Warriors Festive Cheer

Wigan Warriors ended their HJ Stadium hoodoo with an emphatic 44-4 victory over Warrington Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Wearing a limited edition Pink kit in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice, the Warriors included debutants Karl Pryce and Mark Riddell in their team as well as captain Sean O'Loughlin who made an impressive return from a shoulder injury, against a youthful Wolves outfit featuring just five first team regulars in front of a 6,711 crowd, with over half making the trip from Wigan.

Sam Tomkins scored a hat-trick for the Cherry and Whites, while Karl Pryce on debut and Richard Mathers bagged a brace each.

Shaun Ainscough and Joel Tomkins also crossed for Brian Noble's team, with James Mendeika scoring Warrington's only try.

The half time score of 22-0 would have been far greater apart from the Warriors misfortune in kicking goals, with Pryce close to a hattrick but dropping Mathers 20 yard bullet pass over the line on the stroke of half time.

Even in the last 30 with many of the Warriors first team star withdrawn, the youngsters put on a show for the travelling faithful and outclassed their opponents with Tomkins scoring a sublime 20 minute hattrick to take his scoring tally to eight tries in just two first team appearances.

Warrington Wolves: Chris Murphy, Kevin Penny, Matty Blythe, James Mendeika, Rhys Williams, Nigel Scott, Scott Leatherbarrow, Ben Harrison, Alex Thompson, Adam Neal, Tyrone McCarthy, Lee Mitchell, James Laithwaite
Subs: Dave Saxon, Josh Cullen, Matthew Lomax, Jack Reid, Chris Dean, Danny Martin, Gaz O'Briend, Liam Hulme, Greg Hamilton

Tries: Mendeika

Wigan Warriors: Richie Mathers, Karl Pryce, Darrell Goulding, Cameron Phelps, Sean Ainscough, Sean O'Lougjlin, Sam Tomkins, Andy Coley, Mark Riddell, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Mark Flanagan, Liam Farrell, Joel Tomkins
Subs: Eamon O'Carroll, Ian Thornley, Ben Davies, Mike McIlorum, Stuart HOwarth, Chris Gerard, Josh Veivers

Wigan Tries: Mathers (2), Pryce (2), Ainscough, Sam Tomkins (3), Joel Tomkins

Wigan Goals: Phelps (2), Tomkins (2)

Attendance: 6,711

Referee: G. Hewer

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