Wigan Warriors 42
T: Goulding 2, Vaeliki, Richards, Coyle, O’Carroll, Thornley, Mossop
G: Melling 5
Warrington Wolves 8
T: Jerram, McCarthy
Wigan Team: Mark Brocklehurst; David Small, David Vaeliki, Darryl Goulding, Pat Richards; Danny Kilshaw, Thomas Coyle; Eamon O’Carroll, Chris Melling, Tom Brindle, Ben Kavanagh, Ben Kaye, Liam Colbon.
Subs: Tony Thornley, Lee Jewitt, Matt Astley, Lee Mossop.
Warrington Team: Martin Ridyard; Harry Archer, Sam Gee, Anthony Jerram, Kevin Penny; Anthony Moulsdale, Steve Roper; Steve Pickersgill, Craig Cornelia, Mike Cooper, Lee Mitchell, Ben Harrison, Mike Johnson.
Subs: Jake Emmitt, Danny Colquitt, Tyrone McCarthy, Kash Watkins.
Warrington were caught on the hop by Wigan’s prompt start at Orrell, and trailed 22-0 at the interval after failing to get to grips with a fast-moving Warriors attack. By the time they scored their two tries – through Anthony Jerram and Tyrone McCarthy – they were well out of a contest which was drifting further away from them by the minute.
The strong running of Darryl Goulding brought him a couple of tries, whilst Internationals David Vaeliki and Pat Richards scored one each, as did Thomas Coyle, Tony Thornley and Eamon O’Carroll, with five goals coming from hooker Chris Melling as the Warriors swapped positions in the table with their opponents.
Leigh Centurions 12
T: Thomas (Adam), Holland
G: Mort 2
Wigan Warriors 58
T: Bradley 3, Howarth 2, Smith 2, Ainscough, Farrell Tomkins (S.), Hatton
G: Hatton 7
Leigh Team: Tom Bradshaw, Terry Riley, Ian Mort, Kieran Lomax, Sean McDonald, Scott
Holland, Ste Grundy; Danny Meekin, Danny MacDonald, Dave Prescott, Dan Jackson, Kris Hersnip, Lee Gittins.
Subs: Andrew Melling, Jon Peers, Adam Thomas, Andrew Thomas.
Wigan Team: Josh Vievers; Shaun Ainscough, Stuart Howarth, Ross Bradley, Nick
Stanton; Chris Gerard, Sam Tomkins; Luke Rhoden, Tom Smith, Neil Holland, Chris
Tuson, Will Schofield, Dean Hatton.
Subs: Mike Priest, Liam Farrell, Kyle Massam, Ben Davies.
Leigh found ten-try Wigan too hot to hold at the Coliseum, especially their swift centre partnership of Ross Bradley and Stuart Howarth, who chipped in with five tries between them – Bradley grabbing a hat trick. Hooker Tom Smith was another big player for the visitors, scoring two tries and being especially effective in the loose and at dummy half.
Bradley and Howarth opened the scoring with a try apiece inside ten minutes, followed by Smith,whose try was converted by Dean Hatton’s first success of seven.
Bradley, Sam Tomkins and Shaun Ainscough then to take the game beyond recall for Leigh by the break, with the Warriors 38-0 ahead.
Hatton and Bradley scored further Wigan tries before Leigh finally got on the scoreboard through Adam Thomas for Ian Mort to convert. A Liam Farrell try from distance for the visitors provided a real highlight, Hatton converting, before Scott Holland got in for the Centurions, only for Smith to dart over in the closing minutes, Hatton’s conversion sealing a powerful Warriors performance.