Wigan claim first win of the season with a 34-16 victory over Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium
Joe Bullock scores on home debut as Adrian Lam gets his first competitive win as coach
- The Warriors entered half time ten points ahead, with tries from Williams and Farrell after the break securing victory.
Adrian Lam celebrated his first competitive win as Wigan coach as he watched his side beat Leeds Rhinos 34-16 at the DW Stadium.
Four tries in the first half, including Joe Bullock’s first for the club, was enough for Lam’s side to claim victory in their first home game of the season.
It was Leeds who got off to a better start as they were gifted an early lead thanks to a mistake; with Tom Davies dropping a Richard Meyler kick and gifting Ashley Handley with an easy try after only two minutes.
The Warriors quickly bounced back, with Dan Sarginson getting on the end of George Williams lofted kick to find a gap in the Rhinos defence, making the score 6-6 after only seven minutes with both sides converting successfully.
Leeds retook the lead soon after, Brett Ferres finishing off an excellent bit of play from his team mates in the 15th minute.
Despite that Wigan were quickly able to respond once again, with Flower diving onto the ball from Leuluai in the 21st minute. Unfortunately, Hardaker missed the conversion, leaving his side still trailing by two.
That soon changed six minute later, as Williams assisting again as Greenwood jumped onto the end of his kick. This time Hardaker made no mistake with adding the extras to leave his side ahead 16-12.
The lead would soon be extended further, as Joe Bullock powered his way through the Rhinos defence to score on his home debut in the 31st minute.
Towards the end of the half, Leeds began to reapply pressure on the Wigan defence, but the Warriors remained strong and went into the break 22-12 ahead.
It was a while before the first try of the second half came, with both teams mounting attacks but unable to find a way through.
In fact, the first point of the half came from a kick from Zak Hardaker after Leeds gave away a penalty, making up for the conversion missed in the first half, giving Wigan a 12-point lead.
Wigan thought they had claimed the first try of the half, but Tom Davies was denied what would’ve been a lucky try with the video ref deeming their to be a knock on in the build-up.
It wasn’t long after that Wigan finally did get their fifth try of the match, with George Williams holding off the Rhino’s defence to make the score 28-12 in the 68th minute.
Leeds were quick to respond, with their captain Kallum Watkins going over in the corner to close the gap to 28-16 heading into the final ten minutes.
With three minutes remaining Wigan added another try to put victory beyond any doubt, as Liam Farrell went over to give the Warriors a 34-16 win.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Tom Davies, Oliver Gildart, Dan Sarginson, Liam Marshall, George Williams, Thomas Leuluai, Tony Clubb, Sam Powell, Ben Flower, Joe Greenwood, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchanges: Romain Navarrete, Willie Isa, Gabriel Hamlin, Joe Bullock.
Tries: Sarginson (7th minute), Flower (21st minute), Greenwood (27th minute), Bullock (31st minute), Williams (68th minute), Farrell (77th minute). Conversions: Hardaker (4/6) Penalties: Hardaker (1/1)
Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, Thomas Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Konileti Hurrell, Ashley Handley Tu’Imoala Lolohea, Richard Meyler, Nathaniel Peteru, Bradley Dwyer, Trent Merrin, Brett Ferres, Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward. Interchanges: Matt Parcell, James Donaldson, Adam Cuthbertson, Mikolaj Oledzki.
Tries: Handley (2nd minute), Ferres (15th minute), Watkins (70th minute) Conversions: Lolohea (2/3)
Ref: Rob Hicks
TJ: Tom Grant
TJ: Chris Kendall VR: Ben Thaler