Match Report: Warrington 32 Wigan 20
Posted by Bilko on March 09 2008 - 13:46
Well our bad run at the Halliwell Jones Stadium continues. 7 defeats out of 7 visits there now. We certainly deserved to lose this one but the referee never let the game flow and that spoiled it totally for me.

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Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XIII Rd 5.
Saturday 8th March 2008. Kick Off 6:00pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

Well it's rare that I stick it on the referee but for the second week in a row I've watched a game spoiled by a whistle happy referee.

Ganson, who blew penalties 28 times during the game, a new Super League record, was not to blame for that defeat - but I just felt like the game never got started. Maybe he was right to penalise all the decisions (I haven't seen a replay) but maybe the refs should cut the players some slack. Most of the referees have been whistle happy this year - mainly due to this new offside rule which in my opinion wasn't a necessary change to make. There was nothing wrong with the old rule.

My opinion is that the match officials have become worse since going professional. It's all gone far too technical. They are expected to be mind readers as well. In knock on situations that have to judge whether there was intent. Why? Just keep it simple - a knock on is a knock on - that way decisions are easy to make.

Like I said though Ganson wasn't the reason we lost. The red card was spot on - we were a bit unfortunate to be already down to twelve when it happened but good spirit to keep fighting on to the end.

Where Wigan lost it was in the first half. Both sides got equal amounts of chances from penalties - difference was Warrington punished most of them - Wigan didn't. We had plenty of territory but looked clueless in attack.

In the end because of the stop start nature of the game I don't think we learned anything about either side. Warrington didn't impress me that much but arguably they weren't allowed to with the stop start nature of the match. In the end it was just a game to forget about and move on from.

Story of the Match from Official Website

Wigan Warriors Halliwell Jones Stadium hoodoo continued on Saturday as they lost 32-20 to the Warrington Wolves. Wigan hve yet to win at this venue and it was the home side who secured the two Super League points once more.

The Wolves went 10-0 up and were leading 16-4 at the interval. The Warriors would have been looking for the first try of the second half. Unfortunately, Richard Mathers was sent off for catching Matt King in a high tackle and with McIlorum in the sin bin, Wigan were down to just eleven and the Wolves scored two further quick tries to put the game realistically beyond Brian Noble’s men.

It took Warrington just three minutes to break the deadlock, Michael Monaghan with a perfect pass into the hands of Vinnie Anderson close to the Wigan line, that after the Wolves had been awarded two quick penalties and the home side had the confidence to look for a try rather than the easier two point penalty option. Anderson’s try was converted by Briers, 6-0.

Wigan looked for a response on 10 minutes, a Barrett high kick to the corner found Liam Colbon on the final tackle close to the line but he was held by King and Johnson.

On 16 minutes a tackle by Barrett on Clarke was put on report by referee Steve Ganson.

The Wolves were in for their second try on 18 minutes, Louis Anderson doing well to off load in the tackle, Monaghan found King and the big centre had the power to touch down. This time Briers missed the extras, 10-0.

Louis Anderson was then sent to the sin bin for ten minutes for holding in the tackle, the Wolves down to twelve men. Wigan were in a good position to press but a poor pass from Leuluai was mishandled by Barrett and an opportunity was lost.

The Warriors finally broke through on 29 minutes, Barrett with a defence splitting pass out to the right and Liam Colbon found some space to dive in at the corner. Richards goal attempt was just wide, 10-4.

The Wolves were denied a try on 34 minutes in the corner through Hicks, great defensive work by Mathers, Leuluai and Hock bundling the winger out of play just before he grounded the ball.

It wasn't too long before the Wolves had scored though, Rob Parker powering over from close range, Briers had a simple conversion in front of the posts, 16-4 as the half drew to a close with just three minutes left.

Six minutes into the second half and it was the turn of Wigan’s Michael McIlorum to spend ten minutes in the sin bin for not allowing the home side to play the ball.

Wigan were then reduced to 11 men on 50 minutes and this time it was a red card to the full back Richard Mathers for a high tackle on King as he caught the centre, Steve Ganson straight to his top pocket and King required treatment and was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

The Wolves took advantage of the player numbers and spread the ball out to the right and Martin Gleeson was able to score Warrington’s fourth try of the night, Briers missed the goal, 20-6.

Almost straight after and the home side were in again, this time Paul Johnson with the try, Wigan still with only eleven on the field, Briers added the extras, 26-4.

Andy Coley grabbed a try for Wigan under the posts which Richards converted, 26-10 on 62 minutes.

Chris Hicks scored the home sides sixth try on 67 minutes which Briers converted from out , 32-10.

Credit to those in cherry and white, Wigan kept battling and Darrell Goulding crossed for a try on 73 minutes in the corner which Richards missed a difficult conversion, 32-14. Then Harrison Hansen touched down with just a couple of minutes left for Wigan's fourth try, Richards added the goal and it finished 32-20.

