Match Report: Wigan 54 Harlequins 6
Posted by Bilko on May 13 2011 - 21:17
Well after leading 42-0 after just 27 minutes the Wigan faithful were left disappointed with the final result.

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Wigan Warriors v Harlequins - Engage Super League XVI Round 14.
Friday 13th May 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well after building up a 42-0 lead in just 27 minutes, it was an air of disappointment at full time at the DW tonight because Wigan just didn't kick on and rack up a huge score.

In fairness, Harlequins did improve after a diabolical first half hour but Wigan just switched off. At the end of the day, I don't suppose it matters, two points is two points, but it was particularly disappointing tonight considering we had an hefty lead so early.

You just cannot fault the first thirty minutes though. Wigan completely ripped the Quins apart with 7 tries in those first 27 minutes. First try was on just three minutes before Quins had even touched the football. First last tackle of the match and Pat Richards put a huge bomb up in the air. Full Back Jamie O'Callaghan flapped at it and moments later Pat was sent over in the left corner by George Carmont. He then converted off the touchline to make it 6-0.

Second try was on 8 minutes. Short range effort, Tommy Leuluai providing the pass to send Ryan Hoffman through a huge hole. Then on 11 minutes George Carmont raced under the posts after being thrown a gift interception on half way then three minutes later the fourth try went in. Mike McIlorum broke from 60 metres out to send the supporting Sam Tomkins under the sticks for the 50th try of his young Wigan career. He has achieved that in just 76 appearances, maybe I'll have a look how that compares with other Wigan players of the past on the site during next week. Anyway, add in easy conversions for Pat to all those tries and the score was 24-0 after 13 minutes.

One person who can compare to Sam is Leuluai himself because he too claimed the 50th try of his Wigan career when he went over for the second of two quick tries in a row. However, it's taken Tommy 146 games to reach that mark, almost twice as long as Sam. Tommy's first try was his trademark effort. Ten metres out he spun out of tackles and reached over near the posts. Then that 50th try saw him go on a diagonal run from ten metres out.

Carmont could have claimed his 50th Wigan try as well tonight but although he had scored his 49th earlier in the game, he would come off the field (not sure why) after 30 minutes, with Ryan Hoffman switching to play at left centre for the rest of the game. Before Hoffman moved position however he set the next try with a break up the middle from sixty metres out and this time it was Sean O'Loughlin in support to go under the sticks. More easy kicks for Pat had stretched the lead to 42-0 after 27 minutes.

42-0 was on pace with the 106-8 victory over Whitehaven in 2008 and you couldn't help feeling that a huge score was on the cards but it just didn't happen. Although the slow down was happening before the break, the interchange of Mike McIlorum at half time played it's part. He was superb during the first 40 but at half time he was replaced by Paul Deacon and we just didn't have the same go forward from dummy half with Leuluai at hooker. By the time McIlorum returned, Quins had grown in confidence.

Early in the second half came a bizarre moment when an own half last tackle kick from Wigan hit referee James Child. The rule is that he has to put a scrum down and give possession to the attack (i.e Wigan). After a bit of confusion (in fact it looked like Wigan had to tell him the rules) he reluctantly gave the scrum to Wigan. Worth targeting the ref really in that situation but he soon gave Quins a suspicious knock on.........hmmm!

Wigan claimed the first score after half time on 53 minutes. It should have been Paul Deacon's but it was Sam Tomkins who eventually touched it down. Deacon had put a little grubber through from close range but was clearly held back from touching it down. Didn't matter because Sam scored anyway. Pat converted easily again to make it 48-0.

Wigan could have had more scores in the final 25 minutes but I have to say........Sam.........greedy, greedy, greedy. At least twice he could have sent players in for a couple of possible scores but he kept hold. Hard to fault the lad really but that's still proves he has little things to learn.

The game just drifted out and Wigan were very disappointed to concede the nil with just three minutes to go. It had been coming I think, James Child gave Quins every decision going to try and get them over the line. It told when ex Warrior Mark Calderwood went over in the right corner. Nice conversion by Luke Gale making it 48-6.

Wigan though did claim the last try of the game in the 79th minute after Quins had knocked on the restart. Nice move from the scrum, Brett Finch combined with Sam on the run around for the latter to send Richards over easily in the corner. Pat then nailed his ninth conversion from nine off the touchline to complete a personal haul of 26 points for him.

Pat is on fire with the boot isn't he? He has kicked 39 goals from 45 attempts since his return. Before his injury our conversion rate was just 66.6% but since then we have an 86.9% conversion rate. I've a feeling goal kicking could be the key to winning the title this year, so that is good to see!

