2018 in pictures

Win in Wollongong

After the opening league win at Salford in February, the Warriors headed Down Under to face Hull FC in the first Super League game to be played outside of Europe.

Liam Marshall scored two first half tries as Wigan beat the Black and Whites 24-10 at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong and lifted the Kenny Stirling Shield.

Super Sam

Wigan picked up a first win at Leeds in over six years in April as a Sam Tomkins drop-goal proved the difference in a dramatic 8-9 victory.

An Oliver Gildart try on the 71st minute, a Tomkins conversion and then a penalty goal five minutes from time made it all square at 8-8 but the full back stepped up in the 78th minute to slot home a one pointer. The ecstatic scenes on the pitch ascended to the travelling fans at full time.

Tautai’s Try

Wigan’s inability to not give in was highlighted in the win at Widnes at the end of April as a Taulima Tautai try secured a 24-32 triumph.

The Cherry and Whites scored three tries in six minutes, as Joe Burgess, Morgan Escare and Willie Isa all went over before Ryan Sutton and then Tautai 90 seconds from time crossed to seal the dramatic two points.

Over the moon in the Toon

Shaun Wane’s side emphasised their champion credentials in May with a comfortable 38-10 win against Warrington at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Wigan ended Wire’s 10-match winning run and extended their own to eight games as four Sam Tomkins goals and tries from John Bateman, George Williams, Liam Marshall and Tom Davies wrapped up a convincing victory.

Marshy Magic

The Warriors went to Hull after three matches without a win but Liam Marshall’s last gasp try halted the losing streak.

After a Dan Sarginson effort and a Sam Tomkins penalty, the score was level at 10-10. In the dying stages, Wigan secured the points in dramatic fashion as a Tomkins drop-goal attempt rattled the bar, the rebound was recycled by Sean O’Loughlin who then found Marshall on the wing who dived over in the corner.

Woodsy to the rescue

Josh Woods, a product from the Academy, made his first real mark on the first team as he earned his side two points against Warrington in July. With the scores level at 12-12 after a Tom Davies try and a first ever Wigan touch down for Liam Paisley, someone had to do something special with just seconds remaining of the match.

Up stepped halfback youngster Woods in the 80th minute as he pinned a one pointer to perfection from 30 metres out to send the DW Stadium wild.

Party Poopers

At the end of August, Wigan spoiled St Helens’ League Leaders celebrations as a Dan Sarginson double got his side off to the perfect start. Tom Davies and Sean O’Loughlin also crossed over either side of the Try of the Year from Oliver Gildart, as voted for at the End of Season Awards.

The centre burst down the left side to out-step Ben Barba twice and score in front of the ecstatic Cherry and White supporters. This was Wane’s final contest as Wigan Head Coach against the Saints and overall, he had a positive win/loss ratio, winning 11 out of 21.

A Dream Return

‘Inspirational’ probably best describes Dom Manfredi and his return to action after a tough two years out, both physically and mentally. The winger made his first team comeback against Warrington in September, scoring two tries in three minutes to seal the win.

In a game that lacked little quality in attack, Gildart made a break down the right and in support was Manfredi who stormed through the Wolves defence to score. The noise of the DW electrified Wigan to get another soon after as Dom got a brace with a brilliant solo effort.

Defiant Defence

Shaun Wane’s dream finish was still alive as Wigan secured a Grand Final spot with a 14-0 win against Castleford in October.

A dogged, determined and dominant defence by the Warriors was added by a Tommy Leuluai try and a Sam Tomkins masterclass. The fullback got on the scoresheet and converted two penalty goals and two drop-goals to send the Warriors to Old Trafford.

The fairy-tale ending

In what was a repeat of the 2013 and 2016 Super League Grand Final, Shaun Wane’s side came out on top again.

Wigan’s winning run was extended to 10 games, as another two tries for Dom Manfredi and one from Tom Davies confirmed the Warriors’ fifth Grand Final trophy and sent the departing players, Joh Bateman, Ryan Sutton and Sam Tomkins and the Head Coach out on the biggest high possible.

The victory also completed an unprecedented treble for the Club in 2018 as the Under-19s and Women’s team won their Grand Final’s too.

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