Wigan 38 Warrington 10
Match report as Wigan Warriors record an eighth Magic Weekend win after beating Warrington Wolves on Saturday
The Warriors run out a comprehensive 38-10 victory at St James’ Park in Newcastle
- Sam Powell, Sam Tomkins, John Bateman, George Williams, Liam Marshall and Tom Davies with Wigan’s tries
Wigan Warriors set a new Magic Weekend record of eight wins after beating Warrington Wolves 38-10 at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday.
Sam Tomkins opened the score with a penalty goal before Harvey Livett’s try put Wire in front.
Two Wigan tries then followed from Sam Powell and Tomkins but Stefan Ratchford reduced the score gap with a solo effort. Tomkins made it 16-10 at the break with another penalty goal.
Tries from John Bateman and George Williams set Wigan on their way early on in the second half.
The Warriors managed to nil the Wolves in the second 40 as Liam Marshall and Tom Davies both went over to seal the win.
Tomkins put the cherry on top with seconds remaining as he kicked another penalty goal to complete a 38-10 triumph.
Shaun Wane made three changes to last week’s Challenge Cup side at Hull KR as Dan Sarginson, Josh Woods and Sean O’Loughlin were all out.
George Williams, Morgan Escare and Romain Navarette all returned.
Warrington made just the one change to the side that beat Toronto Wolfpack last weekend as George King came in for Mike Cooper.
Sam Tomkins kicked an early penalty goal to give Wigan a 2-0 lead.
However, Warrington got the first try of the game as Harvey Livett went over. Winger Tom Lineham kept the ball in play on the left edge which allowed Livett to pick it up and touch down. Bryson Goodwin missed the kick but Wire went ahead at 2-4.
Wigan went back in front on the 25th minute as Sam Powell powered his way over the line. The half back found a gap in the Warrington defence from George Williams’ pass and he was able to get the ball down. The decision went to the video referee but the try was given. Tomkins converted to make it 8-4.
Tomkins got on the scoresheet five minutes later, as he reached out a hand to get the ball down over the whitewash on the left side. The full back added the two points and Wigan led 14-4.
Warrington closed the score gap on the 35th minute as Stefan Ratchford got to the ball first to touch down. A kick was put through on the left side and Ratchford latched onto it to score. Goodwin added the extras to make it 14-10.
With seconds remaining of the first half, Wigan extended their lead as Tomkins kicked another penalty goal.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 16–10 Warrington Wolves
Two minutes into the second half, Warrington thought they were in, as Livett looked to have gone over for his second try. However, the video referee ruled it out as he failed to get the ball down.
John Bateman furthered Wigan’s advantage ten minutes later, as he skipped his way past the Wolves line to dart over. Bateman found a gap and side stepped the last man to ease over in front of the posts. Tomkins made it 22-10 with the boot.
Three minutes later, the Warriors were in again, this time through George Williams. It was all thanks to the sublime break away by Liam Marshall as the winger ran 60 metres down field to find the supporting Williams who went over. Tomkins missed the kick but Wigan led 26-10.
Wigan were then given a penalty for offside and Tomkins chose to take the two but his kick went wide.
The Wolves thought they were in again through Ratchford but the video referee ruled it out, as there was an obstruction in the lead up play.
Two more tries then followed for Wigan which sealed the win as Marshall picked the ball up from a kick and eased over. Tomkins converted to make it 30-10.
Tom Davies got Wigan’s sixth try as he collected the ball on the right side from a Warrington error and he ran towards the posts to score. Tomkins’ kick made it 36-10.
To wrap things up, Tomkins slotted another penalty goal over to give Wigan a fine 38-10 win.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 38–10 Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors – 38
Tries: Powell, S Tomkins, Bateman, Williams, Marshall, T Davies
Goals: S Tomkins 7/10
Warrington Wolves – 10
Tries: Livett, Ratchford
Goals: Goodwin 1/2
Wigan Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tom Davies, 14. John Bateman, 4. Oliver Gildart, 22. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Sam Powell, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Tommy Leuluai, 10. Ben Flower, 19. Willie Isa, 12. Liam Farrell, 11. Joel Tomkins
Interchange: 15. Ryan Sutton, 17. Taulima Tautai, 20. Morgan Escare, 25. Romain Navarette
Warrington Wolves: 1. Stefan Ratchford, 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Ryan Atkins, 27. Josh Charnley, 6. Kevin Brown,7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 16. Sitaleki Akauola, 20. Harvey Livett, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood
Interchange: 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Declan Patton, 17. Joseph Philbin, 19. George King
Referee: Robert Hicks