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Warrington 16-8 Wigan

Warrington (4) 16
Tries: King, Riley, Monaghan Goals: Bridge (2)

Wigan (6) 8
Tries: Phelps Goals: Richards (2)


Warrington v Wigan

Warrington survived an early battering to secure a fine win over Wigan.

Cameron Phelps scored the opening try before Warrington had touched the ball as Wigan launched an opening blitz.

Warrington's Matt King fumbled one Lee Briers kick into the corner before touching down a second to get his side on the scoresheet before half-time.

Pat Richards' goal extended the lead but after Stuart Fielden was penalised under the posts Chris Riley scored and Michael Monaghan's try sealed the win.

Warrington were shocked by the energy of Wigan's opening salvo and were trailing before they had even touched the ball.

Richards' perfectly judged kick-off bounced once in the in-goal area and then out of play, putting Warrington on the ropes from the opening seconds.

Phelps finally made Wigan's early pressure pay when he got on the end of Sam Tomkins' kick-through, and only the faintest of finger-tip knock-ons by Richards prevented Amos Roberts adding to that score when he got on the end of Thomas Leuluai's high ball.

Having survived the early onslaught, Warrington fought their way back into the match, and should have got on the scoreboard when Briers' towering ball found King in the corner, but he fumbled it.

But the next time that pair linked up, King was not to be denied, leaping superbly above Shaun Ainscough to catch and touch down.

A Richards goal after the restart extended Wigan's lead before Warrington went ahead for the first time, and from that point the home side were in charge.

Fielden was penalised for holding in the tackle under the Wigan posts, and from the resulting penalty Riley burrowed over in the left-hand corner.

Monaghan stretched that lead with as he dummied and twisted his way over the line for Warrington's third try as the home side took command of the game.

The result means Wigan are still waiting for their first win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.


Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"Defensively I thought we were very good on the back of starting a game with six sets on your own line. I challenge the average person to tackle for eight minutes. I get tired thinking about it.

"I thought we were the dominant team apart from that first eight minutes.

"The only scary moments I felt we had were from kicks and that's saying something about our defence. Wigan have got some terrific attacking players so it was a big effort and we're pleased to get through that one."

Wigan coach Brian Noble:

"We started the game really well but they were always going to come back at us.

"The effort was good again but we've got to be a whole lot smarter. We've got to be a bit more composed at the right end of the field.

"We didn't get any favours with the calls. I'm very disappointed with the 8-1 penalty count in the second half."


Warrington: Mathers, Riley, Bridge, Grix, King, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Carvell, L. Anderson, Westwood, V Anderson. Replacements: Rauhihi, Higham, Wood, Harrison.

Wigan: Richards, Roberts, Gleeson, Phelps, Ainscough, S Tomkins, Leuluai, Fielden, McIlorum, Coley, Hock, J Tomkins, O'Loughlin. Replacements: Riddell, Paleaaesina, Hansen, Prescott.

Referee: B Thaler (Wakefield)



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see also
Hull 16-18 Warrington
16 May 09 |  Rugby League
Wigan 12-20 Hull KR
15 May 09 |  Rugby League


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