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Match Report: Wigan 20 Widnes 10
Posted by Bilko on August 10 2015 - 23:08

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Friday 17th July 2015
Wigan Warriors 20 Widnes Vikings 10
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 22 of 23
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Widnes    
20 Ryan Hampshire  T      1 Rhys Hanbury    
2 Josh Charnley  T      5 Patrick Ah Van    
14 John Bateman       16 Willie Isa    
3 Anthony Gelling  T      14 Chris Dean  T   
5 Joe Burgess  T      2 Paddy Flynn    
6 George Williams       7 Joe Mellor    
7 Matty Smith    G2    26 Tom Gilmore  T   G 
8 Dom Crosby       35 Gil Dudson    
9 Michael McIlorum       33 Aaron Heremaia    

Taulima Tautai


Eamon O'Carroll

11 Joel Tomkins       17 Chris Clarkson    
12 Liam Farrell       11 Danny Galea    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Hep Cahill    
10 Ben Flower       10 Manase Mauokafoa    
17 Tony Clubb       21 Danny Craven    
23 Lee Mossop       24 Magraff Leuluai    
25 Larne Patrick       25 Alex Gerrard    


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 level.

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 at 4-6.

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 escaped.

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 level.

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 deadlocked.

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 14-10.

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 Wigan.

2nd Minute Wigan 04 Widnes 00 Try: Josh Charley
Wigan 04 Widnes 00 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
7th Minute Wigan 04 Widnes 04 Try: Tom Gilmore
Wigan 04 Widnes 06 Conversion: Tom Gilmore (1/1)
34th Minute Wigan 04 Widnes 10 Try: Chris Dean
Wigan 04 Widnes 10 Missed Conv: Tom Gilmore (1/2)
37th Minute Wigan 08 Widnes 10 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 10 Widnes 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Widnes Vikings 10
70th Minute Wigan 14 Widnes 10 Try: Ryan Hampshire
Wigan 14 Widnes 10 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (1/3)
78th Minute Wigan 18 Widnes 10 Try: Anthony Gelling
Wigan 20 Widnes 10 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/4)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 20 Widnes Vikings 10

Phil Bentham



First Utility Super League 20 - Round 22 Results
Thu 16 July Warrington Wolves 14 St Helens 20 11,618
Fri 17 July Hull Kingston Rovers 12 Hull FC 22 11,350
Fri 17 July Leeds Rhinos 70 Salford Red Devils 6 14,190
Fri 17 July Wigan Warriors 20 Widnes Vikings 10 13,194
Sat 18 July Catalan Dragons 12 Huddersfield Giants 14 9,761
Sun 19 July Wakefield Wildcats 20 Castleford Tigers 58 4,000

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 22 15 1 6 722 455 +267 31
2 St Helens 22 15 0 7 546 424 +122 30
3 Wigan Warriors 22 14 1 7 541 401 +140 29
4 Huddersfield Giants 22 12 2 8 504 370 +134 26
5 Castleford Tigers 22 13 0 9 541 461 +80 26
6 Warrington Wolves 22 11 0 11 508 450 +58 22
7 Hull FC 22 11 0 11 440 436 +4 22
8 Catalan Dragons 22 9 2 11 539 538 +1 20

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 9 0 13 522 594 -72 18
10 Widnes Vikings 22 8 1 13 497 545 -48 17
11 Salford Red Devils 22 8 1 13 427 596 -169 17
12 Wakefield Wildcats 22 3 0 19 378 895 -517 6

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