Super League Champions 2018
After a season of ups and downs, we take a look back at Wigan Warriors’ 2019 Betfred Super League campaign.
Adrian Lam took charge of first professional game as Wigan Head Coach, as the Warriors travelled over Billinge Hill to face St Helens in the opening round of the 2019 Betfred Super League.
Wigan were defeated 22-12 by Saints at the end of January.
The Warriors entertained Leeds Rhinos in their first home game of the new season and Lam earned his first win as Head Coach.
Wigan scored six tries, including a first for new signing Joe Bullock, to beat Leeds 34-16 at the DW Stadium.
It was then time for the 2019 World Club Challenge as the Champions of Super League faced the Champions of the NRL.
Wigan Warriors hosted Sydney Roosters for Rugby League’s most prestigious prize.
A huge crowd of 21,331 at the DW Stadium welcomed the teams to the field.
It was the Australians who came away with the victory as the Roosters beat the Warriors 20-8.
After four successive league defeats, Wigan got back to winning ways at the end of March, as George Williams scored a hat-trick to help overcome Salford Red Devils 30-22 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Cherry and Whites made it back-to-back league victories with a thumping 42-0 triumph over Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
Teenage forward Morgan Smithies also made his debut for the Club.
The Good Friday derby with St Helens took place at the DW Stadium this year, as 22,050 fans were in attendance.
The away side went away with the points with a 36-10 win.
Wigan put three consecutive losses behind them, as they responded on Easter Monday against Salford Red Devils.
Zak Hardaker’s dramatic last-minute try saw the Warriors take a 30-26 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Two more wins followed for Wigan before a Coral Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington Wolves. A week later, the Warriors travelled to Barcelona to take part in a historic Betfred Super League fixture with Catalans Dragons.
The 2018 Challenge Cup Winners faced the 2018 Super League Champions at Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou Stadium.
The Warriors were on the wrong side of the result as they lost 33-16 to the Dragons, who came out firing in front of a record Super League attendance of 31,555.
Seven days later, Wigan went head-to-head with Warrington Wolves at the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield, Liverpool.
The Wire ran out 26-14 winners as they lifted the Locker Cup, which was competed for the first time between the sides in 24 years.
The two teams also marked the 30th anniversary of the Great American Challenge of 1989 in Milwaukee, wearing replicas of the original playing kits.
On 9th June, Wigan re-found their winning formula as Sam Powell kicked a 40-metre drop-goal in the 78th-minute to give his side a 19-18 victory over Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park.
The Warriors then travelled to Emerald Headingley Stadium where they produced a professional display to beat Leeds Rhinos 23-14.
Tony Clubb grabbed a late try to seal the win.
Wigan were on the road for the third time in three weeks as they went to Huddersfield Giants and picked up a third straight win.
Six tries from the team and seven goals from Chris Hankinson gave Adrian Lam’s side a 38-22 victory.
The Warriors returned home for the first time in eight weeks, as they dug out a 28-12 win over Salford Red Devils.
Boyhood Wigan fan Ollie Partington scored his first try in front of the South Stand at the DW Stadium.
Two wins and a loss to St Helens in between came before a memorable 15-14 triumph over Hull FC at the start of August.
Zak Hardaker kicked a late drop-goal to give Wigan the win at the KCOM Stadium.
The following Friday, Wigan faced Hull KR and beat Tony Smith’s outfit comfortably 36-18 at the DW Stadium.
New signing Bevan French came off the bench to make his debut for the Club.
Wigan made it four straight league wins with a 20-6 triumph over Warrington Wolves, before beating Wakefield Trinity 24-16 five days later.
A Sam Powell touch down secured the two points for the visitors at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, as the Warriors moved up to second place in the Betfred Super League table.
Under-19s half-back Harry Smith made his Wigan debut one to remember as he scored a try in the 46-12 win over Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
Winger Bevan French also grabbed a hat-trick to help his team stroll to two points.
In the final round of the Betfred Super League season, the Warriors sealed second spot with a 26-8 victory over Castleford Tigers.
Morgan Smithies scored his first try for the Club.
Wigan made it eight consecutive league wins and 13 from 14 with an 18-12 triumph over Salford Red Devils in the Betfred Super League Play-Off Qualifier in late September.
But after two Play-Off Semi-Final defeats to St Helens and Salford Red Devil’s, Wigan’s 2019 season came to an end.
The Warriors missed out on defending their 2018 Betfred Super League crown in what was a disappointing end to the campaign.
The Club would like to thank all of our fans for their outstanding support throughout the 2019 season.
See you all in 2020!