Warrington 21-8 Wigan: Player ratings and major talking points

For the second time this season, Warrington had too much for Wigan and claimed a vital victory over their rivals. Despite a positive start from the Warriors, they were unable to remain on top and once again suffered defeat to the Wolves.

Major Talking Points:

1. Progress for Wigan

It’s clear to see Wigan have come a long way since their defeat to Warrington earlier this season. Having strung together three wins, the Warriors came into the game with momentum and really challenged Warrington tonight. In fact, had a few key decisions gone their way they might have come away with the win. Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Wigan but they should take heart from their positive start to the game. If they can replicate that they’ll finish the season strongly.

2. Classy Clark

The former Man of Steel once again reminded the league of his raw quality tonight. He bossed the middle of the field and took advantage of every quick play-the-ball that came his way. His wonderful running game continually put Wigan on the back foot. I’d argue he was the difference between the two teams.

3. Should Mamo’s try have been checked?

For the second time this season we saw a try scored because of an injury. Earlier this year, Theo Fages stole a try against Hull FC thanks to a Josh Griffin injury and the same happened tonight when Liam Marshall suffered a head knock, lost the ball and Jake Mamo picked it up and ran the length for a decisive try. It was a controversial moment and many believed Robert Hicks should’ve sent it to the video referee. A tricky moment for any referee to deal with, perhaps a new rule could solve this problem.

Player Ratings:

Warrington
23 Josh Thewlis – 7
18 Jake Mamo – 8
12 Jack Hughes – 6
4 Toby King – 6
5 Josh Charnley – 6
6 Blake Austin – 8
1 Stefan Ratchford – 8
8 Chris Hill – 7
9 Daryl Clark – 9
10 Mike Cooper – 8
11 Ben Currie – 7
14 Jason Clark – 6
20 Sitaleki Akauola – 6
Substitutes
13 Joe Philbin – N/A
15 Matt Davis – 7
19 Rob Mulhern – 6
27 Connor Wrench – N/A

Wigan
31 Jackson Hastings – 8
22 Jake Bibby – 7
11 Willie Isa – 8
4 Oliver Gildart – 6
5 Liam Marshall – 8
20 Harry Smith – 6
7 Thomas Leuluai – 7
8 Brad Singleton – 8
9 Sam Powell – 6
17 Tony Clubb – 6
12 Liam Farrell – 6
27 Kai Pearce-Paul – 7
14 Ollie Partington – 7
Substitutes
19 Liam Byrne – 6
21 Ethan Havard – 6
25 Joe Shorrocks – 6
33 Amir Bourouh – 6

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