Wigan 10 Warrington 16
Match report as Wigan Warriors fall to defeat against Warrington
Wolves run in three tries to come away with the win
- Tony Smith’s side beat Wigan on Sean O’Loughlin’s 400th Wigan appearance
Wigan fell to defeat against Warrington as the Wolves ran in three tries to leave the DW Stadium with the two points.
Wigan led as early as the second minute when Oliver Gildart latched onto Tommy Leuluai’s kick to score. Warrington soon settled and hit back through Benjamin Jullien to level the scores. Wigan took the lead again when a supporting John Bateman went over before Warrington scored again through Ryan Atkins, Wigan 10-8 ahead at the break owing to a George Williams conversion.
The visitors, who had to win to keep any hope of a top eight finish alive, scored midway through the half as the returning Ben Currie grounded the ball over the whitewash. Currie’s try coupled with two Stefan Ratchford penalties saw Tony Smith’s side take the two points on Sean O’Loughlin’s 400th appearance for Wigan.
Sean O’Loughlin started at loose forward on his 400th Wigan appearance with Liam Marshall back in side at the expense of Tom Davies. Liam Farrell missed out through a knee injury with Willie Isa starting at second row and Jack Wells coming onto the bench.
Ben Currie started on the Wolves bench, his first game since September last year following a knee injury. Ben Westwood missed out through suspension as Mike Cooper started at loose forward.
Wigan started brightly with a dangerous kick off which was spilled by Ratchford and Gildart took full advantage when a pin-point Thomas Leuluai grubber found Peta Hiku and Ben Pomeroy out of position for Gildart to score in the corner. George Williams pushed his conversion attempt right, Wigan 4-0 ahead after just two minutes.
It became a hard hitting affair with both teams standing strong. Warrington hit back on a last tackle play when a flat ball from Ratchford found the oncoming Jullien who flew straight through the Wigan defenders. Ratchford couldn’t convert with Warrington drawing level at 4-4 with 15 minutes played.
The scoreline remained level for less than ten minutes as Wigan took the lead for a second time. Quick ball movement from O’Loughlin saw Leuluai burst past the Warrington defence before releasing to Bateman for a simple try. It was simple too for Williams who extended the lead to 10-4 after 22 minutes of the first half.
As half time approached, Warrington scored a second. Declan Patton’s kick was contested by Tom Lineham who out jumped Liam Marshall to knock the ball down for a waiting Ryan Atkins to ground. Ratchford missed again meaning Wigan maintained the lead at 10-8.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 10–8 Warrington Wolves
The second half began in the same vein as the first half with both teams standing strong in defence.
Wigan applied good pressure to Wolves and forced a drop-out but couldn’t break down the Wire who went up field. Declan Patton’s accurate grubber to the in goal was soon pounced on by Currie to mark his return with a try and Warrington led for the first time in the game. Patton took over kicking duties but was unable to find the target with score at 10-12 after 17 second half minutes.
Warrington maintained the momentum in the match when Wigan failed to the clear the ruck to clear the path for Ratchford who put over a penalty goal to extend their lead to four, 19 minutes remained with the score at 10-14.
The game had remained intense as the last ten minutes arrived with Warrington still keeping Wigan at bay with the sides going set for set. However, despite Wigan’s best efforts, Warrington stayed rock solid at the back to keep the Warriors at bay.
Tempers flared late on after a Warrington handling error and a Wigan foul allowed Ratchford the chance to add another penalty with Ratchford making it 16-10 with less than three minutes to play.
Wigan looked for a short restart but the ball failed to go the required ten metres meaning Warrington had the ball and with it took the win.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 10–16 Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors - 10
Tries: Gildart, Bateman
Goals: Williams 1/2
Warrington Wolves - 16
Tries: Jullien, Atkins, Currie
Goals: Ratchford 2/4, Patton 0/1
Wigan Warriors 1. Sam Tomkins, 35. Liam Marshall, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 20. Willie Isa, 14. John Bateman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 15. Tony Clubb, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 28. Jack Wells
Warington Wolves 1. Stefan Ratchford, 35. Peta Hiku, 33. Ben Pomeroy, 4. Ryan Atkins, 2. Tom Lineham, 22. Declan Patton, 7. Kurt Gidley, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 24. Benjamin Jullien, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Mike Cooper
Interchange: 11. Ben Currie, 18. Andre Savelio, 23. Joe Philbin, 27. Morgan Smith