An Anthony Gelling try in the final minute secured a 20-10 win over
Widnes after a hard-fought game. The Warriors took the lead in the
second minute when Josh Charnley crossed the whitewash. Widnes hit
back through tries from Tom Gilmore and Chris Dean to lead 10-4. A
Joe Burgess try on the stroke of half-time pulled the Warriors
Wigan rolled their sleeves up in the second-half and dug deep to
keep the Vikings out. Ryan Hampshire broke the deadlock in the 70th
minute to put Wigan in front before Gelling’s last minute try
secured what could prove to be a very crucial two points.
Warriors Coach Shaun Wane made three changes to his starting
line-up from last week’s dramatic victory over Leeds with Ryan
Hampshire, Anthony Gelling and Taulima Tautai replacing Matty
Bowen, Dan Sarginson and Ben Flower.
For the visitors, Vikings Coach Denis Betts makes just the one
alteration from last week’s win over Catalans Dragons, with former
Castleford man Willie Isa coming in for Stefan Marsh.
The Cherry and Whites got off to a fantastic start in the second
minute, with England flyer Josh Charnley scoring after a great kick
one-two with Ryan Hampshire, the move started with Charnley grubber
kicking behind the Vikings line and Hampshire kicked it on and
brilliantly regathered to offload to Charnley who tapped down the
try. Matty Smith was unsuccessful with the difficult touchline
conversion so it stayed 4-0.
Widnes came close to hitting back just three minutes later as the
Vikings created space on the left wing but Patrick Ah Van could not
take the high pass to score. The visitors did equalise soon after
as Tom Gilmour breached the Wigan line and slid in for the four
pointer, Gilmour added the extras to take the Vikings into the lead
After a scrappy few minutes, Wigan got the DW crowd off their feet
with just under a quarter of the game gone by brilliantly keeping
the ball alive on the last tackle deep in Widnes territory, but the
Vikings desperately scrambled back to prevent a Warriors try.
The match was starting to turn into an arm wrestle with both sides
trying to gain the upper hand, but it was the Cherry and Whites who
threatened again just metres from the visitors in goal area in the
24th minute, however the Vikings were again able to survive and
keep their two point advantage.
The away side were next on the scoresheet with previous try score
Gilmour the provider this time, as his short pass was taken by
Chris Dean who barged his way over the line, Gilmour could not
convert so it stayed 4-10 with just six left until the break.
This seemed to rattle the Warriors who roared back just seconds
before the interval, Joe Burgess kicked Anthony Gelling’s grubber
kick past the Widnes full-back and picked up to stroll under the
posts for a brilliant try. Matty Smith kicked the additional two as
the half-time hooter sounded to make it 10-10.
With Leeds in the lead at the break against Salford, The Cherry and
Whites kicked-off the second period looking to get the win and keep
their hopes of a top three finish in the First Utility Super League
table alive ahead of the Super 8s.
Their task got even tougher as the Vikings gained great field
position with a 40/20 in the 46th minute, thankfully the Warriors
muscled up in defence and forced Patrick Ah Van into touch to
prevent a Widnes try.
The home side looked to have got the first try of the half just
under the hour mark, as Joe Burgess leapt brilliantly to catch
Smith’s high bomb on the last tackle, but referee Phil Bentham
ruled he had been held up so it was the turnover and Widnes
End to end Rugby was becoming the theme of the match, with the
Vikings up the other end minutes later after a Warriors’ error
metres from their own line, once again it was great tackling to
force Ah Van into touch as a try looked certain to keep the match
Tempers frayed with 17 left as the tension inside the DW mounted,
this seemed to increase six minutes later as Matty Smith’s drop
goal attempt unluckily sailed wide to leave the sides still
The DW breathed a huge sigh of relief as the match entered the last
ten as Anthony Gelling broke through the Widnes line and offloaded
to Charnley who in turn sent Ryan Hampshire in for the try, a great
team score to give the Warriors the lead. Smith could not add the
extras with the difficult touch line conversion so it stayed at
Hampshire was on hand to save Wigan with just under five on the
clock as he took the grubber kick with aplomb despite three Vikings
bearing down on him, this aligned with a fantastic set by the
Warriors forwards and Smith kick meant Widnes started their set
just metres from their own try line.
Anthony Gelling settled any doubts about the game with a try in the
last minute as Wigan produced great defence to force a Vikings
error and spread the ball out wide for the Cook Island
International to power his way over for the four pointer. Smith
excellently kicked the extras to make it a final score of 20-10 for