Match Report: Wigan 52 Barrow 0
Posted by Bilko on May 08 2011 - 18:10
Wigan cruised into the fifth round of the Challenge Cup with a very comfortable victory over Championship side Barrow Raiders.

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Wigan Warriors v Barrow Raiders - Carnegie Challenge Cup Round 4.
Sunday 8th May 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

This was really a training session against a spirited Barrow side. Yes the visitors were weakened but they still called upon 8 players who were part of their side that gave Wigan a good run for their money up at Barrow in the same round of this competition two years ago.

In truth it was all Wigan. Barrow never got past half way all game unless they had been gifted territory by a Wigan error. In fairness they did get some gifted territory Barrow and deserved at least one score for their efforts but Wigan were never ever in danger of being threatened in this tie.

Wigan dominated from the off, but it took 11 minutes before Barrow's reasonably strong defence finally broke. Thomas Leuluai broke through to claim it with a conversion from Pat Richards making it 6-0.

That initial try broke the backs of Barrow for a short while with two more tries coming in the next few minutes. First Brett Finch sent Andy Coley clear under the sticks from ten metres out then from a scrum we went out wide on the right, Josh Charnley was heading into touch but threw a blind pass behind him which fell straight into the hands of George Carmont. Not sure what George was doing out on the right but he claimed the score and with Pat converting both it was 18-0.

It then look like Barrow had hit back when Wigan had fumbled the kick off. Nathan Mossop had sent Mike Backhouse over in the right corner, but although the referee and touch judge on that side of the field were all for giving the trip, the touch judge on the far side stood his ground for a forward pass. From my viewpoint it was a correct decision and I suppose you have to credit the touch judge for getting involved and also 21 year old referee Tim Roby for using him.

It was now well into the second quarter of the match and it was now raining heavily. The clouds had been ominous from kick off and it stifled the game for a while. Wouldn't use it as an excuse for Wigan but it was a sloppy next ten minutes.

That was until the fourth try came on 33 minutes. Again from close range, Paul Deacon spun out of tackles from 10 metres out to score just to the right of the posts. Pat converted to make it 24-0 and that's how it remained until half time.

By the start of the second half the dark clouds and heavy rain had been disappeared to be replaced by bright sunshine and with that Wigan scored some good tries second half.

Barrow would have been looking to get the first try of the second half but Sam Tomkins had other ideas with a solo effort just two minutes in. He went on an arching run from 30 metres out and beat a couple of defenders before scoring near the sticks. Pat converted for 30-0.

The visitors could have hit back next but Liam Campbell was denied in the right corner by another forward pass. Soon up the other end Wigan got their sixth try. Close to the line, it was a simple effort for Sean O'Loughlin who just hit enough gas to outpace the defenders. Pat again converted for 36-0.

Soon after that, Jeff Lima was amazingly sin binned on 52 minutes. Barrow had survived a Wigan attack and were looking for a quick restart but Lima was found to be guilty of delaying the restart. I think he just got in the way more than anything but the yellow card was a bit harsh considering you don't really need to be wasting time with a 36-0 lead already in the bag.

The yellow card didn't really halt Wigan's momentum. Leuluai claimed his second after Sam Tomkins sent him coasting under the sticks on 56 minutes. Pat's seventh conversion making it 42-0.

One thing Barrow never did was collapse in a heap. They always kept trying and that perhaps stopped the scoreboard becoming a full on embarrassment. But Wigan did claim two more tries before the full time hooter.

First was a typical Richards effort. Deacon put the bomb in the air and Pat just out leaped the defender to touch down. His conversion wasn't given, even though many thought it was over. Then on 73 minutes Sam claimed his second with a classy effort. He dropped the shoulder from about half way and just had too much pace for any defenders to stop him. Pat converted that one to leave the final score at 52-0.

In the last 5 minutes, Barrow desperately tried to avoid the nil and although ex Wigan academy youngster Andy Ballard twice made half breaks down the left, he was bundled into touch on both occasions. Wigan then into the next round with ease and the draw see's us making a trip to Bradford on Sunday 22nd May. Still fancy us there but surely it'll be a much tougher contest than we had today.

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "Satisfied is probably the best word to use. It was a professional game played by our players. We knew we were going to respect the opposition and I thought we did that by the way we defended our line and managed to put some good tries on. At times they gave us problems. They nearly crossed our line early in the game when they caught us short on the left. They created some good play. We were lucky there was a forward pass or they would have had some points on the board. But we wanted to make sure nobody crossed that white line and that is something we achieved."

Barrow Coach Nigel Wright: "I am proud of their efforts. We gave everything we could and we are not going to get judged on this scoreline. We'll get judged on our league performances. We spoke about the type of intensity we were going to face - the speed of lines and the floor work they do, these guys are probably the best at it in the country, if not rugby league. It has been a big learning curve and hopefully they have taken a lot from it."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Barrow 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Gregg McNally 23
25 Josh Charnley Winger Andy Ballard 2
12 Joel Tomkins Centre Chris Larkin 3
4 George Carmont Centre Liam Harrison 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Mike Backhouse 40
17 Brett Finch Stand Off Jamie Rooney 6
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Liam Campbell 14
10 Andy Coley Prop Jamie Thackray 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Nathan Mossop 18
15 Jeff Lima Prop Jamie Butler 21
16 Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row Martin Ostler 15
22 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Ned Catic 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Zeb Luisi 16
6 Paul Deacon Substitute Mark Gleeson* 9
14 Paul Prescott Substitute Matt James 10
23 Chris Tuson Substitute Michael Knowles 11
33 Jack Hughes Substitute Mark Dixon 19
- Michael Maguire Coach Nigel Wright -

* 9. Mark Gleeson (Barrow) did not Participate off the bench.

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriros 52 --- Barrow Raiders 0
Tries (9):
Thomas Leuluai 2
Andy Coley
George Carmont
Paul Deacon
Sam Tomkins 2
Sean O'Loughlin
Pat Richards
--- Tries (0):
Pat Richards 8/9
--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

11th Minute Wigan 04 Barrow 00 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Wigan 06 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
15th Minute Wigan 10 Barrow 00 Try: Andy Coley
- Wigan 12 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
18th Minute Wigan 16 Barrow 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 18 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
33rd Minute Wigan 22 Barrow 00 Try: Paul Deacon
- Wigan 24 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 24 Barrow Raiders 0
42nd Minute Wigan 28 Barrow 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 30 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
49th Minute Wigan 34 Barrow 00 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 36 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
52nd Minute Wigan Sin Bin Jeff Lima (Delaying Restart)
56th Minute Wigan 40 Barrow 00 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Wigan 42 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
65th Minute Wigan 46 Barrow 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 46 Barrow 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (7/8)
73rd Minute Wigan 50 Barrow 00 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wigan 52 Barrow 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/9)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 52 Barrow Raiders 0

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Thomas Leuluai 3rd: Liam Farrell 4th: Pat Richards 5th: Ryan Hoffman


Tim Roby (Leyland)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 2 Barrow 7

Match Milestone

Jack Hughes made his Wigan First Team Debut

Match Attendance

8,026 (886 Away Supporters)


Dark at kick off, Heavy Rain Shower approx 20-40 minutes then Sunny second half.

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