Match Report: Wigan 42 Crusaders 10
Posted by Bilko on September 08 2011 - 21:40
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Wigan Warriors v Crusaders - Engage Super League XVI Round 27.
Friday 9th September
2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

First of all I'd like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Mark Evans. He was a Wigan supporter who sadly suffered a heart attack in the South Stand just before this game was about to start. Rest in Peace!

For a large part of this game I think Wigan continued to show the tired lethargy that had dogged them in the visit to Warrington last week. Very sloppy stuff with ball in hand and little punch forward in the attack. However our goal line defence was much better, but then again we were facing one of the league's worst attacks.

Following Gareth Hock's deserved suspension, it was welcome news to see Chris Tuson returning having missed the last 7 matches. Eamon O'Carroll also came on to the bench with Andy Coley sitting this game out, not sure why?

Crusaders were playing their last Super League game after withdrawing their licence to compete back in July. This last game saw a 600 strong following from Wales with many having taken part in a "Save the Cru" charity walk for kids with cancer. They away fans sat in the corner of the East Stand though with the normal away end (the North Stand) housing a strong presence of Wigan fans in a deal that was done with local businesses including Heinz.

Pre match saw a great atmosphere as the club paraded a whole host of ex players with this game being this "heritage day"  The lethargy I talked about on the field really started from the off though. Ok, they took the lead in the fourth minute with a try that was well taken by Brett Finch, converted by Pat Richards, but for a long time this game was boring. News of Warrington racking up points away at Hull, to wrap up the league leaders shield, didn't really help.

In fairness though Crusaders were putting in a big effort and deserved their equalising try in the 21st minute. Lloyd White sent Peter Lupton over from close range with Clinton Schifcofske adding the extras.

The match really was dull and needed a spark from somewhere. Who else was going to provide it than Sam Tomkins? He took a quick tap penalty and broke through a poor tackle attempt from ex Wigan player Paul Johnson. Sam was eventually trapped going down the left but passing back towards the right, Tuson, Finch and Joel Tomkins all got a touch before Josh Charnley been another poor tackle attempt from Johnson to score under the posts. Pat converted for 12-6 after 31 minutes/

Another try came three minutes later with some super passing. Lovely pass out the back door from Finch to Sean O'Loughlin and he sent Ryan Hoffman racing through a gap to score. Pat's conversion made it 18-6 and that was how it stayed until half time.

You sensed a quick try second half would kill Crusaders enthusiasm and we did just that! A great try from Ginger Farrell this one. Taking the play the ball he put in a superb fend to flatten Lincoln Withers onto his arse before Paul Johnson was again tackling like a man with no arms. Farrell wasn't done, he then beat Schifcofske and White before crashing down on the line. He had a great game I felt Farrell, really lifted this side from it's flat start. Pat converted for 24-6.

The game was won in reality and the last 30 minutes saw Wigan go through the motions. They added three more tries though. First on 51 minutes, Crusaders were guilty of standing off some more great footwork from Sam Tomkins and he sent Charnley over for his second try in the right corner. Again though, pathetic tackling attempts, this time from Elliott Kear.

Four minutes later, Pat Richards took advantage of poor defence. Stuart Reardon was guilty this time. He went far too high on Carmont and he just offloaded to Pat who had too much strength for Schifcoske.

The final Wigan try came on 64 minutes. This was a neat try finished by Joel Tomkins after some great switch passing between Paul Prescott, Paul Deacon and Finch. Lovely stuff!

All three of those tries were converted by Pat to ensure he finished with a 100% conversion rate. The only other score came from Crusaders and it was a gift 60 metre interception from Jarrod Sammut who took advantage of a shocking pass from Finch. Amazingly despite scoring under the posts, Jason Chan missed the extra from bang in front. That left the final score a comfortable 42-10 to Wigan.

So a win is a win and this was perhaps always going to be a training session type match but for me, Wigan have a lot of improving to do before facing St Helens in the play offs next week.

