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Wigan 38-14 Warrington


Wigan (8) 38
Tries: Carmont, Barrett 2, Colbon, Hock, J Tomkins Goals: Richards 7
Warrington (14) 14
Tries: King, V Anderson, Bracek Goals: Hicks

Wigan v Warrington

Wigan ran in five second-half tries to recover from 14-6 down and overwhelm Super League rivals Warrington.

Gareth Hock and Trent Barrett proved the key figures for the Warriors, with Barrett scoring two tries while Hock scored one and set up two others.

The Wolves were in control in the first half thanks to tries from Matt King, Vinnie Anderson and Andy Bracek.

But Wigan upped their game after the break, with Liam Colbon and Joel Tomkins also crossing in the win.

Warrington had dominated the opening half and were well on course for a fifth consecutive win over their near neighbours before the home side hit back in spectacular fashion.

Although George Carmont gave Wigan an early lead, they committed a string of unforced errors, gifting possession and position to Warrington.

King, Anderson and Bracek all capitalised before a Pat Richards penalty allowed Wigan to cut the gap just before the break.

The Warriors began the second half strongly with three tries in the space of seven minutes as the Wolves defence struggled.

Barrett took an offload from Hock to sidestep over for his first Super League try of the season.

Then Hock, in his 100th Super League match, broke to allow Carmont and Thomas Leuluai to send Colbon over.

Micky Higham set up Barrett to crash over for his second try and Iafeta Paleaaesina set up man-of-the-match Hock before Tomkins sealed the win.

Richards kicked seven goals but there was further worry for Warrington when half-back Michael Monaghan limped off late on.


Warrington coach Paul Cullen:

"The last 30 minutes was a poor effort and we're bitterly disappointed with our discipline and our defence on the back of it.

"To go in with a lead at half-time with a man down was a decent effort and I thought we had weathered the storm.

"But we are bitterly disappointed with the way we caved in in the last 30 minutes.

"It's been a costly defeat but injuries and decisions of the officials have not caused our indiscipline and our weakness in defence.

"We failed to handle Gareth Hock and Iafeta Paleaaeasina and you can't give power athletes that much ball and field position. That proved our downfall."

Wigan coach Brian Noble:

"We were very determined after the embarrassment by Saints and now we need to kick on.

"We knew if we gave ourselves an even share of possession, we would win the game.

"Our front row was immense and Gareth Hock was superb. And Trent Barrett showed how sorely he will be missed at the end of the year."


Wigan: Richards, Calderwood, Bailey, Carmont, Colbon, Barrett, Leuluai, Coley, Higham, Prescott, Hansen, Hock, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Mathers, Fielden, Paleaaesina, J. Tomkins.

Warrington: Hicks, Penny, M. Gleeson, V. Anderson, King, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Rauhihi, L. Anderson, Westwood, Grix.
Replacements: Parker, Harrison, M. Gleeson, Bracek.

Referee: A Klein (London).

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