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Match Report: Widnes 18 Wigan 42
Posted by Bilko on January 27 2008 - 17:21

Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors. Pre Season Friendly
Sunday 27th January 2008. Kick Off 2:00pm at Stobart Stadium.

Story of the Match

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.

Wigan got 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.

Wigan continued 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.

Wigan had 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 time.

Team Sheets

- Widnes Position Wigan -
1 Gavin Dodd Full Back Richie Mathers 1
2 Dean Gaskell Winger Nicky Stanton 26
3 Ian Hardman Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Tim Hartley Centre George Carmont 4
5 Adam Bowman Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Lee Patterson Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Bob Beswick Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Iain Morrison Prop Andy Coley 15
9 Mark Smith Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Jim Gannon Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
11 Danny Hill 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
12 Dayne Donohue 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
13 Paul Noone L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
14 Steve Roper Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
15 Tommy Gallagher Substitute Paul Prescott 19
16 Paddy Flynn Substitute Joel Tomkins 22
17 Rob Draper Substitute Josh Vievers 21
18 Scott Yates Substitute Ben Kavanagh 23
19 Michael Ostick Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24
20 Shane Grady Substitute Thomas Coyle 25
- - Substitute Sam Tomkins 29
- - Substitute Shaun Ainscough 31
- - Substitute Liam Farrell 32
- - Substitute Chris Gerrard 33
- - Substitute Sam Reay 40

Score Sheet

Widnes Vikings 18 - Wigan Warriors 42
Tries (3):
Iain Morrison
Dean Gaskell
Paul Noone
- Tries (7):
Sean O'Loughlin
Mick Higham
Richie Mathers 2
Harrison Hansen 3
Goals:
Tim Hartley 3/3
- Goals:
Pat Richards 5/5
Nick Stanton 2/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Widnes 00 Wigan 04 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Widnes 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards
22nd Minute Widnes 00 Wigan 10 Try: Mick Higham
- Widnes 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards
25th Minute Widnes 00 Wigan 16 Try: Richie Mathers
- Widnes 00 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards
28th Minute Widnes 00 Wigan 22 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Widnes 00 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards
31st Minute Widnes 00 Wigan 28 Try: Richie Mathers (2)
- Widnes 00 Wigan 30 Conversion: Pat Richards
36th Minute Widnes 04 Wigan 30 Try: Iain Morrison
- Widnes 06 Wigan 30 Conversion: Tim Hartley
40th Minute Widnes 10 Wigan 30 Try: Dean Gaskell
- Widnes 12 Wigan 30 Conversion: Tim Hartley
Half Time Widnes Vikings 12 Wigan Warriors 30
45th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Mike McIlorum (Fighting)
45th Minute Widnes Sin Bin Dean Gaskell (Fighting)
47th Minute Widnes 12 Wigan 34 Try: Harrison Hansen (2)
- Widnes 12 Wigan 36 Conversion: Nick Stanton
55th Minute Widnes 12 Wigan 40 Try: Harrison Hansen (3)
- Widnes 12 Wigan 42 Conversion: Nick Stanton
72nd Minute Widnes 16 Wigan 42 Try: Paul Noone
- Widnes 18 Wigan 42 Conversion: Tim Hartley
Full Time Widnes Vikings 18 Wigan Warriors 42

Referee

Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven)

Match Attendance

5,151

Comments
we ate saints on January 30 2008 - 15:22
i thing it was a great win for wigan and hope they keep it like that into the season.
jonnycraven on February 07 2008 - 16:29
I think we played very well
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