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Match Report: Warrington 20 Wigan 22
Posted by Bilko on February 20 2010 - 20:19

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Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XV Round 3.
Saturday 20th February 2010. Kick Off 5:30pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

At the end of a breathtaking 80 minutes I'm not sure either side deserved to win this contest, but the try that won the match for Wigan, finished by Joel Tomkins, deserved to win any game of Rugby League.

Their is a clear way to look at that result and certainly the Warrington fans will point to the moment Lee Briers left the field injured but Wigan have notoriously finished games strongly in recent times and from out point of view we have to be pleased to have won this match despite never ever respecting possession.

The first 40 minutes from Wigan was pretty disappointing to say the least. We made it easy for the home side, with poor errors and conceded penalties. Personally I felt we ended up quite lucky to be only 16-4 down at the break.

I think Warrington only needed a drop goal to win the game second half but they never got close to taking a shot and once Wigan launched their fight back, I think only they were in full control of where the two points would end up but they almost blew it off their own backs.

Warrington hammered at Wigan's defence from the off and despite dominating the early territory it was Wigan who got the opening try. What a try as well. Amos Roberts has been the stand out player from our opening two matches and he continued his fine form tonight. The try was all his own work, breaking through straight up the middle, he put Matt King on his arse, then beat another defender, before crashing over under pressure. Pat Richards failed to convert so the lead was just 4-0.

That try was against the run of play and the rest of the half offered a true reflection of the way the contest was going, with Warrington taking control of the match.

First try for them came on 18 minutes with youngster Richie Myler crashing over from close range. Michael Monaghan sent him shooting through a gap and a conversion from Lee Briers made it 6-4.

Ten minutes later that slender lead was increased with Richie Mathers and Chris Bridge combining to send Chris Riley over in the right corner. Briers failed to convert from the touchline - 10-4.

Wigan then got a bit of luck with a try for Monaghan himself being ruled out for a knock on but that relief was soon extinguished with another Warrington try just before half time. David Solomona crashed over from close range and the conversion from Briers made it 16-4. Believe me we were desperate for half time at this point. Failing to find touch with a late penalty showed that!

As so often is the case, the first try of the second half was again vital to the final outcome. Had Warrington got it, they would have cruised to an easy victory and they looked to have claimed it after Lee Mossop had knocked on the kick off which soon after saw Lee Briers crash over but thankfully Solomona had knocked on in the build up

Briers then hobbled off the field on 50 minutes and it is easy to point to that moment being the turnaround in the game. The truth is, we'll never know but if that's a bit of luck our way, we have to take it.

Warrington struggled from that moment. That had dominated Wigan on their last tackles but without Briers no one stood up to take control. It was Richie Myler's big moment in my view but his inexperience was evident for all to see.

Wigan's fight back began with Roberts claiming his second try on 55 minutes. His effort took some scoring but he did manage to ground what was his sixth try in 3 matches this season. Richards failed to convert and that could have been a crucial miss had Wigan not scored again moments later.

Roberts may not have claimed his hatrick for the next Wigan try but he was the architect of a move that Darrell Goulding finished off in the right corner. Phil Bailey got an offload away in the tackle which sent Roberts probing down the right wing. He evaded a poor tackle attempt from King before slipping the ball out to send Darrell Goulding over in the corner. Referee Richard Silverwood asked for the opinion of video ref Phil Bentham but it was a clear try. Pat then converted his most difficult kick of the night to make it 16-14.

Wigan were now in control of the contest and Warrington were having to concede penalties to handle the pressure. One such penalty came in front of the posts and Pat easily slotted it over to tie the scores at 16-16.

The game was now Wigan's to win and on the next set Sam Tomkins showed his true quality. Last tackle, about fourty out, Warrington look set to defend our efforts but Sam put in a lovely chip over the top, caught his own ball, found Thomas Leuluai who sent Joel Tomkins over for the try. Easy(ish) conversion for Pat made it 22-16 and their looked to be no chance of a Warrington fight back.

