Match Report: Warrington 43 Wigan 24
Posted by Bilko on November 17 2007 - 22:23

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Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XII Rd 22
Sunday 5th August 2007. Kick Off 3:00pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

Basically Wigan were shite! :D

Story of the Match

Warrington swept to their fourth win in a row to pile on the agony for trouble-torn Wigan.

The Wolves, with skipper Lee Briers masterminding the show, romped into a 25-6 interval lead to maintain their march up the Super League table.

Briers notched a try, helped set up several others and booted seven goals from seven attempts plus a drop goal.

Wigan axed winger Mark Calderwood after last week's embarrassing Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Catalans at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Boss Brian Noble recalled Chris Ashton with Pat Richards reverting from full back to wing as Wigan desperately sought a much-needed victory after their recent troubles. It never looked like materialising.

A four-point salary cap deduction and Maurice Lindsay's decision to quit at the end of the season has been followed by owner Dave Whelan revealing he is ready to sell Wigan.

Warrington were missing Chris Leikvoll, Paul Johnson and Vinnie Anderson but still had too much power for Wigan.

The Wolves took only three minutes to go ahead with smart passing from Chris Bridge, Briers, Brent Grose and Martin Gleeson putting Stuart Reardon over in the corner.

Then wing sensation Kevin Penny lit up the stadium taking Jon Clarke's pass to race 40 yards and round Ashton with little room to manoeuvre and bag his 10th try in only eight starts.

Mistakes by Ashton and skipper Sean O'Loughlin had proved costly for the first two tries but Wigan threatened a recovery when Phil Bailey and Ashton combined for Liam Colbon to go over after 11 minutes and cut the gap to 12-6.

Then Briers forced his way over from dummy half and booted his third conversion.

Wigan were on the rack and their plight worsened when Brent Grose took Martin Gleeson's pass straight from a scrum to scorch through a gap and make it 24-6.

Wigan switched Ashton to the wing with Richards reverting to full back with Warrington on fire.

It would have been worse for Wigan had Penny and Henry Fa'afili both tried to score from Briers kick and the chance was lost.

Fa'afili then inexplicably dropped the ball over the line after being put through by Bridge.

Gaz Hock was denied a Wigan try by a forward pass from Bridge before Warrington blew a third touchdown when Briers spoiled an electrifying burst by failing to pass to the supporting Martin Gleeson.

A Briers drop goal gave Warrington the commanding interval advantage.

Wigan needed an early score in the second half and Thomas Leuluai obliged, taking Iafeta Paleaaesina's pass to sidestep Grose and go over under the posts with Richards adding the goal.

Warrington missed a fourth try when Penny should have gone himself but passed inside to Henry Fa'afili. Penny took the return ball but was then knocked into touch.

Harrison Hansen saved a Bridge try with a superb tackle after more Briers magic.

Stuart Fielden can consider himself harshly dealt with for his 56th-minute sin-binning for a challenge on Briers whose pass to Clarke extended the lead to 31-12.

Darrell Goulding went over for Wigan but Warrington soon responded through Fa'afili and Bridge to wrap up an emphatic victory.

Goulding added outclassed Wigan's final try in stoppage time.

Game Breaking Moment

First whistle really. Poor from the off.

Top Player

Darrell Goulding

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It felt like deja vu, it's not a great stadium for us. Full credit to Warrington, I thought they showed some strong touches at the right time. We gave ourselves an awful start again. Maybe there is a bit of emotion after what's happened. We practised well at the end of the week. We addressed the technical type of things but we couldn't get passed play one in the first half and that makes it hard. In the second half we were a bit more positive with the ball but there are certainly some things we need to work on before Friday. Warrington came up with some super plays at the right times. I don't know if it was a sin binning, I would need to take a look at the footage. There were plenty of other things we did wrong. We got within two scores on a couple of occasions and then compounded the situation with some errors. This team has been here before, been in a bit of a hole, we will stick together, the players will listen and respond. The effort is there, we are making some uncharacteristic errors. I thought Darrell Goulding showed what a good player he is, sharp. Liam Colbon again looked strong. It has been a terrible two weeks but we will get over it and climb our way back. It is how we respond, we don't get to sulk because we have an important game on Friday. We just need to give ourselves a chance to play football."

