9th October 2020: Warrington 14 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on October 10 2020 - 13:46

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Friday 9th October 2020
Warrington Wolves 14 Wigan Warriors 18
Headingley, Leeds
(Switched from Halliwell  Jones Stadium, Warrington due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 22 - Round 15 of 22

Kick Off 7:45pm

 

- Wigan       - Warrington    
6 Bevan French       1 Stefan Ratchford    G3 
21 Dom Manfredi       17 Jake Mamo    
11 Willie Isa       4 Toby King    
1 Zak Hardaker  T   G3    3 Anthony Gelling    
23 Jake Bibby       5 Josh Charnley    
7 Thomas Leuluai       6 Blake Austin    
31 Jackson Hastings       7

Gareth Widdop

   
19

Joe Bullock

      8

Chris Hill

 T   
9 Sam Powell       9 Daryl Clark    
17

Oliver Partington

      10

Mike Cooper

   
15 Joe Greenwood  T      11 Ben Currie    
12 Liam Farrell  T      12 Jack Hughes    
13

Sean O'Loughlin

      14

Jason Clark

   
Interchange:
16 Morgan Smithies       15 Joe Philbin    
28 Harry Smith       19 Matty Davis    
33 Joe Shorrocks       26 Matty Ashton  PT   
38 Brad Singleton       27 Ellis Robson*    
*Warrington 27. Ellis Robson was an unused substitute.
               
Report: 

A gutsy victory for Wigan who had to overcome an early head assessment for Joe Greenwood, a fifth minute sin bin for Willie Isa, absence of Joe Burgess and Oliver Gildart due to covid restrictions and also finding themselves 12-0 down after 20 minutes.

The combination of losing Greenwood and Isa made it a very back foot start which was also compounded by an early poor error by Jake Bibby. Warrington peppered not only where Isa was absent but also Morgan Smithies, returning for six matches suspension, who had come on for Greenwood very early. He was missing tackles early for fun and this enabled a break that resulted in a penalty try for Matty Ashton who was cleared stopped from scoring off the ball by Dom Manfredi. He was perhaps fortunate to escape sin bin himself but the penalty decision made it an easy conversion for Stefan Ratchford for 6-0. A barge over by Chris Hill made it 12-0 on 20 minutes.

Wigan were definetly on the back foot and in real danger at this point but a big clean hit by Oliver Partington on Blake Austin, that created an error and a break, eventually resulted in a try for Joe Greenwood that Hardaker converted for 12-6.

Timely on the back of that try both Joe Shorrocks and new debutant Brad Singleton came off the bench whilst Warrington began to sub off the likes of Chris Hill. It created a more even arm wrestle that carried the score to half time. Wigan then levelled within four minutes of the restart with Zak Hardaker scoring and converting.

Warrington did retake the lead with a penalty from Ratchford for 14-12 on 50 minutes but it felt like they had begun to run out of ideas against a strong Wigan defence. They probably should have been at least ten points up rather than two.

The longer the match went on though, Wigan got stronger and the introduction of Harry Smith, replacing Sam Powell, on the hour provided a cohesive last tackle option that had been severly lacking for most of the game.

Some waste though was proving frustrating. Joe Bullock found a worm with a poor pass whilst a rare bad pass by Liam Farrell stopped Jake Bibby from getting a chance to score.

Farrell redempted the gingers though by finding the winning try with four minutes to go after the likes of Dom Manfredi had dented the Wire defensive line with a move down the right. Hardaker converted for 18-14 and Wigan even won the inevitable short kick off from Warrington.

Time was seen out for an important and well earned victory.

Scoring: 
04:03 Wigan Sin Bin

Willie Isa (Tackle off Ball)

11:45 Warrington 04 Wigan 00

Penalty Try: Matty Ashton

Warrington 06 Wigan 00

Conversion: Stefan Ratchford (1/1)

19:57 Warrington 10 Wigan 00

Try: Chris Hill

Warrington 12 Wigan 00

Conversion: Stefan Ratchford (2/2)

22:58 Warrington 12 Wigan 04

Try: Joe Greenwood

Warrington 12 Wigan 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)

Half` Time Warrington Wolves 12 Wigan Warriors 6
43:35 Warrington 12 Wigan 10

Try: Zak Hardaker

Warrington 12 Wigan 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)

49:24 Warrington 14 Wigan 12

Penalty Goal: Stefan Ratchford (3/3)

75:05 Warrington 14 Wigan 16

Try: Liam Farrell

Warrington 14 Wigan 18

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/3)

Full Time Warrington Wolves 14 Wigan Warriors 18
Referee: 

Chris Kendall

Attendance: 

0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)

Note: 

This match was originally meant to be Round 29 of 29 in original fixture list and played on Friday 11th September 2020.

Betfred Super League 25 - Re-Arranged Fixture
Sun 4 Oct Catalan Dragons 40 Wakefield Trinity 8 5000

Betfred Super League 25 - Round 15 Results
Thu 8 Oct Huddersfield 16 Salford 24 (at Leeds) 0
Thu 8 Oct Hull FC 22 Leeds 40 (at Leeds) 0
Fri 9 Oct Wakefield 16 St Helens 20 (at Leeds) 0
Fri 9 Oct Catalan Dragons 34 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 5000
Fri 9 Oct Warrington 14 Wigan 18 (at Leeds) 0

2020 Betfred Super League 25 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Pts %
1 St Helens 13 10 0 3 365 151 +214 20 76.92
2 Wigan Warriors 14 10 0 4 313 254 +59 20 71.43
3 Catalan Dragons 12 8 0 4 352 217 +135 16 66.67
4 Leeds Rhinos 12 8 0 4 301 246 +55 16 66.67
5 Warrington Wolves 14 9 0 5 290 186 +104 18 64.29
6 Huddersfield Giants 14 7 0 7 270 293 -23 14 50.00
7 Hull FC 14 6 0 8 308 398 -90 12 42.86
8 Salford Red Devils 12 5 0 7 238 309 -71 10 41.67
9 Castleford Tigers 13 5 0 8 260 279 -19 10 38.46
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 2 0 11 208 387 -179 4 15.38
11 Wakefield Trinity 13 2 0 11 184 369 -185 4 15.38

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs / No Relegation
It was decided on September 9th to calculate table using points percentage.