Swinton 12 Wigan 42
Swinton 12 Wigan 42
Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Swinton Lions 42-12 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round
Micky McIlorum, Jack Wells and Callum Field replace Josh Woods, Sam Powell and Joe Bretherton in Shaun Wane’s side
- Joel Tomkins, Liam Farrell, Joe Burgess (2), Liam Marshall, Tom Davies, Josh Ganson and Nick Gregson with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors ran in eight tries as they negotiated their way past Swinton Lions to setup a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final tie with Warrington.
Wigan led 18-0 at the break thanks to four unanswered first-half tries through Joel Tomkins, Liam Farrell, Joe Burgess and Liam Marshall.
Swinton scored the first try of the second-half through Grant Gore but Wigan replied with tries from Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Josh Ganson and Nick Gregson to lead 42-6. Swinton scored the last try of the game in the final moments through Mike Butt but the Warriors were comfortable winners.
George Williams was named in the Wigan team but was withdrawn just before the warm-up owing to illness. The decision meant Joel Tomkins moved to stand-off to partner Nick Gregson, Jack Wells started in the pack and Callum Field came in on the bench to debut. Micky Mcilorum also returned following a one-match suspension.
John Duffy named an unchanged Swinton side to the one that beat Toulouse in the Championship last weekend. Ex-Warriors Jack Murphy, Luke Waterworth, Ben Austin, Rhodri Lloyd, Rob Lever, Liam Carberry and Andy Thornley all featured for the Lions.
The Warriors piled pressure on the Swinton defence early on and their efforts were rewarded eight minutes in when Joel Tomkins intercepted a last tackle pass to race 30 metres to score the opening try. Liam Marshall couldn’t convert but Wigan were 4-0 up.
Wigan came close to scoring again minutes later through Joe Burgess but Liam Marshall’s foot was in touch earlier in the play.
Liam Farrell put the Cherry and Whites further ahead midway through the first-half, the England international interrupted a Swinton move with a good tackle and with the ball coming lose Farrell collected to run 40 metres to touch down. Marshall added the conversion to put Wigan in a 10-0 lead.
Joe Burgess then scored a fine individual effort as he chased down his own grubber kick to dive over the line from close. Marshall’s conversion attempt went wide but the Warriors were 14-0 to the good after 24 minutes.
Down the other end Liam Forsyth produced a try-saving tackle in the corner when Swinton centre Ben White looked to go over in the corner but the Warriors youngster pushed him into touch.
The Lions liked to go down the left side and Mike Butt dived over in the corner but was tackled into touch by in-form winger Tom Davies, meaning Wigan were still in a healthy 14-0 lead.
Shaun Wane’s side were in again on the half-hour mark. Substitute Josh Ganson produced a magnificent three-man cut-out pass to winger Marshall who finished spectacularly in the corner. Marshall failed to convert his own try but Wigan led 18-0.
Wigan had a couple of half chances late on but nothing came from them meaning they went into the sheds with a comfortable 18-0 lead.
HALF TIME: Swinton Lions 0–18 Wigan Warriors
Swinton started the second-half well and scored just minutes after the restart. Half-back Grant Gore showed neat footwork to dart inbetween the Warriors defence to score. Chris Atkin converted cutting Wigan’s lead to 18-6.
The Cherry and Whites hit back in the next attacking set though as they passed the ball wide to Farrell who put a smart grubber through for Burgess to pounce on and grab his second. Marshall converted to put Wigan 24-6 ahead after 47 minutes.
Wigan were beginning to get on top of the Lions and soon scored again as Tom Davies pounced on a drop-ball from Mike Butt to race 40 metres to score in the corner. Marshall added the extras from the touchline as Wigan were 30-6 to the good.
A coming together between Wigan’s Willie Isa and Swinton’s Mike Butt resulted in the pair being shown yellow cards and being sent to calm down for 10 minutes on the hour. England Academy forward Callum Field came off the interchange bench to make his First Team debut shortly after the melee.
In the 64th minute, young hooker Josh Ganson scored his first try for the First Team as he scooted from dummy-half to barge over from close. Marshall converted to put Wigan 36-6 up.
Nick Gregson extended Wigan’s lead just minutes later as he burst through the Swinton defence to score beneath the posts following a crisp pass from Ganson. Marshall’s conversion was good and the score was 42-6 in favour of Wigan.
Shaun Wane’s side were showing great desire in the latter stages of the game. Burgess and Marshall scrambled well in the corner to drag Shaun Robinson into touch.
The Lions were competitive throughout though and got a late and well-deserved consolation try with five minutes to go when Butt latched onto a loose ball and finished the try from 20 metres out. Atkin added the additional two points but Wigan were still 42-12 ahead.
The Lions tried a couple of attacking moves in the last couple of minutes but Wigan kept them out as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup where they face Warrington Wolves.
FULL TIME: Swinton Lions 12–42 Wigan Warriors
Swinton Lions – 12
Tries: Gore, Butt
Goals: Atkin 2/2
Wigan Warriors - 42
Tries: J Tomkins, Farrell, Burgess 2, Marshall, T Davies, Ganson, Gregson
Goals: Marshall 5/8
Swinton Lions: 1. Jack Murphy, 2. Shaun Robinson, 3. Chris Hankinson, 14. Ben White, 21. Mike Butt, 6. Grant Gore, 7. Chris Atkin, 15. Andy Bracek, 22. Luke Waterworth, 18. Ben Austin, 11. Connor Dwyer, 4. Rhodri Lloyd, 8. Rob Lever.
Interchange: 27. Liam Carberry, 9. Anthony Nicholson, 13. Andy Thornley, 24. Adam Jones.
Wigan Warriors: 21. Lewis Tierney, 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall, 11. Joel Tomkins, 23. Nick Gregson, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Micky McIlorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 28. Jack Wells, 12. Liam Farrell, 20. Willie Isa.
Interchange: 17. Taulima Tautai, 26. Romain Navarrete, 33. Josh Ganson, 37. Callum Field.
Referee – Chris Kendall