in handcuffs it seemed because they couldn't take a
pass. Every set the ball was going to ground and Warrington took
advantage of gifted field position. In defence we were equally as
bad, conceding penalties galore. A penalty allowed Warrington to
get the games first score in the 5th minute as Louis Anderson
crashed over on his Wire debut. Briers converted - 6-0.
later Thomas Leuluai completely made a mess of an attempted kick
to the corner. He was sporting a new shaven haircut which made him
look like Dennis Moran and that attempt was Moran like. Warrington
soon had good field position again and Andy Bracek scored which
after Briers converted made it 12-0 on 9 minutes.
I was texting someone updates during the game which double up
today as handy notes and one of them says "18 minutes - first
completed set by Wigan". Says it all!
Wigan still continued to struggle though and had this been a
league match Warrington probably would have racked up the points.
But low on fitness they never turned the screw on us. They did go
further ahead on the half hour as Lee Briers went over under the posts
and then converted. 18-0 was probably a fair reflection on how bad
On 35 minutes Wigan finally had a good set and this allowed
Paul Prescott to walk in under the posts for an easy score.
Richards converted and at 18-6 I'm wondering how we are still in
Late in the first half Wigan finished strongly on the attack.
About 20 metres out and trying to get a score right on the half
time hooter, Trent Barrett was hit late by Louis Anderson. This
resulted in a sin bin. Didn't see the hit myself so I can't
comment - there was certainly a bad one in the second half from
Darrell Goulding (I think) on a Warrington player which was red
cardable in my eyes. Anyway despite the hooter having sounded
Wigan chose to tap the penalty rather than kick at goal but the
one play kick to the corner was tame and easy to defend - it
summed up our first half really.
All last season Wigan did what they did here. They improved
after the half time break. Early second half, helped greatly with
Warrington being temporarily down to twelve, Wigan broke down the
left and Joel Tomkins went over and all of a sudden it was 18-12
despite our non performance.
Then on 48 minutes came the gamebreaker. Wigan were on the
attack but threw an interception and despite being chased down,
Warrington had the numbers which allowed Simon Grix to score and
the conversion made it 24-12.
The game then became a bit flat as substitutions took hold. On
63 Warrington sealed the match with a try from Matt King in the
corner. Briers converted to make it 30-12.
Wigan though finished on top with two late tries from Leuluai
and Darrell Goulding going over but the damage had been done in
the first half hour. Had we completed some sets early doors I
think we'd have won today - but then again it is the Halliwell
Jones Stadium and once again we've failed to win there in what is
now 6 attempts.