Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Widnes Vikings 32-24 in the Betfred Super League
Warriors run in five second half tries to see off Vikings
- Gildart, Burgess, Escaré, Isa, Sutton and Tautai on the scoresheet for Wigan
Wigan ran in five second half tries to see off Widnes and take another two league points.
The hosts led 18-4 at the break with Tom Olbison, Jay Chapelhow and Ryan Ince all crossing. Oliver Gildart had given Wigan the lead in the 12th minute but that was all the Warriors had to show in the first half.
Three tries inside six second half minutes propelled Wigan into the lead with Joe Burgess (50), Morgan Escaré (53) and Willie Isa (55) on the scoresheet. A penalty goal from Gilmore, soon after, levelled the scores up at 20-20.
Wigan looked the more likely to score next and they did just that as Ryan Sutton crashed over. Ince replied with his second of the night to make it 24-26 but Taulima Tautai made sure of the win as he scored at the death.
Sam Tomkins, Liam Farrell and Ben Flower were all missing for Wigan having not been named in the 19-man squad. John Bateman was also ruled out owing to illness.
Dan Sarginson returned following a back problem whilst Josh Ganson, Gabe Hamlin and Morgan Escaré all earned recalls.
For Widnes, Jimmy Keinhorst made his first appearance since joining on-loan from Leeds whilst former Wigan player, Greg Burke, started in the front row.
In a busy start to the game both teams had their chances but Wigan had the better of the territory and took advantage when a short ball from George Williams put Oliver Gildart over for his fifth try in four games.
Widnes were soon on the scoreboard as Tom Olbison crashed over after Tom Gilmore’s kick to the right edge. The latter converted and the hosts led 6-4 inside 17 minutes.
The penalty count started to creep up for both sides in a game that lacked fluidity. Widnes started to get on top of the Warriors and pegged the Cherry and Whites back on their own line several times.
Two quick-fire tries before the break put Denis Betts’ side in open air as first Jay Chapelhow touched down following a grubber kick into the in-goal.
Tommy Leuluai was then sin binned for blocking the run of Danny Craven and Widnes cashed in just moments later when quick hands down the right allowed Ryan Ince to score in the corner. Gilmore converted both and Widnes were 18-4 ahead going into the break.
HALF TIME: Widnes Vikings 18-4 Wigan Warriors
Wigan managed to hold firm whilst down to 12 men and soon started to motor once Tommy Leuluai returned to the field.
The Warriors scored three tries in six minutes to race into the lead!
Joe Burgess took advantage of an overlap on the left wing to score.
Just moments later Taulima Tautai’s sublime offload allowed Morgan Escaré to take on Rhys Hanbury and the Frenchman left his opposite number for dead.
Former Viking, Willie Isa, then put Wigan ahead as he bundled over following another strong Wigan attack. Sam Powell converting the latter two of the three tries. Wigan 20-18 in front after 55 minutes.
Just before the hour-mark Widnes pulled level as Dan Sarginson’s tackle on Rhys Hanbury was called high by Ben Thaler and Gilmore stepped up to slot the penalty goal over.
Wigan maintained their composure and were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Ryan Sutton barged over.
From the restart, Joe Burgess contested the short kick but fell awkwardly and left the field unable to put any weight on his left knee.
The Warriors had to readjust on the left edge but not before Ince scored his second of the game in the corner. Gilmore was unable to convert it though meaning Shaun Wane’s side held a slender 26-24 lead with just five minutes to go.
Widnes didn’t threaten Wigan again though and the Warriors secured the win in the final moments as Taulima Tautai bulldozed over underneath the posts to complete his and Wigan’s work for the night.
FULL TIME: Widnes Vikings 24–32 Wigan Warriors
Widnes Vikings - 24
Tries: Olbison, Chapelhow, Ince 2
Goals: Gilmore 4/5
Wigan Warriors - 32
Tries: Gildart, Burgess, Escaré, Isa, Sutton, Tautai
Goals: Escaré 0/2, Powell 4/4
Widnes Vikings: 1. Rhys Hanbury, 22. Ryan Ince, 38. Jimmy Keinhorst, 24. Ed Chamberlain, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 7. Tom Gilmore, 15. Danny Craven, 10. Alex Gerrard, 9. Lloyd White, 19. Greg Burke, 12. Matt Whitley, 17. Sam Wilde, 16. Tom Olbison
Interchange: 20. MacGraff Leuluai, 13. Hep Cahill, 25. Jay Chapelhow, 21. Jordan Johnstone
Wigan Warriors: 20. Morgan Escaré, 22. Liam Marshall, 3. Dan Sarginson, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Sam Powell, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Tommy Leuluai, 25. Romain Navarrete, 19.Willie Isa, 15. Ryan Sutton, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 11. Joel Tomkins, 17. Taulima Tautai, 23. Josh Ganson, 30. Gabe Hamlin
Referee: Ben Thaler