In one of the games of the season, second place Wigan Warriors won away at third place Hull KR with a golden point try from Liam Farrell.
Wigan are like the best counter-attacking Premier League sides. They absorbed plenty of early pressure and then found space out wide through Bevan French who sent Liam Marshall down the wing. He found support in the shape of Liam Farrell and Wigan had the lead.
Hall sensational finish
Chasing Danny McGuire’s Super League try scoring record, Ryan Hall, who is the real life example of give them an inch and they will take a mile, as the winger was only given an inch to ground the ball, and like one of the tries he scored for England in 2011, he grounded the ball in the corner.
Marshall and Farrell combine again
Again French sent Marshall down the wing and he again found Liam Farrell in support again with a long inside ball allowing the backrower to bag a brace.
Hall denied by Nsemba
It looked set to be two tries a piece of Hall and Farrell when the winger raced down the wing only for Wigan youngster Junior Nsemba to scramble and deny the winger.
Provider to scorer
After notching two assists in the first half, Marshall finished a lovely move from close range to add to Wigan’s lead.
Drone forces players from the field
As Harry Smith prepared to line up the attempt at goal, the players and officials were forced from the field due to the presence of a drone. As the drone left, it seemingly took Wigan’s momentum with it.
Parcell burrows over
Trailing by eight a typical hooker’s try and a smart finish from Matt Parcell gave Hull KR hope.
Hall sin binned
It was a busy day for Ryan Hall and he was both hero and villain in one play. His involvement on Bevan French as he chased his own kick denied a try but saw him sin binned as well.
Parcell and Minchella combine masterfully
A lovely little one two between Parcell and Elliot Minchella opened up the space despite being a man down and Batchelor hit the ball hard and scored.
Johnson crowns return with try
Luis Johnson’s Hull KR career seemed over when he joined Castleford Tigers on loan but recalled recently, he was on hand to snatch Jez Litten’s grubber and ground the ball for a key try.
Marshall makes it two
Liam Marshall gave Wigan hope after some repeat sets. He was able to claim a lovely kick from Harry Smith to make it 22-18.
Miski sends the game to golden point
A sensational break by Liam Marshall carried Wigan down field and then a dramatic last play caught Ryan Hall out and created the space for Abbas Miski to conjure up a lovely finish in the corner.
Dramatic golden point
It was a dramatic golden point period. Harry Smith invited pressure only for Mikey Lewis to hit the post with the drop goal attempt then Wigan lost the ball. It was end to end and with seconds left on the clock of the first half of golden point, Bevan French carved open the Robins and he teed up Farrell for the hat-trick and the winner.
Wigan have shown that they have the character of Champions on a number of occasions in 2023 and no less in the last two games. They went from losing the game to winning it.
Drone catches the eye
A first for Super League as players were forced to leave the pitch briefly because of a drone. At the time it seemed like the drone had stunted Wigan’s momentum.
Should Wigan have had a penalty try?
In the end it might not have mattered but it could have done. If Ryan Hall is sin binned for preventing a try then surely it should be a penalty try?
Unlucky Hull KR
Hitting the post with a drop goal attempt is simply heart breaking and that is what happened to Hull KR tonight.
2 Ethan Ryan – 7
33 Corey Hall – 7
3 Tom Opacic – 7
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 8
5 Ryan Hall – 9
20 Mikey Lewis – 8
14 Jez Litten – 8
8 Jesse Sue – 7
9 Matt Parcell – 9
22 Dean Hadley – 8
16 James Batchelor – 8
12 Kane Linnett – 7
13 Elliot Minchella – 8
17 Matty Storton – 7
24 Sam Wood – 7
25 Luis Johnson – 7
26 Sam Luckley – 7
2 Bevan French – 9
23 Abbas Miski – 7
3 Toby King – 7
4 Jake Wardle – 7
5 Liam Marshall – 9
32 Ryan Hampshire – 7
7 Harry Smith – 8
15 Kaide Ellis – 8
9 Sam Powell – 7
10 Liam Byrne – 7
12 Liam Farrell – 9
13 Morgan Smithies – 7
19 Joe Shorrocks – 9
20 Patrick Mago – 7
22 Brad O’Neill – 7
26 Harvie Hill – 7
27 Junior Nsemba – 8