Warriors Get Back To Winning Ways

Wigan Warriors 38

Tries: Higham, Richards, J Tomkins, Hock, Goulding 2, Leuluai.
Goals: Richards (5)

Harlequins RL 20

Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mbu, Clubb (2)
Goals: Paul (2)

The Warriors got their Super League season back on track after a defeat in France and a draw at Castleford with a 38-20 home win over Harlequins at the JJB Stadium on Friday night.

The home side turned around a 16-6 deficit and with two tries either side of the interval in a seven minute spell to put the Warriors on the front foot as the Harlequins had little answer after a good opening half an hour. Wigan scored seven tries in total with six different scorers as the points were shared around, Darrell Goulding with two touchdowns.

There was some concern with an injury to new boy Cameron Phelps as he was forced to leave the field in the second half on a stretcher; thankfully he was able to return to the dug out to watch the final 15 minutes of the game.

Wigan pressed in the early stages and it took just four minutes for the home side to cross for the first try of the game. The Warriors forced a goal line drop out, Andy Coley was held just short and hooker Mickey Higham took up possession from half back to dummy and dive over. Richards added the goal, 6-0.

The Quins drew level on 18 minutes, a short pass from Randall found McCarthy-Scarsbrook in support to glide over, his first touch after being on the field a matter of seconds. Henry Paul added the extras, 6-6.

Within a couple of minutes the visitors were in again, a clever short kick by Scott Hill into the path of Joe Mbu for the try. This time Henry Paul missed the conversion, 6-10.

On 33 minutes the Quins extended their lead. Poor Wigan tackling on the final tackle allowed centre Tony Clubb to score, Hansen and Carmont unable to stop him. Paul added the conversion to make it 6-16.

Cameron Phelps made his home debut with five minutes of the half left, replacing Mickey Higham.

The Warriors responded with a couple of minutes of the half remaining, Leuluai with a clever kick and Pat Richards the quickest to respond to get a vital touch. The full back added the extras, 12-16.

As the interval hooter sounded Wigan were in again to regain the lead, this time Thomas Leuluai with the break, Melling just grabbing him by his shorts 20 metres out. The ball was spread to the right, a Barrett kick, a superb Goulding inside pass and Joel Tomkins touched down. Richards made it three from three, 18-16.

A mistake by the Quins straight from the kick off allowed Wigan early possession and some slick handling from Phelps and then Paleaaesina to send in Gareth Hock for the Warriors fourth try. Richards added the extras, 24-16.

The cherry and whites were in a roll and from another Harlequins mistake a Barrett pass cut out two defenders for Darrell Goulding to score. This time the extras were missed. Wigan had managed four tries either side of the interval.

There was a long delay as Cameron Phelps was caught in an accidental tackle by Jon Grayshon and required attention before being stretchered off, every precaution being taken as he was clapped off the field by the Warriors fans.

Wigan were on something of a role and great work by Higham into a gap found Thomas Leuluai in for another four points on 57 minutes. Richards goal made it 34-16.

The Quins were denied a further try on 67 minutes, obstruction the decision by the video referee as Michael Worrincy looked for points.

Wigan were in on 72 for try number seven, Darrell Goulding getting the touch after Mark Calderwood had gone close. It was Goulding's second of the night, the goal was missed.

Tony Clubb ran the length of the field late on for Quins but it was nothing more than a consolation effort, 38-20.

So a Super League double for the Warriors over the Quins after an opening day win in the capital as Wigan look to continue their push for a top four spot.

Wigan Warriors: Pat Richards, Mark Calderwood, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Liam Colbon, Trent Barrett, Thomas Leuluai, Stuart Fielden, Mickey Higham, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Gareth Hock
Subs: Cameron Phelps, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Lee Mossop, Eamon O'Carroll

Harlequins RL: Chris Melling, Jamie O'Callaghan, Tony Clubb, Will Sharp, Lamont Bryan, Scott Hill, Danny Orr, Gareth Haggerty, Chad Randall, Danny Ward, Michael Worrincy, Joe Mbu, Henry Paul
Subs: Daniel Heckenberg, Jon Grayshon, David Tootill, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

Referee: Ian Smith

Attendance: 11,453

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