Wigan 14-40 Warrington: Player ratings and major talking points

Warrington underlined their title credentials by becoming only the second team to beat both St Helens and Wigan this year. They piled the points on a struggling Wigan side as the Warriors suffered their fourth consecutive defeat.

Major Talking Points:

1. Wire starlets shine again

Against rivals Wigan and with their international stars back in the fold, plenty expected the focus to shift onto Warrington’s established stars after the youngsters shone last week. However, Warrington’s Josh Thewlis and Connor Wrench were both brilliant again tonight. Thewlis, who was sublime against Leigh, didn’t look out of place whilst Wrench ripped Wigan to shreds again and again.

2. Prop priority for Wigan

The Warriors were heavily linked with former star George Williams when he became available. In the end a deal never happened and he looks headed for Warrington. However, it may be a good for the Cherry and Whites that Williams is headed elsewhere because they need to spend money another big prop. This isn’t a criticism of the Wigan pack. It’s full of dynamic and outstanding players as well as current and future internationals. But without another big prop to take the pressure of Liam Byrne and Joe Bullock as well as the absent Brad Singleton is an absolute must for Wigan. Today, the Warriors had to start Olly Partington at prop – a player who’s been brilliant at 13 all season – and that speaks for itself. If Wigan had the extra punch of another prop today, they may have been able to stop Warrington’s decisive fast start.

3. Warrington the real deal this year?

You may not think Warrington’s win tonight was anything special. Take away their fast start and it wouldn’t have been so dominant. But in truth they showed plenty of champion-like qualities. The Wolves were able to beat a direct rival when not at their absolute best. They showed the exhilarating attacking prowess to snatch quick-fire points at vital stages in the game and even won without key players like Gareth Widdop and Toby King. They’ve now beaten both of last year’s Grand Finalists and could be headed back to Old Trafford themselves.

Player Ratings:

Wigan
31 Jackson Hastings – 7
22 Jake Bibby – 5
11 Willie Isa – 6
4 Oliver Gildart – 7
5 Liam Marshall – 6
20 Harry Smith – 5
7 Thomas Leuluai – 6
14 Oliver Partington – 6
9 Sam Powell – 7
21 Ethan Havard – 6
12 Liam Farrell – 6
27 Kai Pearce-Paul – 7
15 Morgan Smithies – N/A
Substitutes
10 Joe Bullock – 6
19 Liam Byrne – 6
25 Joe Shorrocks – 6
34 Brad O’Neill – 6

Warrington
23 Josh Thewlis – 7
5 Josh Charnley – 7
18 Jake Mamo – 9
27 Connor Wrench – 8
2 Tom Lineham – 8
6 Blake Austin – 8
1 Stefan Ratchford – 9
8 Chris Hill – 8
9 Daryl Clark – 8
10 Mike Cooper – 7
11 Ben Currie – 7
12 Jack Hughes – 7
15 Matt Davies – 7
Substitutes
13 Joe Philbin – 6
14 Jason Clark – 6
16 Danny Walker – 6
19 Rob Mulhern – 6

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