**Woods late-show clinches famous win
**Josh Woods kicked a drop goal in the dying seconds of the game to give Wigan the win in a dramatic fashion.
**Depleted Warriors dig-deep to overcome local rivals
A last-gasp Josh Woods drop-goal saw a depleted Wigan Warriors pull-off a memorable 13-12 win over Warrington Wolves in an absorbing Betfred Super League clash at the DW Stadium. Wigan, who played for the majority of the game without Liam Farrell and a stricken Tony Clubb managed to snatch a win with the Woods drop-goal after former Warriors wing Josh Charnley crossed for a trademark finish for Warrington in the 76th minute to level the game.
Josh Woods retained his place in the starting line-up at stand-off for the warriors after impressing in last outing against Leeds Rhinos. Callum Field came back into the Wigan team in place of the suspended Romain Navarrete and took his place on the interchange bench. Warrington registered two significant changes to their team with skipper Chris Hill and international fullback Stefan Ratchford re-entering the starting line-up.
After some brutal early exchanges between the two forward packs, Wigan experienced some early pressure after wing Liam Marshall was unable to field a spiralling Warrington kick five metres from his own try-line. Wigan absorbed the Warrington pressure, and they were the first to cross for a try when Tom Davies rounded opposite wing Tom Lineham to race in to score. It was a well worked Warriors moved, executed with aplomb by the influential Sam Tomkins whose assist in the games first try shouldn’t go unheralded. Tomkins landed the extras.
Warrington quickly responded with a well-worked play of their own down Wigan’s left hand edge, when centre Toby King slid into score his side’s first try, evading the tackle of Oliver Gildart in the process. King’s centre partner Bryson Goodwin was wayward with his conversion attempt.
The game continued at its ferocious intensity. Liam Farrell was Wigan’s first causality, leaving the pitch with what looked to be a shoulder injury and he was followed by stalwart prop forward Tony Clubb, as the collisions from either side showed little signs of abating in the midst of some expansive rugby from both sides. Wigan continued to plug away at the Wire defence, and when young back-rower Liam Paisley ran a smart line down the Wigan left, he crashed onto a short ball to cut through the Wire defenders to score his first try in Warriors colours.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 12–4 Warrington Wolves
The second-half picked up from where the first half finished in the opening stages, with both teams still not giving an inch to one another. Young forwards Gabe Hamlin, Callum Field and Liam Paisley defended manfully and were particularly impressive. Paisley’s thumping tackle on Tyrone Roberts epitomised the spirited action on display from Wigan’s young side.
Despite Wigan’s efforts, it was Warrington who manged to break the defensive deadlock when Tom Lineham latched on to a cut-out ball from former Wigan man Kevin Brown to dart over in the corner. Stefan Ratchford pushed the conversion wide of the posts to leave the score at 12-8 to Wigan. A tense period of play followed, as both sides attempted to wrestle control of field position. On the back of some strong forward play, former DW favourite Josh Charnley was able to collect a short pass from Mitch Brown and muscle his way over in the corner to level the scores. Stefan Ratchford missed the touchline conversion which left the scores level with just minutes remaining.
After Tyrone Roberts pushed a one-pointer wide of the posts, it was Wigan and their promising playmaker Woods who had the last say in a pulsating contest.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 13–12 Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors – 13
Tries: Tom Davies, Liam Paisley
Goals: Sam Tomkins 2/2 Drop Goal: Josh Woods
Warrington Wolves – 12
Tries: Toby King, Tom Lineham, Josh Charnley
Goals: Bryson Goodwin 0/1, Stefan Ratchford 0/2