Warrington 16 Wigan 38
Match report as Wigan Warriors ease past Warrington Wolves 38-16 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium
Liam Forsyth and Romain Navarrete make Wigan debuts while Jack Wells also named in Shaun Wane’s side
- Liam Marshall (4), Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell and Jack Wells with Wigan’s tries
Four tries from Liam Marshall helped Wigan ease past Warrington 38-16 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Wigan were 20-0 up after half-an-hour thanks to fine efforts from Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling and two from Marshall.
The Wolves clawed one back on the stroke of half-time as Ryan Atkins went over meaning Wigan led 20-6 at the break.
Marshall completed his hat-trick early in the second-half while England Academy forward Jack Wells, on from bench, also scored his first try for the club. Marshall scored his fourth with Rhys Evans and Tom Lineham grabbing consolation tries for the home side.
Shaun Wane made three changes to the Wigan side that beat Leigh last week with Ryan Sutton, Oliver Gildart and Joe Burgess out injured replaced by Liam Forsyth and Romain Navarette, who made their Warriors debuts, and Jack Wells on the interchange bench.
Tony Smith made just one change from Warrington’s defeat at Salford as Matty Blythe came back into the team in place of Declan Patton.
The Warriors started the game brightly as they forced a knock-on from former Warrior Jack Hughes and scored minutes later as Academy product Liam Marshall latched onto a George Williams grubber to score his first try for the club. Morgan Escare’s conversion attempt went just wide of the mark but Wigan were 4-0 up.
Anthony Gelling then scored in the 14th minute following a nice flowing move from Wigan. Earlier in the set, debutant Liam Forsyth made a fine offload to Escaré who went on a 60-metre break before being brought down. Escaré’s conversion hit the post and went over and Wigan led 10-0.
Youngster Marshall, making only his second First Team appearance, grabbed his second of the night when a Sean O’Loughlin 20-yard pass bounced into the arms of the winger who touched down in the corner. Escaré added the extras again from the touchline to make it 16-0.
Shaun Wane’s outfit were running riot in the first-half and were constantly pressing the Warrington line. Liam Farrell steamed onto a flat ball from England star Williams to score in front of the travelling Wigan fans. Escaré failed to convert but Wigan were 20-0 to the good after 33 minutes.
The Wolves pulled one back on the brink of half-time as Tom Lineham made a break on halfway before giving it to Kevin Brown who assisted Ryan Atkins, with the centre racing under the posts. Kurt Gidley added the conversion and the score was 20-6 at the interval.
HALF TIME: Warrington Wolves 6–20 Wigan Warriors
Winger Marshall completed his hat-trick early in the second-half by pouncing on a loose ball to race 70-metres and cross the line. Escaré arrowed his conversion over the sticks and Wigan led 26-6 after just 48 minutes.
Minutes after the Marshall try, another youngster in debutant Liam Forsyth came close to scoring as he latched onto an O’Loughlin kick but the video referee chalked it off due to the ball being grounded on the by-line.
France international Romain Navarrete came on midway through the second-half to make his Warriors debut and made a notable impact with some piercing runs.
Jack Wells made an appearance off the bench and scored just two minutes later, his first for Wigan, after storming onto a short ball from George Williams to dive over. Escaré successfully converted again to put his side 32-6 ahead.
Wire showed some fighting spirit with 15 minutes to go as Harvey Livett shipped it to Rhys Evans out wide who crossed and Gidley converted, 32-12.
Marshall then grabbed his fourth of the night late on as he received a crisp pass from Willie Isa to finish extremely well in the corner following a 50-metre Gelling break earlier in the set. Escaré converted and Wigan led 38-12.
Tom Lineham scored a consolation try for Wire with three minutes remaining but the game finished 38-16 to Wigan.
FULL TIME: Warrington Wolves 16–38 Wigan Warriors
Warrington Wolves - 16
Tries: Atkins, Evans, Lineham
Goals: Gidley 2/3
Wigan Warriors - 38
Tries: Marshall 4, Gelling, Farrell, Wells
Goals: Escare 5/7
Warrington Wolves: 7. Kurt Gidley, 5. Matty Russell, 21. Matty Blythe, 4. Ryan Atkins, 2. Tom Lineham, 6. Kevin Brown, 28. Harvey Livett, 14. Mike Cooper, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood, 13. Joe Westerman.
Interchange: 15. Brad Dwyer, 23. Joe Philbin, 18. Andre Savelio, 3. Rhys Evans.
Wigan Warriors: 22. Morgan Escare, 32. Liam Forsyth, 3. Anthony Gelling, 20. Willie Isa, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchange: 15. Tony Clubb, 17. Taulima Tautai, 26. Romain Navarrete, 28. Jack Wells.
Referee – Robert Hicks