But Wigan did not go into close out mode following that score. They should have looked to shut up shop and keep Warrington deep but they lacked a bit of clever mentality.

Warrington did help themselves though with a quality 40/20 kick from Michael Monaghan. He spotted Richards hadn't dropped back on the last and put Warrington into position to make Wigan sweat to the finish. Although they didn't score from the 40/20, it did put them in good territory to force a knock on from Joel Tomkins thirty from his own line. Then after a penalty, Louis Anderson crashed over from close range. It wasn't near the touchline but close enough to ensure a tough conversion for Chris Bridge, which went wide, and that proved to be a crucial miss - Wigan led 22-20 with 6 minutes to go.

I mentioned Richie Myler showing some inexperience but Sam Tomkins also showed inexperience when he kicked out on the full trying to pin Warrington back deep in their own half. Nice idea but it failed miserably and should really have cost us the game.

That error put Warrington right on the front foot and it was quickly followed a penalty after Harrison Hansen was penalised fourty metres out but rather that take the two to level the scores they kicked for touch. From the tap Solomona looked to have nicked the win with a trademark try but knocked on a bugs dick from the line. It was less than inches away but a correct decision by the video ref and Sam Tomkins relief was their for all to see. Amos Roberts fittingly was underneath Solomona to deny him the score, with some help from Joel Tomkins.

Wigan still had a minute to see out but despite Warrington attacking right up to the final second of the game, they held on to claim the two points. Have to say either side could have won the match but relieved that Wigan have not only claimed the win, but more that they have got that Halliwell Jones Stadium hoo-doo finally off their backs. And on that evidence I would not be surprised if Wigan v Warrington is repeated late in the play offs.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Michael Maguire: "It was very nervous. It was one of those calls, a little bit of luck went our way. It was a very tight match and it could have gone either way. I told them at half-time to go back to what we've been practising and they did that. It's good to see the players getting their rewards for the hard work they've put in in the pre-season but it's only round three and our boys are aware of what we need to do. (Amos Roberts has) been performing week in, week out for us. He had a really good pre-season and it's allowed him to lay the platform for what he's doing now. I'm well aware of the type of player he can be and he's only going to improve."

Warrington Coach Tony Smith: "(David Solomona) is distraught in there, saying sorry to all his team-mates. But it's not all down to him and he'll score plenty this year. It's fine-line stuff sometimes, we were within a centimetre or two of snatching the victory. t's not just down to one thing, we had a few opportunities. In the second half we didn't perform the way we wanted to. We went a bit flat and allowed our opposition to get back into it. That's what they can do. They're a dangerous team, they've got some speed and can turn it on.  We probably could have done with (Lee Briers) in that tight situation at the end but it's a team sport and you get injuries. Some of the momentum had shifted before Lee went off. If we're in there fighting and competing like we did tonight every game this year I'll be a proud coach. I thought the effort from both teams was enormous and I think both teams will enjoy their season if they're in there competing like that."

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan -
1 Richie Mathers Full Back Amos Roberts 2
2 Chris Riley Winger Darrell Goulding 24
4 Chris Bridge Centre Martin Gleeson 3
23 Ryan Atkins Centre George Carmont 4
3 Matt King Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Lee Briers Stand Off Sam Tomkins 6
7 Richie Myler Scrum Half Paul Deacon 19
8 Adrian Morley Prop Stuart Fielden 8
9 Michael Monaghan Hooker Thomas Leuluai 7
10 Garreth Carvell Prop Andy Coley 10
11 Louis Anderson 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
12 Ben Westwood 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 12
13 Ben Harrison L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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14 Mick Higham Substitute Paul Prescott 14
16 Paul Wood Substitute Phil Bailey 16
17 Simon Grix Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 17
26 David Solomona Substitute Lee Mossop 23
- Tony Smith Coach Michael Maguire -

