Wigan Warriors overcome an early red card, as well as a late Warrington resurgence to secure their place in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Tries from Abbas Miski and Warrington-loanee Toby King were enough to edge past Warrington at the DW this afternoon.
Kaide Ellis red card
The Wigan forward was sent for a very early bath after he headbutted Stefan Ratchford.
Wigan draw first blood
Wigan capitalise on Danny Walker error deep in Warrington’s half to create a chance. Harry Smith sent up a cross-field kick which Abbas Miski batted back, and Warrington loanee Toby King reacted quickest to dot the ball down against his parent club and give 12-man Wigan the first points of the afternoon.
Warrington come close soon after
Not long after Wigan’s first try, Warrington work it down close to Wigan’s line, but Currie couldn’t keep a hold of Williams pass and Wigan survive.
Harry Smith gave Wigan a bit of breathing room as he slotted a penalty goal to make it an eight point lead.
Thewlis saves a certain try
A delicious kick from Harry Smith bounced perfectly for Jai Field who worked the ball to Liam Farrell and then onto Liam Marshall. The Wigan winger looked set to put his name on the scoresheet, however Josh Thewlis thought otherwise and saved a certain try with a fantastic tackle to force Marshall into touch.
Thewlis to the rescue again
Josh Thewlis, not content with just one try saver, stopped Liam Farrell going over the line and earn the ball back for Warrington.
Warrington go close again
A break down Warrington’s right edge found the ball in Connor Wrench’s hand, however they couldn’t capitalise and again Wigan escaped scot free.
Wigan hold out
Right on the stroke of half time Warrington broke through the Wigan line, but again the visitors couldn’t make field position count as George Williams’ kick was collected by Toby King.
Wigan out of the blocks quickest in the second-half
The Cherry and Whites nearly started the second-half in perfect fashion. Miski couldn’t hold onto Smith’s kick, and Morgan Smithies came within inches of putting the ball down; however Warrington held firm and prevented Wigan growing their lead.
Wire back in the game
Warrington finally convert pressure into points. The powerful forward Joe Bullock crashed over from short range after Darryl Clark was held up over the line.
Wigan hit back instantly
A lovely flowing move through the Wigan backs found Miski in space, who dived over in acrobatic fashion to nullify Bullock’s try.
Matt Dufty try ruled out
Matt Dufty thought he had put his name on the scoresheet but it was judged to be a double movement and it was chalked off.
Thewlis makes it a nervy ending
After his defensive heroics in the first half, Thewlis again acted when it mattered as he crossed the whitewash, and Ratchford’s kick brought it back within two points.
Forward pass at the death
Thewlis looked to have secured the crucial blow for Warrington, however Mata’utia’s pass was judged to be forward and Wigan survive the late scare to hold onto a famous win.
A date with Hull KR
Wigan now move onto the semi-finals where they face the Robins for a shot at Wembley.
Was it a red card?
Kaide Ellis was in disbelief at the red card, however the contact with Ratchford drew blood and the ref had no choice but to show the red.
Warrington errors costing them at key moments
Wire were their own worst enemy for most of the game. Sloppy errors cost them at crucial moments which helped Wigan gain the upper hand despite being a man down.
Red card resurgence
The early red card threatened to derail Wigan’s hopes of progressing in the Challenge Cup, but if anything it galvanised Matt Peet’s men and helped them to pull off a famous victory.
Cherry and Whites answer the doubters
At Easter, Wigan were one of the form sides in Super League. but recently they have been on a poor run of form. They answered a lot of the doubters with a massive win to move onto the semi-finals.