Wigan Warriors 10-16 Warrington Wolves

Wigan Warriors 10-16 Warrington Wolves

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Warrington put in a valiant effort and performance away against Wigan to claw the gap between the two to only 3 points as they emerged the victors by 16 points to 10 in a feisty Lancashire derby.  A close first half was eclipsed by the Wolves in the second half through a Ben Currie try, a pair of penalty goals and an outstanding defensive display to keep the Warriors scoreless and ruin Sean O’Loughlin’s 400th appearance celebrations.

Wigan made the perfect start to the game, with a high, hanging kick off being dropped by Stefan Ratchford. The resulting set allowed Tommy Leuluai to aim a perfectly weighted grubber out wide for Oliver Gildart to grab the opening score within two minutes.

The tough and physical start from both sides appeared to have a detrimental effect to their handling skills, with both being guilty of dropping the ball frequently in encouraging positions.

This soon changed on 14 minutes, with Benjamin Jullien barging his way over from close range. Warrington shifted the ball out wide, with Ryan Atkins eventually being dragged down.  A quick play the ball however saw nice hands from Ratchford finding Jullien, who muscled his way over to level the scores at 4-a-piece.

The try seemed to energise the visitors, with resilient defence on their own line keeping the Warriors at bay; however a well-worked Wigan move put them back in front. A high tackle by Ashton Sims gave the home side good field position in the Warrington half, with slick hands from Williams and O’Loughlin sending Leuluai through a gaping hole. Leuluai was able to find the supporting John Bateman, who was able to stroll over underneath the sticks.  Williams was able to add the games first conversion, with the Warriors leading 10-4

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued with Warrington hitting back 2 minutes before the break.  A beautifully timed kick to the corner from Dec Patton was flicked back by Lineham into the grateful arms of Ryan Atkins, who dove over to score.  Another missed Wolves conversion meant that the Warriors held a slender 10-8 lead going into the second half.

A tense start to the restart saw both teams at a stalemate, with good defence on show from all, however Warrington made it back-to-back tries in the 56th minute through the returning Ben Currie. Patton again was the instigator, putting in another incisive grubber kick for Currie to pounce on.  Goal kicking was increasingly becoming an issue for the visitors, with yet another being pushed wide, but despite this, the try pushed Warrington 12-10 in front for the first time in the game.

This lead was increased to 4 points minutes later after Chris Hill won a penalty in front of the Wigan posts, which Ratchford duly slotted over.

Wigan appeared to be their own worst enemy at times, with their inability to keep hold of the ball or stay in the field of play at crucial times, however strong and committed Warrington defence meant that the Warriors didn’t really look like scoring.

This appeared to frustrate the home side, with tempers boiling over with Bateman taking offence to a seemingly innocuous incident with Peta Hiku. The penalty was awarded to the Wolves, with Ratchford landing his second conversion of the night, and their lead being extended to 16 points to 10.

A late chance presented itself to the Warriors through Joe Burgess; however the winger couldn’t take the pass under tremendous pressure from Ben Pomeroy, sealing a well-needed and well-deserved victory for the men from Cheshire to keep their slim top-8 chances alive.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Sam TomkinsFull Back000000
3Anthony GellingCentre000000
4Oliver GildartCentre100000
5Joe BurgessWing000000
6George WilliamsStand Off010000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 15Prop000000
9Michael McIlorum 16Hooker000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
14John BatemanSecond Row100000
19Ryan Sutton 17Prop000000
20Willie Isa 28Second Row000000
35Liam MarshallWing000000
15Tony Clubb 8Interchange000000
16Sam Powell 9Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 19Interchange000000
28Jack Wells 20Interchange000000
 Total 210000

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Stefan RatchfordFull Back020000
2Tom LinehamWing000000
4Ryan AtkinsCentre100000
7Kurt GidleyScrum Half000000
8Chris Hill 27Prop000000
9Daryl ClarkHooker000000
10Ashton Sims 23Prop000000
12Jack Hughes 11Second Row000000
14Mike Cooper 18Prop000000
22Declan PattonScrum Half000000
24Benjamin JullienSecond Row100000
33Ben PomeroyCentre000000
35Peta HikuCentre000000
11Ben Currie 12Interchange100001
18Andre Savelio 14Interchange000000
23Joe Philbin 10Interchange000000
27Morgan Smith 8Interchange000000
 Total 320001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
July 13, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Venue

DW Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors10010
Warrington Wolves8816