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Match Report: Wigan 40 Harlequins 12
Posted by Bilko on July 03 2009 - 22:33

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Wigan Warriors v Harlequins - Engage Super League XIV Round 19.
Friday 3rd July 2009. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Match Report

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 better tonight.

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 League season.

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 though.

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 Wigan win.

Reaction to the Action

Wigan Coach Brian Noble: "I thought it was a good show all round, I thought in the last 10 minutes we looked a bit sloppy but that's credit to Harlequins, that's a reflection of their Coach who made sure they kept going and that's all credit to them. I thought we started well, our kicking game was good and our go forward play was pretty good. The game was probably out of reach for them at half time with the send off as well. My eyesight's not so good - I can't quite see the screen - but (the sending off) certainly looked like a forearm or an elbow. I thought Tommy Leuluai and Phil Bailey had super games. It is hard to pick individuals out, our application is good at the moment. We were disappointed with the way we finished the game but that can be understandable on a hot evening when you are 40-6 up. We don't know the extent (of injuries) yet, Sean O'Loughlin has some sort of knee injury as does Mike McIlorum, there are also one or two other bumps and bruises. It may have been a relatively expensive night at the office for us even though it's two points. I've had a word with (Sam Tomkins about his sin binning) as well so that message has been reinforced. But he actually got sin-binned for putting his thumb up. I don't think that was disrespectful - I think he was agreeing with the referee. I don't think he said anything."

Harlequins Coach Brian McDermott: "We did start slowly and then David Howell getting sent off didn't help. In the second half I thought we were very brave and carried on playing. It sometimes hurt us playing because we lost the ball but I would rather do that than go into damage control. I didn't think we did that."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Harlequins -
21 Cameron Phelps Full Back Chris Melling 1
2 Amos Roberts Winger Jon Wells 2
20 Karl Pryce Centre Tony Clubb 14
4 George Carmont Centre David Howell 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Will Sharp 5
25 Sam Tomkins Stand Off Luke Gale 21
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Danny Orr 7
15 Andy Coley Prop Danny Ward 17
9 Mark Riddell Hooker Chad Randall 9
19 Paul Prescott Prop Louis
McCarthy-Scarsbrook
10
12 Phil Bailey 2nd Row Luke Williamson 11
16 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Karl Temata 8
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Matt Gafa 3
-
8 Stuart Fielden Substitute Chad Robinson 12
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Gareth Haggerty 16
14 Joel Tomkins Substitute Daniel Heckenberg 23
17 Mike McIlorum Substitute Mat Gardner 26

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 40 --- Harlequins 12
Tries (8):
Pat Richards
Mark Riddell
Karl Pryce
George Carmont
Amos Roberts
Joel Tomkins
Thomas Leuluai 2
--- Tries (2):
Matt Gafa
Luke Gale
Goals:
Pat Richards 4/8
--- Goals:
Danny Orr 2/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

1min:13 Wigan 04 Harlequins 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 04 Harlequins 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
7mins:32 Wigan 08 Harlequins 00 Try: Mark Riddell (Video Ref)
- Wigan 10 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
11mins:25 Wigan 14 Harlequins 00 Try: Karl Pryce
- Wigan 14 Harlequins 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
24mins:20 Wigan 14 Harlequins 04 Try: Matt Gafa (Video Ref)
- Wigan 14 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Danny Orr (1/1)
27mins:49 Harlequins Red Card David Howell (Elbow on Sam Tomkins)
28mins:22 Wigan 18 Harlequins 06 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 18 Harlequins 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/4)
34mins:41 Wigan 22 Harlequins 06 Try: Amos Roberts
- Wigan 24 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/5)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 24 Harlequins 06
45mins:24 Wigan 28 Harlequins 06 Try: Joel Tomkins (Video Ref)
- Wigan 28 Harlequins 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/6)
53mins:03 Quins Video Ref No Try Will Sharp (Foot in Touch)
55mins:09 Wigan 32 Harlequins 06 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Wigan 34 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/7)
60mins:18 Wigan 38 Harlequins 06 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Wigan 40 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/8)
69mins:46 Quins Video Ref No Try Jon Wells (Knock on in Build Up)
72mins:05 Wigan 40 Harlequins 10 Try: Luke Gale (Video Ref)
- Wigan 40 Harlequins 12 Conversion: Danny Orr (2/2)
75mins:30 Wigan Sin Bin Sam Tomkins (Dissent)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 40 Harlequins 12

Video Highlights

Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 6 Harlequins 3

Video Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham)

Match Attendance

14,977 (Approx 25 away supporters)

Television

Weather

Dry, Sunny Night.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 14 Round 19

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 19 15 0 4 575 310 +265 30
2 Leeds Rhinos 19 14 0 5 523 313 +210 28
3 Huddersfield Giants 19 12 0 7 452 306 +146 24
4 Hull Kingston Rovers 19 11 1 7 444 374 +70 23
5 Harlequins 18 10 0 8 433 377 +56 20
6 Wakefield Wildcats 19 10 0 9 447 443 +4 20
7 Warrington Wolves 19 10 0 9 425 443 -18 20
8 Wigan Warriors 19 9 0 10 466 383 +83 18
9 Castleford Tigers 19 9 0 10 418 487 -69 18
10 Catalans Dragons 18 8 0 10 409 474 -65 16
11 Hull FC 19 8 0 11 372 450 -78 16
12 Bradford Bulls 18 6 1 11 402 492 -90 13
13 Salford City Reds 18 6 0 12 294 491 -197 12
14 Celtic Crusaders 19 2 0 17 264 581 -317 4

Round 19 Results
Fri 3 July Salford City Reds 20 St Helens 10 4,808
Fri 3 July Wigan Warriors 40 Harlequins 12 14,977
Sat 4 July Hull FC 30 Leeds Rhinos 43 11,780
Sat 4 July Celtic Crusaders 6 Warrington Wolves 22 3,231
Sat 4 July Catalan Dragons 23 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 9,073
Sun 5 July Bradford Bulls 38 Castleford Tigers 40 8,971
Sun 5 July Huddersfield Giants 30 Wakefield Wildcats 14 7,486

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