Toulouse Olympique 28-29 Wigan Warriors: Highlights & match report

Wigan Warriors scraped through an incredible fixture against Toulouse Olympique with a Harry Smith drop-goal on the stroke of full-time.

Wigan were down 18-10 and 28-16 at two stages of the game before levelling proceedings in the last ten minutes and then going on to win the game through Smith.

The Warriors themselves had raced into a 10-0 early lead with Jai Field getting a trademark try on just three minutes, scything through a huge gap in the Toulouse defence and rounding the fullback.

Zak Hardaker converted, but he was off target on nine minutes when the centre himself crossed the whitewash after good work by Field once more.

But, back came from the French side after refusing to lie down, Guy Armitage getting Toulouse back in it just after the midway point in the first-half.

And, they levelled proceedings shortly before the half-hour mark with Maxime Stefani dotting down for his second try in two games. Former Wigan man Chris Hankinson converted to draw the French side level.

Delirium inside the Stade Ernest Wallon followed when Tony Gigot dotted down with six minutes of the half remaining.

Hankinson’s conversion made it 16-10, with Gigot and then Eloi Pelissier dropping a goal before the break to make it 18-10 at half-time.

Cade Cust responded straightaway after the break, but two quickfire tries – inbetween a Gigot 40/20 – left Toulouse with a healthy 28-16 lead.

Liam Marshall pulled another back to make it 28-22 with 12 minutes remaining to set up a tense finale.

Then stepped up Field to get his second of the match and, with Hardaker’s successful conversion, levelled the scores at 28-apiece, before Smith delivered the killer blow.

Highlights

Harry Smith’s drop-goal on 79 minutes sent the Wigan players and fans into delirium.

Toulouse pushing Wigan all the way was a joy to behold, with the French side slowly building towards their first win.

Guy Armitage scoring a double and looking every bit the Super League player for Toulouse.

Abbas Miski earned his debut for the first time as a Wigan player and enjoyed a solid game.

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