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 20 --- Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (4):
Richie Myler
Chris Riley
David Solomona
Louis Anderson
--- Tries (4):
Amos Roberts 2
Darrell Goulding
Joel Tomkins
Goals:
Lee Briers 2/3
Chris Bridge 0/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

07mins:59 Warrington 00 Wigan 04 Try: Amos Roberts
- Warrington 00 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
17mins:49 Warrington 04 Wigan 04 Try: Richie Myler
- Warrington 06 Wigan 04 Conversion: Lee Briers (1/1)
27mins:24 Warrington 10 Wigan 04 Try: Chris Riley
- Warrington 10 Wigan 04 L.Briers Missed Conversion (1/2)
34mins:12 Warr Video Ref No Try Michael Monaghan (Didn't Ground)
36mins:43 Warrington 14 Wigan 04 Try: David Solomona
- Warrington 16 Wigan 04 Conversion: Lee Briers (2/3)
Half Time Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 04
41mins:33 Warr Video Ref No Try Lee Briers (Knock On in Build Up)
55mins:27 Warrington 16 Wigan 08 Try: Amos Roberts (2) (Video Ref)
- Warrington 16 Wigan 08 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/2)
58mins:28 Warrington 16 Wigan 12 Try: Darrell Goulding (Video Ref)
- Warrington 16 Wigan 14 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/3)
66mins:08 Warrington 16 Wigan 16 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/4)
67mins:31 Warrington 16 Wigan 20 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Warrington 16 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
71mins:11 Warrington 40/20 Kick Michael Monaghan
73mins:03 Warrington 20 Wigan 22 Try: Louis Anderson
- Warrington 20 Wigan 22 C.Bridge Missed Conversion (0/1)
78mins:49 Warr Video Ref No Try David Solomona (Knock On)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 20 Wigan Warriors 22

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Penalties Conceded

Warrington 9 Wigan 10

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Warrington 2 Wigan 0

Video Referee

Phil Bentham

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Amos Roberts
2nd: Andy Coley 3rd: Harrison Hansen 4th: Joel Tomkins 5th: Stuart Fielden

Match Attendance

13,024 (Capacity)

Television

Weather

Dry but Cold.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 15 Round 3

- Team P W D L F A Diff Form Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 3 3 0 0 92 32 +60 W3 6
2 Wakefield Wildcats 3 3 0 0 74 48 +26 W3 6
3 Warrington Wolves 3 2 0 1 106 38 +68 L1 4
4 Huddersfield Giants 3 2 0 1 60 26 +34 W1 4
5 St Helens 3 2 0 1 92 60 +32 W2 4
6 Hull FC 3 2 0 1 62 36 +26 L1 4
7 Leeds Rhinos 4 2 0 2 84 68 +16 W1 4
8 Crusaders 4 2 0 2 66 104 -42 W2 4
9 Castleford Tigers 3 1 0 2 62 79 -17 L2 2
10 Bradford Bulls 3 1 0 2 59 84 -25 W1 2
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 3 1 0 2 36 74 -38 L2 2
12 Harlequins 3 1 0 2 26 80 -54 W1 2
13 Salford City Reds 3 0 0 3 38 88 -50 L3 0
14 Catalans Dragons 3 0 0 3 36 86 -50 L3 0

Super League 15 Round 3 Results
Sat 30 Jan Harlequins 10 Wakefield Wildcats 18 3,688
Fri 19 Feb Leeds Rhinos 22 Salford City Reds 10 12,700
Fri 19 Feb Bradford Bulls 41 Castleford Tigers 22 8,019
Sat 20 Feb Catalans Dragons 12 St Helens 42 7,825
Sat 20 Feb Warrington Wolves 20 Wigan Warriors 22 13,024
Sun 21 Feb Crusaders 18 Hull FC 16  6,784
Sun 21 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 0 Huddersfield Giants 30 7,575

Comments
colly13 on February 20 2010 - 21:44
What a game!!! Well played by all the players
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