Quite a comfortable run out for Wigan, it has to be said. 40
minutes of first team players in which they took control of
the match, leading 30-0 after as many minutes, then 40 minutes of
the youngsters giving a decent account of themselves.
off to the perfect start, forcing a drop out as Widnes messed up
receiving the kick off. This gave Wigan all the early territory
and they punished with a try from captain Sean O'Loughlin in the
4th minute. Richards converted - 6-0 Wigan.
Soon after Wigan
lost Thomas Leuluai to what looked like a shoulder injury. Hard to
tell how serious it was but he did not return.
to dominate during the opening quarter but a mixture of good
Widnes defence and fumbles from Trent Barrett especially, who was
not at the races today, kept Widnes in it.
The Warriors finally
broke through in the 22nd minute with a try from Mick Higham, then
soon after Richie Mathers went over for a debut try. Simple crash
over from close range. Richards converted both - 18-0.
the roll on and scored again through Harrison Hansen before
Mathers scored his second. This effort was much harder but
considering he'd played just 6 first team matches since June 2006,
it was a well taken effort. He broke clear 40 metres out but just
about had the legs to beat four chasing Widnes defenders. Richards
continued to convert making it 30-0 in 31 minutes.
Then came a
good ten minute spell for Widnes up to half time in which they
scored twice as Wigan's discipline let them down. First a penalty
awarded close to the goal line was tapped quickly and Iain
Morrison went through a huge gap under the sticks. Then after the
hooter had sounded they were awarded another penalty, in which
they tapped, swung out wide, and sent Dean Gaskell over in the
corner. Tim Hartley converted both to make it 30-12 at half time.
The second half brought mass changes from Wigan, with all but
George Carmont, Feka Paleaaesina and Mick Higham, from those that
started, sitting out the half. The likes of Shaun Ainscough, Sam
Reay, Mike McIlorum, Thomas Coyle, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Liam
Farrell, Nick Stanton, Josh Vievers, Chris Gerrard and Ben
Kavanagh were given a run out and they held their own
for long periods. Mainly I suppose due to the fact Wigan had 5
substitutes more than Widnes.
Wigan wrapped up the match early in
the second half with two tries from Harrison Hansen (which
completed his hatrick). Before those tries though a fight saw Mike
McIlorum and Widnes' Dean Gaskell sin binned.
Widnes did score a
late try through Paul Noone but even against a young Wigan side
they didn't threaten that much.
All in all a great run out I
felt. But means nothing if we don't win in London in a fortnights