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|Thursday 2nd July 2015|
|Warrington Wolves 17 Wigan Warriors 6|
|Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington|
|First Utility Super League 20 - Round 20 of 23|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|1||Matty Bowen||G||1||Matty Russell|
|22||Dom Manfredi||T||22||Gene Ormsby|
|3||Anthony Gelling||6||Stefan Ratchford|
|4||Dan Sarginson||4||Ryan Atkins||T|
|5||Joe Burgess||24||Kevin Penny|
|6||George Williams||20||Gareth O'Brien||T||G2||DG|
|7||Matty Smith||7||Richie Myler||T|
|8||Dom Crosby||8||Chris Hill|
|9||Michael McIlorum||9||Daryl Clark|
|11||Joel Tomkins||12||Ben Westwood|
|12||Liam Farrell||26||Joe Philbin|
|28||Ryan Sutton||13||Ben Harrison|
|16||Sam Powell||15||Roy Asotasi|
|23||Lee Mossop||25||Brad Dwyer|
|24||Taulima Tautai||27||George King|
|25||Larne Patrick||31||Sam Wilde|
This performance from Wigan was a total shambles.
No direction in the forwards which means the halves don't stand a chance and it was all too easy for Warrington. Fair play they were solid in the forwards themselves and very efficient in their work, but they beat a poor Wigan.
Wigan's problems stemmed from absolutely no ground being made by the forwards. This didn't give the halves half a chance to do anything and it just all fell down easily didn't it. When the chips are down you can only start to fight back by being direct and gaining field position. Putting some speed into the effort is required as well but I thought it was all too lacklustre.
It's not just that though. The passing had zero zip. I said during radio commentary that it was going through hands like a game of pass the parcel with no ideas to move forward with it. Nothing more summed that up when George Williams took a tap 20, turned round and no one was looking to take the pass. That's embarrassing!
The one exception for me was Micky McIlorum but sadly he was spelled in the middle of the game, always creating a lull in intensity when this occurs, and during his absent Warrington scored eleven of their seventeen points.
When he returned, he made the half break for the Manfredi try and for a few minutes after that we had them sweating with the crowd quiet. Had we got the next try for 17-12, I think we'd have rolled on to win a match that we never deserved and it was all coming from Micky's direction.
What hurts me most about this loss though is that it was exactly the same against Salford two weeks earlier. Yes we won that night but I was thinking after it that it would be a bit of a wake up call and that we spend the 13 days between games wisely to work hard in training and find some zip in the play.
But to come out and produce exactly the same poor display is really hard to take. It's like those 13 days were spent doing nothing. I'm sure they weren't, but you can't help being left with that feeling when you see that. It's now just 3 wins from the last 14 games away from the DW. It's continues to be an amazing contrast to 22 out of 23 wins at home in Super League but these piss poor away days just continue to frustrate fans, especially when it comes to this London idea. Really need to do better I'm afraid.
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 11 Results
|Tue 30 June||Hull Kingston Rovers 34 Salford Red Devils 28||6,717|
|Wed 1 July||Wakefield Wildcats 26 Hull FC 16||3,543|
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 20 Results
|Thu 2 July||Warrington Wolves 17 Wigan Warriors 6||10,504|
|Fri 3 July||Leeds Rhinos 46 St Helens 18||18,514|
|Sun 5 July||Huddersfield Giants 32 Hull Kingston Rovers 14||5,596|
|Sun 5 July||Hull FC 31 Wakefield Wildcats 24||9,558|
|Sun 5 July||Salford Red Devils 18 Catalan Dragons 14||5,078|
|Sun 5 July||Castleford Tigers 34 Widnes Vikings 20||7,002|
First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs
|9||Hull Kingston Rovers||20||9||0||11||492||541||-49||18|
|11||Salford Red Devils||20||7||1||12||390||508||-118||15|