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Harlequins 6-38 Wigan

Harlequins (6) 6
Tries: Pryce Goals: Gale

Wigan (14) 38
Tries: Richards, Hoffman, Hansen, Deacon 2, Marsh, Finch Goals: Richards 5

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins was denied a try of his own when he lost his footing close in

Wigan returned to the top of Super League with victory over Harlequins in which the hosts had three first-half tries disallowed.

Scores by Pat Richards, Ryan Hoffman and Harrison Hansen, with one in reply for Quins from Karl Pryce, gave the visitors a 14-6 first-half advantage.

Two quick tries from Paul Deacon put Wigan firmly in control after the break as they asserted their dominance.

Tries by Stefan Marsh and Brett Finch sealed Harlequins' fate.

Wigan were 10-0 ahead inside 20 minutes after they started in clinical fashion in front of the biggest crowd of the season at The Stoop.

They struck twice inside three minutes, Richards plucking Thomas Leuluai's kick out of the air and grounding with ease before Hoffman dived over from three metres, after good work from Sam Tomkins.

Prior to Wigan's two tries, Quins thought they had taken the lead only for Tony Clubb's effort to be disallowed for obstruction.

But Luke Dorn, who had been errant with early forward passes, produced a fine cut-out to find Pryce out wide who opened Quins' account and Luke Gale's impressive touchline goal brought them back to 10-6.

Then followed two more disallowed tries by the hosts.

Gale appeared to have scored on 30 minutes but it was ruled out for a knock-on and within minutes Rob Purdham broke through but was judged to have dropped the ball in goal.

Sam Tomkins then produced a mesmerising run to put Hansen over and close the half.

The contest, which had been closely fought before the break, was over soon after the restart when Deacon's brace ensured Wigan would be victorious.

Sam Tomkins slipped with the tryline beckoning before the champions started to ease off with the game won.

Harlequins did come back into the game but Marsh's crawl over and Finch's late touchdown killed off any fight left in the hosts.

Harlequins coach Rob Powell:
"I have a bunch of players in the dressing room who feel really hard done by.

"What is the point of having in-goal touch judges if they are to award tries, only to be overruled by someone 50 yards away?

"I have watched both tries on video and they were good scores.

"Against a team like Wigan you can not have much go against you if you want to compete, and things certainly did today."

Wigan coach Michael Maguire:
"It was a tough old day and we made a bit of a meal of it. In the first half we were off the pace and I told them at half-time what needed to be done.

"We had to hang onto the ball and stop giving penalties away. "I was never really worried as I knew what we were capable of doing, but we had to work very hard."


Harlequins: Dorn; Calderwood, Clubb, O'Callaghan, Pryce; Sarginson, Gale; Ward, Ellis, Temata, Purdham, Mitchell, Bailey.

Replacements: Burnett, Wilkes, Krasniqi, Williams.

Wigan: S Tomkins; Charnley, J Tomkins, Marsh, Richards; Finch, Leuluai; Mossop, McIlorum, Coley, Hansen, Hoffman, Tuson.

Replacements: Deacon, Lima, Farrell, Hock.

Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham)

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