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan -
5 Brent Grose Full Back Chris Ashton 1
1 Stuart Reardon Winger Liam Colbon 23
3 Martin Gleeson Centre Phil Bailey 3
2 Henry Fa'afili Centre David Vaealiki 14
26 Kevin Penny Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Chris Bridge Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Lee Briers Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
16 Paul Wood Prop Stuart Fielden 8
14 Mark Gleeson Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Paul Rauhihi Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
11 Adrian Morley 2nd Row Gareth Hock 11
12 Ben Westwood 2nd Row Bryan Fletcher 12
9 Jon Clarke L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
15 Rob Parker Substitute Paul Prescott 18
20 Simon Grix Substitute Harrison Hansen 19
21 Andy Bracek Substitute Darrell Goulding 20
22 Ben Harrison Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 43 - Wigan Warriors 24
Tries (7):
Brent Grose 2
Kevin Penny
Lee Briers
Jon Clarke
Henry Fa'afili
Chris Bridge
- Tries (4):
Liam Colbon
Thomas Leuluai
Darrell Goulding 2
Goals:
Lee Briers 7/7
- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/4
Drop Goals:
Lee Briers 1
- -

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Warrington 04 Wigan 00 Try: Brent Grose
- Warrington 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Lee Briers (1/1)
8th Minute Warrington 10 Wigan 00 Try: Kevin Penny
- Warrington 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Lee Briers (2/2)
12th Minute Warrington 12 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Colbon
- Warrington 12 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
21st Minute Warrington 16 Wigan 06 Try: Lee Briers
- Warrington 18 Wigan 06 Conversion: Lee Briers (3/3)
24th Minute Warrington 22 Wigan 06 Try: Brent Grose (2)
- Warrington 24 Wigan 06 Conversion: Lee Briers (4/4)
40th Minute Warrington 25 Wigan 06 Drop Goal: Lee Briers
Half Time Warrington Wolves 25 Wigan Warriors 06
43rd Minute Warrington 25 Wigan 10 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Warrington 25 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
55th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Stuart Fielden (Late Tackle)
57th Minute Warrington 29 Wigan 12 Try: Jon Clarke
- Warrington 31 Wigan 12 Conversion: Lee Briers (5/5)
67th Minute Warrington 31 Wigan 16 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Warrington 31 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
69th Minute Warrington 35 Wigan 18 Try: Henry Fa'afili
- Warrington 37 Wigan 18 Conversion: Lee Briers (6/6)
74th Minute Warrington 41 Wigan 18 Try: Chris Bridge
- Warrington 43 Wigan 18 Conversion: Lee Briers (7/7)
80th Minute Warrington 43 Wigan 22 Try: Darrell Goulding (2)
- Warrington 43 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 43 Wigan Warriors 24

Referee

Ian Smith

Match Attendance

12,552

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 22

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 22 16 0 6 671 335 +336 32
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 15 0 7 593 418 +175 30
3 Bradford Bulls* 22 15 0 7 662 480 +182 28
4 Warrington Wolves 22 11 0 11 585 576 +9 22
5 Hull FC 22 10 2 10 442 457 -15 22
6 Huddersfield Giants 22 10 1 11 518 432 +86 21
7 Wakefield Wildcats 22 10 1 11 498 550 -52 21
8 Harlequins 22 9 2 11 419 514 -95 20
9 Wigan Warriors** 22 11 0 11 485 447 +38 18
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 8 0 14 372 591 -219 16
11 Catalans Dragons 22 7 1 14 455 589 -134 15
12 Salford City Reds 22 6 1 15 383 694 -311 13

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 2 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.
**Wigan Warriors Deducted 4 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.

Round 18 Re-Arranged Fixture Result
Sun 29 July Hull FC 48 Salford City Reds 26 13,338

Round 22 Results
Fri 3 Aug St Helens 31 Hull FC 20 10,005
Fri 3 Aug Salford City Reds 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 30 7,165
Sun 5 Aug Harlequins 20 Leeds Rhinos 54 3,734
Sun 5 Aug Bradford Bulls 38 Wakefield Wildcats 24 10,701
Sun 5 Aug Huddersfield Giants 42 Catalan Dragons 22 4,319
Sun 5 Aug Warrington Wolves 43 Wigan Warriors 24 12,552