Well this was a pretty
routine victory for Wigan. They took control of the match well
before David Howell was sent off in the 28th minute for a elbow
smash on Sam Tomkins. In the end four missed conversions helped
flatter the score for Harlequins. Bit worrying from Pat who's goal
kicking success rate is down to 68.1% this season. Last year it
was 80.1% but despite the drop in success he drew level with
Michael Dobson at the top of the Super League points scoring
charts this season. Pat is looking to finish top points scorer in
Super League for the third season in a row.
It was a good team
performance with both left and right attack getting involved and I
do feel our right wing attack looked a lot stronger with Karl
Pryce having been brought in at Centre. Phil Bailey returned to
the second row with Joel Tomkins dropping to the bench.
It took about 90 seconds for Wigan to open the scoring. Sean
O'Loughlin made the yards with a break before George Carmont sent
Pat over in the corner with a lovely pass. Richards couldn't
convert - 4-0.
Second try came in the 8th minute after Karl Pryce went close
to scoring out wide on the right. Ball came back inside to Sam
Tomkins who put in a neat kick that was touched down by Mark
Riddell. Richards converted that one - 10-0.
Four minutes later and Wigan scored again. Thomas Leuluai put a
bomb up in the air and Amos Roberts stripped it one on one from
defender Will Sharp. It ended up swung out to Karl Pryce who went
over in the corner but Richards couldn't convert - 14-0. Been
critical of our kicking game in recent weeks but it was a lot
Quins had little territory early on but did come back into the
game with a try from Matt Gafa on 25 minutes. Danny Orr put a bomb
up and Gafa beat a flat footed Richards for the score. Paat should
be disappointed with that effort. Orr converted to make the score
a flattering 14-6 but any hope the Londoners had to win the match
was ended three minutes later.
That was when Howell received his red car for his elbow smash
on Sam Tomkins. Complete lunacy especially as play had just been
put dead with Wigan being pulled up for a forward pass. Sam was
lucky to be unhurt. The sending off was the first of this Super
The damage was made worse for Quins because referee Steve
Ganson awarded Wigan the penalty and they took full advantage.
Sharp pass from O'Loughlin sent Carmont in but Richards failed to
convert again to leave the score at 18-6.
Then with half time approaching Amos Roberts was sent over by
Phil Bailey to which Pat converted this time to make the score
24-6 at the break.
It was always going to be a case of how many second half. 6
minutes in and Joel Tomkins took advantage of some poor tackling
to force his way over. Richards' missed a fourth conversion
Quins could have pulled a score back but Will Sharp was deemed
to have a foot in touch by the video referee. Wigan soon went
further ahead after former Warrior Chris Melling knocked on in
front of his own post. Thomas Leuluai soon crashed over from close
range and then two minutes later scored again in similar fashion.
Richards converted both scores to make it 40-6 to Wigan with a
quarter of the game to go.
Wigan shut up shop after that and the last two opportunities
went to Quins. Jon Wells
had a try denied by the video referee before Luke Gale scored in
the corner. Orr converted to make the final score 40-12.
Before the game was out Steve Ganson sent Sam Tomkins into the
sin bin for dissent. Looks typical pedantic Ganson. Tomkins put
his thumb up to say OK and Ganson took it the wrong way. Anyway it
was pretty irrelevant in the whole context of this comfortable