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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 25 - Round 15 of 20
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
T 9 Sam Powell 9 Daryl Clark 17
15 Joe Greenwood T 11 Ben Currie 12 Liam Farrell T 12 Jack Hughes 13
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.
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.
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:
0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)
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
|8||Salford Red Devils||12||5||0||7||238||309||-71||10||41.67|
|10||Hull Kingston Rovers||13||2||0||11||208||387||-179||4||15.38|
Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs /