Wigan Warriors 24-24 Warrington Wolves

Wigan Warriors 24-24 Warrington Wolves

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Joe Burgess scored a try in the final minute as Wigan and Warrington shared a 24-all draw in a thrilling end to day one at the 2017 Magic Weekend.

George Williams had a chance to win the game for the Warriors, but his touchline conversion with the final kick of the game went wide.

The Wolves had fought back from 18-6 down to lead 24-20 going into the final stages, but they were unable to hang on as St James’ Park was treated to an epic finish.

Wigan opened the scoring after eight minutes as Sean O’Loughlin’s long pass was unable to be taken in the air by Matty Russell, and the ball bounced perfectly for Liam Marshall to cross.

Young Josh Woods converted the try but left the field shortly afterwards after, turning his ankle in a tackle to add to the Warriors never-ending injury list.

Warrington got their first points six minutes later as Chris Hill had the ball stolen from him with three men in the tackle, but referee Ben Thaler played an advantage which allowed Daryl Clark to pick up and touch down.

Shaun Wane’s side hit the front again when Ben Westwood failed to take Kevin Brown’s pass, this allowed Marshall to gather and sprint 90 metres to score under the posts.

It looked as though Marshall had completed his hat-trick moments later, but his left foot hit the whitewash after taking a terrific pass from O’Loughlin.

Four minutes before half-time Lewis Tierney was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul on Matty Russell but the Wolves were unable to post points before the break, with Wigan holding a 12-6 lead.

Despite starting the second half with 12 men, Wigan notched up the first try of the half and inevitably it was that man Marshall who completed his hat-trick.

The young winger took the ball forward on the last tackle, kicking the ball close to the line and he benefited from a lucky deflection to pick up and plonk the ball on the line.

Needing to try something different to get back in the game, the Wire did just that in the 50th minute as Brown’s chip over the top found Stefan Ratchford who used his pace and footwork to score.

Despite touching down close to the posts, Ratchford missed a simple conversion meaning that Wigan still held a two-score lead at 18-10 going into the final 25 minutes.

Now with momentum, Warrington started to throw the ball around and they got another try moments later as Tom Lineham squeezed in at the corner, Ratchford landing the touchline conversion to reduce the deficit to two.

Sparks flew on the hour mark as Michael McIlorum and Kurt Gidley went head-to-head, but it was the Wolves with all the field position and Ratchford kicked a penalty goal to level the game after O’Loughlin’s high tackle on Brown.

But Wigan came back with a penalty of their own as Jack Hughes pulled Burgess back, and Williams put Wigan back ahead at 20-18 with the aid of the post.

With only six minutes left, Tony Smith’s men got the score they were looking for as Jack Hughes stepped inside Marshall to dive over and put the Wolves in front for the first time.

Ratchford’s conversion made it 24-20 but with a minute left on the clock, Burgess took O’Loughlin’s brilliant high kick in the corner and planted the ball down to level the scores.

Williams was unable to land the touchline conversion to win the game and the points were shared in a thrilling end to day one in Newcastle.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
5Joe BurgessCentre100000
6George WilliamsStand Off030000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
9Michael McIlorumHooker000000
12Liam Farrell 28Second Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
19Ryan Sutton 11Prop000000
20Willie IsaSecond Row000000
21Lewis TierneyFull Back000100
32Liam ForsythCentre000000
35Liam MarshallWing300001
36Tom DaviesWing000000
39Josh Woods 37Scrum Half010000
11Joel Tomkins 19Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
28Jack Wells 12Interchange000000
37Callum Field 39Interchange000000
 Total 440101

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Stefan RatchfordFull Back140000
2Tom LinehamWing100000
4Ryan AtkinsCentre000000
5Matty RussellWing000000
6Kevin BrownStand Off000000
7Kurt GidleyScrum Half000000
8Chris Hill 17Prop000000
9Daryl Clark 15Hooker100000
12Jack Hughes 16Centre100000
13Joe WestermanLoose Forward000000
14Mike Cooper 23Prop000000
24Benjamin JullienSecond Row000000
34Ben WestwoodSecond Row000000
15Brad Dwyer 9Interchange000000
16George King 12Interchange000000
17Dom Crosby 8Interchange000000
23Joe Philbin 14Interchange000000
 Total 440000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 20, 2017 7:00 pm Super League 2017 Saturday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors121224
Warrington Wolves61824