Magic Monday

Magic Monday

Magic 2009 saw a change of venue and a change of fortunes for the Warriors who at the third time of trying recorded their first victory at the weekend.

One of the best performances of the season saw Wigan record their biggest derby win in six years at Murrayfield, the scene of another famous victory over St Helens in the 2002 Challenge Cup Final.

A crowd of 29,627 saw the Warriors bring the curtain down on day one in style.

Sean O’Loughlin opened the scoring on seven minutes after Amos Roberts palmed Tim Smith’s high ball back to Martin Gleeson who put the skipper over.

O’Loughlin then turned provider as a fine kick to the corner found Pat Richards to score.

Sean O’Loughlin crossed for Wigan’s first try of the game

Richards converted both to see Wigan lead 12-0 and the lead was soon 18 points after Gareth Hock smashed Sean Long and Chris Flannery out of the way as he crashed over the try-line.

Sean Long was quiet for the Saints but came to life as he reacted to a deflection on his own grubber kick to pounce and score. Kyle Easmond’s goal making it 18-6.

A young Sam Tomkins was now involved off the subs bench and he helped create space for brother Joel to score a fourth Wigan try on the stroke of half-time.

Feka Paleaaesina on the charge for Wigan

24-6 up at the break, the Warriors made it a four-try advantage through the boot of Richards after Roby was penalised just two minutes into the second half.

The Warriors all but sealed the win moments later when Cameron Phelps released Richards down the wing who passed inside to the supporting Leuluai to score.

Mick Potter’s side were well beaten but added late consolation tries from Leon Pryce and Paul Wellens but Wigan deservedly had the final say as Richards crossed five minutes from the time and added the two to take his personal haul to 22 points.

The Wigan fans jubilant at the team’s performance

Wigan team: 21. Cameron Phelps, 2. Amos Roberts, 22. Martin Gleeson, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Tim Smith, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Stuart Fielden, 17. Michael Mcilorum, 15. Andy Coley, 11. Gareth Hock, 12. Phil Bailey, 13. Sean O’Loughlin

Interchange: 10.Iafeta Paleaaesina, 14. Joel Tomkins, 19. Paul Prescott, 25. Sam Tomkins

Wigan return to Magic Weekend on Saturday 20th May where they face Warrington Wolves in the main game at St James’ Park, Newcastle, 7pm kick-off. Tickets are selling well with the Wigan Club having sold more tickets than any other Super League side to date.

Tickets are now available from the Warriors with all sales kept within the Club. Season Ticket Holders get 50% off sales and Members are entitled to 25% discount. For full ticket and coach travel details CLICK HERE.

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