So at the end of the day, job done I suppose. The lads now have a 9 day break before the cup tie at Bradford. On this evidence, I think it's fair to say that the only way we will lose is if our standards fall dramatically because at the moment we are looking pretty good and I still think we are leaving plenty in the tank!

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "It was (a perfect first half performance). The boys got through their sets, got down the other end and applied a lot of pressure. In the first half we completed 93 per cent, which gave us good field position and allowed us to score some entertaining tries. In the second half we dropped off a bit so we've got some things to work on to make sure we're perfect when we get to Bradford next week."

Harlequins Coach Rob Powell: "The players weren't ready to play and I take full responsibility for that, I'm not going to blame the players. There was nothing massively different but there must have been something wrong in our preparation because we didn't get out of the blocks and couldn't get back into it. But we didn't concede a try for nearly half an hour - between the 27th and the 53rd minute - and we matched them for most of the second half, so that gives us something to build on."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Harlequins 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Jamie O'Callaghan 2
25 Josh Charnley Winger Chris Melling 5
12 Joel Tomkins Centre Karl Pryce 31
4 George Carmont Centre Tony Clubb 3
5 Pat Richards Winger Mark Calderwood 23
17 Brett Finch Stand Off Luke Gale 6
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Chad Randall 7
10 Andy Coley Prop Danny Ward 17
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Andy Ellis 9
21 Lee Mossop Prop Luke Ambler 15
16 Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row Nick Koupartisas 11
22 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Chris Bailey 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Oliver Wilkes 10
6 Paul Deacon Substitute Karl Temata 8
15 Jeff Lima Substitute Mike Burnett 16
23 Chris Tuson Substitute Olsi Krasniqi 21
33 Jack Hughes Substitute Lee Mitchell 33
- Michael Maguire Coach Rob Powell -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 54 --- Harlequins 6
Tries (9):
Pat Richards 2
Ryan Hoffman
George Carmont
Sam Tomkins 2
Thomas Leuluai 2
Sean O'Loughlin
--- Tries (1):
Mark Calderwood
Pat Richards 9/9
--- Goals:
Luke Gale 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Harlequins 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 06 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
8th Minute Wigan 10 Harlequins 00 Try: Ryan Hoffman
- Wigan 12 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
11th Minute Wigan 16 Harlequins 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 18 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
13th Minute Wigan 22 Harlequins 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 24 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
20th Minute Wigan 28 Harlequins 00 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Wigan 30 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
24th Minute Wigan 34 Harlequins 00 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Wigan 36 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
27th Minute Wigan 40 Harlequins 00 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 42 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 42 Harlequins 0
53rd Minute Wigan 46 Harlequins 00 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wigan 48 Harlequins 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)
77th Minute Wigan 48 Harlequins 04 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Wigan 48 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Luke Gale (1/1)
79th Minute Wigan 52 Harlequins 06 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 54 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (9/9)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 54 Harlequins 6

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Mike McIlorum
2nd: Lee Mossop 3rd: Thomas Leuluai 4th: Pat Richards 5th: Sam Tomkins


James Child

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 6 Harlequins 2

Match Attendance

12,813 (Away Stand Closed)

Match Milestones

Sam Tomkins' first try was the 50th of his Wigan career in his 76th match.
Thomas Leuluai's second try was the 50th of his Wigan career in his 146th match.


Dry but Cold.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 14

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 14 10 0 4 519 205 +314 20
2 Huddersfield Giants 14 10 0 4 383 219 +164 20
3 Wigan Warriors 13 9 2 2 366 215 +151 20
4 St Helens 14 8 2 4 394 290 +104 18
5 Leeds Rhinos 14 8 1 5 402 318 +84 17
6 Castleford Tigers 13 7 1 5 337 328 +9 15
7 Catalan Dragons 14 7 1 6 292 305 -13 15
8 Hull FC 14 5 1 8 328 308 +20 13
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 14 5 0 9 357 392 -35 10
10 Salford City Reds 14 5 0 9 308 454 -146 10
11 Harlequins 14 4 1 9 296 468 -172 9
12 Bradford Bulls 14 4 1 9 284 466 -182 9
13 Wakefield Wildcats* 14 5 0 9 246 397 -151 6
14 Crusaders* 14 4 0 10 291 438 -147 4

*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.

Round 14 Results
Fri 13 May Crusaders 23 Wakefield Wildcats 10 3,241
Fri 13 May Leeds Rhinos 30 Catalan Dragons 6 13,273
Fri 13 May Salford City Reds 16 Hull FC 32 3,983
Fri 13 May Warrington Wolves 62 Castleford Tigers 0 10,715
Fri 13 May Wigan Warriors 54 Harlequins 6 12,813
Sat 14 May Huddersfield Giants 40 St Helens 18 7,843
Sun 15 May Hull Kingston Rovers 46 Bradford Bulls 18 7,923