Season Review - Part Four

Season Review - Part Four

We reflect on the last three months of the campaign in Super League.

August/September/October

Wigan continued to keep the pressure on Warrington at the top of the table and headed to the Cup Final on the back of Super League wins against Salford and Bradford at home.

The loss the week after the Cup Final at Warrington was to prove decisive as to the destination of the League Leaders Shield but the Warriors headed into the Play-Offs after a 2nd spot finish and a win at home over the Crusaders in what was to be the Welsh side's last in Super League.

In the Play-Offs Wigan lost at home to Saints but were given a second chance in week 2 where Michael Maguire's men swept past a Catalans Dragons side they had lost twice to in the regular rounds.

A week 3 meeting against St Helens once more at Widnes for a place at Old Trafford unfortunately proved to be a step too far and Wigan were defeated and the season was over.

Sunday 14th August SL24 Salford City Reds (H) W 52-18

T: S Tomkins 4, Charnley, J Tomkins, McIlorum, Coley, Farrell
G: Richards 8

The Warriors recorded their eighth consecutive home win on the bounce and with it completed a Super League double over the Reds. Sam Tomkins starred with a four try show as Wigan ran in nine tries.

Friday 19th August SL25 Bradford Bulls (H) W 60-12

T: S Tomkins 2, Charnley 2, Carmont 2, Richards 3, O'Loughlin, Hansen, Hoffman
G: Richards 6

Wigan recorded their biggest Super League win of the season running in 12 tries against a well beaten Bradford Bulls side, ideal preparation ahead of the Challenge Cup Final.

Sunday 4th September SL26 Warrington Wolves (A) L 12-39
T: Deacon, O'Loughlin
G: Richards 2

The Warriors were defeated for the first time in fourteen outings in League and Cup and were unable to back up the win at Wembley against the Wolves in this battle of the top two. The defeat left Warrington in the box seat for the League Leaders Shield as the Warriors struggled to cope against an in form Wolves side who raced into a 24-0 lead.

Friday 9th September SL27 Crusaders (H) W 42-10

T: Charnley 2, J Tomkins, Richards, Finch, Hoffman, Farrell
G: Richards 7

Wigan finished off the regular home season in style with a convincing win against the Crusaders in what was the Welsh sides' last Super League encounter. A crowd of over 19,000 watched the game as part of the Warriors Heritage Day. Wigan finish 2nd in the table.

Sunday 18th September SLQPO St Helens (H) L18-26

T: J Tomkins, Richards, O'Loughlin
G: Richards 3

St Helens recorded their first in five meetings with Wigan to progress through to week 3 of the Play-Offs. The visitors went into a 14-0 lead before a Warriors fight back but the visitors held on for the win.

Sunday 25th September SLPSF Catalans Dragons (H) W 44-0

T: Charnley, Hoffman, Farrell, Carmont, Finch, S Tomkins, Hansen
G: Richards 8

Wigan ran out comfortable winners in this Play-Off Semi-Final crossing for seven tries and keeping the Dragons scoreless. Wigan were 18-0 at the break and continued their dominance in the second half.

Saturday 1st October SLQSF St Helens (A) L 18-26

T: Charnley, O'Carroll, S Tomkins
G: Richards 3

Wigan's season ended at the Stobart Stadium and there was no fairytale end to Michael Maguire's time in charge of the Club. This was a fiercely fought local derby, the sixth of the season, three second half touchdowns from the home side set Saints on their way to Old Trafford.

 

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