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|Friday 21st August 2015|
|Warrington Wolves 0 Wigan Warriors 28|
|Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington|
|First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 3 of 7|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|1||Matty Bowen||6||Stefan Ratchford|
|22||Dom Manfredi||24||Kevin Penny|
|14||John Bateman||T2||23||Gary Wheeler|
|34||Oliver Gildart||T||4||Ryan Atkins|
|2||Josh Charnley||5||Joel Monaghan|
|6||George Williams||33||Chris Sandow|
|7||Matty Smith||G4||7||Richie Myler|
|8||Dom Crosby||8||Chris Hill|
|16||Sam Powell||9||Daryl Clark|
|11||Joel Tomkins||12||Ben Westwood|
|12||Liam Farrell||T||17||Ben Currie|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||13||Ben Harrison|
|17||Tony Clubb||T||15||Roy Asotasi|
|20||Ryan Hampshire||25||Brad Dwyer|
|23||Lee Mossop||26||Joe Philbin|
|28||Ryan Sutton||27||George King|
Wigan may have been arriving at the Halliwell Jones with a record
of winning just three out of twelve at away venues all season but
the way this panned out was not a surprise to me.
The infamous Chris Sandow video was car crash marketing. Nice idea and it would have worked but for the fact Warrington's season was already needing several snookers to survive even before this game.
The mood of the Warrington fans said it all. Normally they are cock-a-hoop with Wigan visiting and sensing blood due to Wigan's record of losing 10 of the 12 league meetings at the ground. This time though the home atmosphere, of which I was sat amongst commentating for Wish FM, was akin to a wake.
Warrington did have plenty of effort but I always felt that Wigan had a big opportunity to pin them down and then cash in some revenge for all those miserable trips we've endured there. To become the first side to nil them there makes up slightly for some of those arduous visits.
The early try settled Wigan down. Mistake by Stefan Ratchford in the in goal gifted one to Liam Farrell and with Matty Bowen on goal kicking it was 6-0 in four minutes. Interesting to hear after that Matty Smith took himself off goal kicking last week rather than, as assumed, being given the flick by coach Shaun Wane.
Helped quite often by poor penalties conceded by Wigan, Warrington did have chance to hit back but the attack was more flatulent than a horse with diarrhoea. Totally clueless.
A second try put Wigan in full command and this was a cracker. Lovely reverse pass by Matty Smith hitting a great diagonal run by Tony Clubb, not long since on the field, and Bowen converted for 12-0 after 18 minutes.
You could tell that one more try would see Warrington collapse but the only surprise to me was that it took 30 minutes game time to come. Again Warrington had territory to hit back during that time but never looked like doing so.
Wigan always looked to be gaining metres easily and they finally broke Warrington's backs in the 48th minute. Passing when right and despite a sloppy pass from Joel Tomkins, John Bateman picked up to go over.
Bowen was kicking some good conversions, this one for 18-0, but on 55 minutes he missed a penalty for 20-0. Wrong option for me because I felt Warrington were finished and we should have gone for the jugular but it didn't matter because Wigan found a try a minute later.
A lovely cross field kick from Bowen was batted back superbly by Manfredi to give Bateman his second score. Again Mango Bowen converted well for 24-0.
Three minutes after that Wigan scored again with a superb break up the gut by Sean O'Loughlin, rolling back the years, and the effort to get up in support was excellent. "Give it to Oli" I shouted on the radio but Lockers found George Williams first before he found Oliver Gildart for a try that capped an efficient debut. Bowen missed this kick but at 28-0 you could only see more scoring in the final quarter.
Strangely no further scoring occurred, perhaps because Wigan's focus turned to the nil. They wanted it and they got it despite Warrington not giving up on finding at least one score.
So 28-0 is how it finished and Wigan did not let that Sandow video lie with Anthony Gelling producing his own unique response. Warrington are left to stew on their season being over in August, Wigan now have big eyes on reaching Old Trafford. Can we hit the form at the right time of the season again to get there for a third season in a row?
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 3 Results
|Thu 20 Aug||St Helens 22 Huddersfield Giants 28||10,926|
|Fri 21 Aug||Hull FC 22 Leeds Rhinos 36||7,900|
|Fri 21 Aug||Warrington Wolves 0 Wigan Warriors 28||10,095|
|Sat 22 Aug||Catalan Dragons 44 Castleford Tigers 26||7,473|
First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
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