Match report as Wigan Warriors Women beat Featherstone Rovers Ladies in Season opener at Robin Park Arena
Warriors claim fine victory with ten-try haul in first ever game
- Tries from Kate McMullan, Vanessa Temple (2), Sarah Harrison (2), Becky Greenfield, Rachel Thompson (2) and Georgia Wilson (2)
Wigan Warriors Women created history as they put in an incredible performance to beat 2017 Grand Finalists, Featherstone Rovers, 54-0 in their first ever game.
The Warriors got off to a flying start, crossing for four first half tries as they led 22-0 at the break. The Cherry and Whites carried on their fine display in the second half, with some great defensive work and adding a further six to their tally and keeping visitors Featherstone Rovers to nil.
Amanda Wilkinson put a strong squad out for their first game of the season. England International Rachel Thompson featured, five ex-Union players also earned starts for the Warriors.
It was a good start for the Warriors as they turned up some good defence to force Featherstone into touch early on. From the scrum, Wigan struck first after some good build up play allowed Becky Greenfield to run through, before looping a pass out to the wing for Kate McMullan to crash over.
It was end to end for the next twenty minutes as Featherstone turned up some good attack, but Wigan held firm forcing some errors and putting in some big hits to keep their opponents out. Wigan went over for their second in the 26th minute as Becky Greenfield put in a nice pass to Vanessa Temple to go in at the corner, the conversion making it 10-0.
Just five minutes later and Temple was in again, Sarah Harrison breaking the line and offloading to the number 24 who raced away to crash under the sticks. The final act of the first half was a great show and go from Sarah Harrison, fooling her marker to go clear underneath the uprights.
Four minutes into the second half, Becky Greenfield went over, much to the delight of the crowd. The fullback latching onto a short pass from Sarah Harrison.
Rachel Thompson extended the Wigan lead in the 50th minute, finding her way through a gap before racing for the sticks to make it 32-0 in Wigan’s favour.
Featherstone looked for a response as they launched a kick to the corner, but good pressure from the Wigan defence saw the ball spilled and into touch.
Thompson was in again in the 64th minute, as she collected a kick through from skipper Gemma Walsh before adding the pace and making it 38-0 Wigan.
Georgia Wilson then got herself a double, her first effort coming from a nice step inside to evade the defence, the second coming off the back of some great build up play from Rebecca Greenfield.
With the score at 48-0, Wigan were awarded a penalty 20 metres from the goal line after not releasing quickly enough, the call from the coaches was to take the two and Michelle Davis was on target to take Wigan further in front.
Sarah Harrison wrapped up proceedings as she pushed for the corner, managing to get over despite a lot of pressure from the Featherstone defenders.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors Women 54-0 Featherstone Rovers Ladies
Wigan Warriors Women – 54
Tries: Kate McMullan, Vanessa Temple (2), Sarah Harrison (2), Becky Greenfield, Rachel Thompson (2), Georgia Wilson (2)
Goals: Michelle Davis 7/11
Featherstone Rovers Ladies – 0
Wigan Warriors Women: 1. Rebecca Greenfield, 18. Kate McMullan, 4. Georgia Wilson, 24. Vanessa Temple, 5. Michelle Davis, 6. Gemma Walsh, 7. Sarah Harrison, 11. Armani Sharrocks, 16. Emma Dwyer, 10. Joanie Aspin, 15. Gemma Hennessey, 12. Holly Speakman, 3. Rachel Thompson
Interchange: 14. Freya Hellin, 20. Alison Burrows, 23. Lucy Baggaley, 13. Katie Coen
Featherstone Rovers Ladies: 1. Chelsea Senior, 2. Ros Lloyd, 3. Beth Daniels, 4. Sarah Bamford, 5. Kayleigh Bulman, 6. Hannah Bairstow, 7. Jade Hey, 8. Brogan Churm, 9. Steph Gronham, 10. Jas Bell, 11. Leigh Powell, 12. Nat Harrowell, 13. Andrea Dobson
Interchange: 14. Maitland Firth, 15. Rachel Burke, 16. Katie Singer, 17. Amy Tompouton