Warrington swept to their fourth win in a
row to pile on the agony for trouble-torn Wigan.
with skipper Lee Briers masterminding the show, romped into a 25-6
interval lead to maintain their march up the Super League table.
Briers notched a try, helped set up several others and booted
seven goals from seven attempts plus a drop goal.
Wigan axed winger Mark Calderwood after last week's
embarrassing Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Catalans
at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Boss Brian Noble recalled Chris Ashton with Pat Richards
reverting from full back to wing as Wigan desperately sought a
much-needed victory after their recent troubles. It never looked
A four-point salary cap deduction and Maurice Lindsay's
decision to quit at the end of the season has been followed by
owner Dave Whelan revealing he is ready to sell Wigan.
Warrington were missing Chris Leikvoll, Paul Johnson and Vinnie
Anderson but still had too much power for Wigan.
The Wolves took only three minutes to go ahead with smart
passing from Chris Bridge, Briers, Brent Grose and Martin Gleeson
putting Stuart Reardon over in the corner.
Then wing sensation Kevin Penny lit up the stadium taking Jon
Clarke's pass to race 40 yards and round Ashton with little room
to manoeuvre and bag his 10th try in only eight starts.
Mistakes by Ashton and skipper Sean O'Loughlin had proved
costly for the first two tries but Wigan threatened a recovery
when Phil Bailey and Ashton combined for Liam Colbon to go over
after 11 minutes and cut the gap to 12-6.
Then Briers forced his way over from dummy half and booted his
Wigan were on the rack and their plight worsened when Brent
Grose took Martin Gleeson's pass straight from a scrum to scorch
through a gap and make it 24-6.
Wigan switched Ashton to the wing with Richards reverting to
full back with Warrington on fire.
It would have been worse for Wigan had Penny and Henry Fa'afili
both tried to score from Briers kick and the chance was lost.
Fa'afili then inexplicably dropped the ball over the line after
being put through by Bridge.
Gaz Hock was denied a Wigan try by a forward pass from Bridge
before Warrington blew a third touchdown when Briers spoiled an
electrifying burst by failing to pass to the supporting Martin
A Briers drop goal gave Warrington the commanding interval
Wigan needed an early score in the second half and Thomas
Leuluai obliged, taking Iafeta Paleaaesina's pass to sidestep
Grose and go over under the posts with Richards adding the goal.
Warrington missed a fourth try when Penny should have gone
himself but passed inside to Henry Fa'afili. Penny took the return
ball but was then knocked into touch.
Harrison Hansen saved a Bridge try with a superb tackle after
more Briers magic.
Stuart Fielden can consider himself harshly dealt with for his
56th-minute sin-binning for a challenge on Briers whose pass to
Clarke extended the lead to 31-12.
Darrell Goulding went over for Wigan but Warrington soon
responded through Fa'afili and Bridge to wrap up an emphatic
Goulding added outclassed Wigan's final try in stoppage time.