So the Warriors have won three of their opening five games but have still yet to win at the HJ Stadium.

Game Breaking Moment

The sending off of Richard Mathers reduced us to 11 men for 6 minutes which allowed Warrington to wrap up the win.

Top Player

Gareth Hock - Solid Performance

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It probably took the game away from us (the red card decision) but I'm not complaining. Richard (Mathers) has been in to see Matt King and apologised. He's a very clean player who has never been sent off before. We suffered from a poor start. We gave ourselves too much to do. But we didn't give in when we down to 12 men and 11 at one stage. You could see the effort and that is pleasing. We stuck in there and finished on a high."

Warrington Coach Paul Cullen: "(Matt King is) not too well. He didn't get missed, did he? Steve Ganson had a perfect view and it was the right decision. It was a really tough win and we're delighted with it. We held our composure and our discipline sufficiently to control the game when we needed to."

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan -
1 Stuart Reardon Full Back Richard Mathers 1
2 Chris Hicks Winger Liam Colbon 14
3 Martin Gleeson Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Matt King Centre George Carmont 4
17 Paul Johnson Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Lee Briers Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Michael Monaghan Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Adrian Morley Prop Andy Coley 15
9 Jon Clarke Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Paul Rauhihi Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
11 Louis Anderson 2nd Row Gareth Hock 11
12 Ben Westwood 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
13 Vinnie Anderson L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
14 Mark Gleeson Substitute Stuart Fielden 8
15 Rob Parker Substitute Harrison Hansen 16
18 Steve Pickersgill Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
21 Andy Bracek Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 32 --- Wigan Warriors 20
Tries (6):
Vinnie Anderson
Matt King
Rob Parker
Martin Gleeson
Paul Johnson
Chris Hicks
--- Tries (4):
Liam Colbon
Andy Coley
Darrell Goulding
Harrison Hansen
Lee Briers 4/6
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Warrington 04 Wigan 00 Try: Vinnie Anderson
- Warrington 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Lee Briers (1/1)
17th Minute Warrington 10 Wigan 00 Try: Matt King
- Warrington 10 Wigan 00 L.Briers Missed Conversion (1/2)
20th Minute Wigan On Report Trent Barrett (Dangerous Tackle)
22nd Minute Warrington Sin Bin Louis Anderson (Holding Down)
29th Minute Warrington 10 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Colbon
- Warrington 10 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
35th Minute Warrington 14 Wigan 04 Try: Rob Parker
- Warrington 16 Wigan 04 Conversion: Lee Briers (2/3)
Half Time Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 04
47th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Mike McIlorum (Holding Down)
49th Minute Wigan Red Card Richard Mathers (High Tackle)
53rd Minute Warrington 20 Wiga n 04 Try: Martin Gleeson
- Warrington 20 Wiga n 04 L.Briers Missed Conversion (2/4)
56th Minute Warrington 24 Wiga n 04 Try: Paul Johnson
- Warrington 26 Wiga n 04 Conversion: Lee Briers (3/5)
61st Minute Warrington 26 Wigan 08 Try: Andy Coley
- Warrington 26 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
68th Minute Warrington 30 Wigan 10 Try: Chris Hicks
- Warrington 32 Wigan 10 Conversion: Lee Briers (4/6)
72nd Minute Warrington 32 Wigan 14 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Warrington 32 Wigan 14 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
78th Minute Warrington 32 Wigan 18 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Warrington 32 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
Full Time Warrington Wolves 32 Wigan Warriors 20


Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Penalties Conceded

Warrington 13 Wigan 15

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Warrington 0 Wigan 1

Match Attendance

13,024 (Capacity)


Match Weather

Some rain - mainly dry. Heavy pitch.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 5

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 5 4 0 1 148 74 +74 8
2 Harlequins 5 4 0 1 132 87 +45 8
3 Warrington Wolves 5 4 0 1 153 116 +37 8
4 St Helens 5 4 0 1 138 121 +17 8
5 Wigan Warriors 5 3 0 2 145 114 +31 6
6 Bradford Bulls 5 2 0 3 112 106 +6 4
7 Huddersfield Giants 5 2 0 3 114 112 +2 4
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 5 2 0 3 108 113 -5 4
9 Wakefield Wildcats 5 2 0 3 104 156 -52 4
10 Catalans Dragons 5 1 0 4 83 130 -47 2
11 Hull FC 5 1 0 4 87 136 -49 2
12 Castleford Tigers 5 1 0 4 96 155 -59 2

Round 5 Results
Fri 7 Mar Castleford Tigers 38 Leeds Rhinos 20 9,459
Fri 7 Mar St Helens 30 Hull FC 29 10,204
Sat 8 Mar Harlequins 24 Huddersfield Giants 0 3,284
Sat 8 Mar Warrington Wolves 32 Wigan Warriors 20 13,024
Sat 8 Mar Catalan Dragons 18 Bradford Bulls 20 7,485
Sun 9 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 22 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 8,822