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "Last week was probably our opportunity to finish top, credit to Warrington, they have been performing all the way through the season and they have finished first, we have finished second and that gives us a home tie and we are now looking forward to the next part of the season. I thought we were a bit dusty to start with and we know there are areas in the game that we are a hell of a lot better at, we are aware what we need to do to prepare for this week. Our game is pretty simple and our players know what they need to do and it's all about going out there and doing it. Our focus now turns to what we need to do next week and prepare as well as we can as we now face Saints who will be gunning for us. (Thomas Leuluai) had a bit of a (dead leg) but he will be Ok, the rest came through fine."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Crusaders 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Clinton Schifcofske 1
25 Josh Charnley Winger Stuart Reardon 5
12 Joel Tomkins Centre Tony Martin 3
4 George Carmont Centre Vince Mellars 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Elliott Kear 18
6 Paul Deacon Stand Off Lloyd White 19
17 Brett Finch Scrum Half Jarrod Sammut 7
15 Jeff Lima Prop Richard Moore 22
7 Thomas Leuluai Hooker Lincoln Withers 9
14 Paul Prescott Prop Mark Bryant 10
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Frank Winterstein 13
16 Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row Jason Chan 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Peter Lupton 23
9 Mike McIlorum Substitute Ben Flower 16
20 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Paul Johnson 21
22 Liam Farrell Substitute Lee Williams 24
23 Chris Tuson Substitute Andy Bracek 28
- Michael Maguire Coach Iestyn Harris -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 42 --- Crusaders 10
Tries (7):
Brett Finch
Josh Charnley 2
Ryan Hoffman
Liam Farrell
Pat Richards
Joel Tomkins
--- Tries (2):
Peter Lupton
Jarrod Sammut
Pat Richards 7/7
--- Goals:
Clinton Schifcofske 1/1
Jason Chan 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Wigan 04 Crusaders 00 Try: Brett Finch
- Wigan 06 Crusaders 00

Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)

21st Minute Wigan 06 Crusaders 04

Try: Peter Lupton

- Wigan 06 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Clinton Schifcofske (1/1)

31st Minute Wigan 10 Crusaders 06 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 12 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)

34th Minute Wigan 16 Crusaders 06 Try: Ryan Hoffman
- Wigan 18 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 18 Crusaders 06
42nd Minute Wigan 22 Crusaders 06 Try: Liam Farrell
- Wigan 24 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)

51st Minute Wigan 28 Crusaders 06 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wigan 30 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)

55th Minute Wigan 34 Crusaders 06 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 36 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)

64th Minute Wigan 40 Crusaders 06 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Wigan 42 Crusaders 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)

73rd Minute Wigan 42 Crusaders 10

Try: Jarrod Sammut

- Wigan 42 Crusaders 10

J.Chan Missed Conversion (0/1)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 42 Crusaders 10

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Sean O'Loughlin 3rd: Gareth Hock 4th: George Carmont 5th: Harrison Hansen


Robert Hicks

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 8 Crusaders 11

Match Attendance




League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 27

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 27 22 0 5 1072 401 +671 44
2 Wigan Warriors 27 20 3 4 852 432 +420 43
3 St Helens 27 17 3 7 782 515 +267 37
4 Huddersfield Giants 27 16 0 11 707 524 +183 32
5 Leeds Rhinos 27 15 1 11 757 603 +154 31
6 Catalan Dragons 27 15 1 11 689 626 +63 31
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 27 14 0 13 713 692 +21 28
8 Hull FC 27 13 1 13 718 569 +149 27
9 Castleford Tigers 27 12 2 13 664 808 -144 26
10 Bradford Bulls 27 9 2 16 570 826 -256 20
11 Salford City Reds 27 10 0 17 542 809 -267 20
12 Harlequins 27 6 1 20 524 951 -427 13
13 Wakefield Wildcats* 27 7 0 20 453 957 -504 10
14 Crusaders* 27 6 0 21 527 857 -330 8

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

Round 27 Results
Fri 9 Sept Hull FC 12 Warrington Wolves 34 10,845
Fri 9 Sept Wigan Warriors 42 Crusaders 10 19,104
Fri 9 Sept Wakefield Wildcats 26 Bradford Bulls 14 6,486
Sat 10 Sept Harlequins 16 St Helens 34 3,546
Sat 10 Sept Hull Kingston Rovers 26 Castleford Tigers 24 8,936
Sun 11 Sept Huddersfield Giants 24 Leeds Rhinos 31 10,428
Sun 11 Sept Salford City Reds 18 Catalan Dragons 44 10,146