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Wigan 26-38 Harlequins

Wigan (24) 26
Tries: Farrell 2, Phelps, Tomkins Goals: Richards 5

Harlequins (6) 38
Tries: Howell, Dorn 2, Sharp, Purdham, Randall Goals: Orr 7


Chad Randall
Chad Randall scored the last of Harlequins' six tries

Rock-bottom Harlequins staged a stunning second-half fightback to shock Super League leaders Wigan.

A Warriors win looked certain when they led 24-6 at the break after Liam Farrell (2), Cameron Phelps and Joel Tomkins replied to David Howell's try.

But Luke Dorn went over twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half to move Quins to within six points.

Pat Richards kicked a penalty for Wigan but Will Sharp, Robert Purdham and Chad Randall sealed victory for Quins.

Harlequins arrived at the DW Stadium having won just one of their opening 10 games, compared to Wigan's 10 wins in 11 outings.

But, despite Quins beating Wakefield 23-16 in the Challenge Cup last weekend, there seemed little chance of the formbook being turned on its head as the Warriors opened up a commanding half-time lead.

Super League XV's biggest crowd of the season so far was silenced early on when Sharp palmed Danny Orr's high kick to Howell for the game's opening score.

Yet Wigan, who were without seven regulars, hit back emphatically with two tries in four minutes through 17-year-old Farrell, making his first start, and Phelps.

Sean O'Loughlin created an overlap for Tomkins to run in number three before Farrell capitalised on confusion in the visiting defence.

But Quins mustered an instant response at the start of the second half as Dorn, playing as a makeshift full-back after Ben Jones-Bishop sustained a head injury, twice sliced through the home defence.

Richards' penalty gave Wigan a two-score cushion but Brian McDermott's side were not to be denied, hitting back when Orr's kick ahead was collected by Sharp.

Winger Kevin Penny then broke down the middle to set up the position for Purdham to put Quins in front for a second time, leaving hooker Randall to skip over to cap a memorable night.


Wigan coach Michael Maguire:
"There was some chopping and changing but, at the end of the day, we expect the players coming in to do a job.

"It's very disappointing. We've been working very hard at our defence but tonight it definitely let us down. We've definitely got to be better than that.

"It could be attitude or concentration. There were periods tonight when we switched off and the opposition came back and got us.

"I knew they were going to turn up and play very well because they've turned the corner and credit to them. They played very well. Unfortunately, we didn't turn up in that second half and do the job that we can do."

Harlequins coach Brian McDermott:
"I'm very, very proud. We were up against it tonight. Chris Melling was knocked out for a big period of the first half and Ben Jones-Bishop is in hospital with a head injury.

"We're not sure what happened. He either got a stud in the head or he collided. He's got an indentation in the middle of his skull that you can put your finger inside.

"He's not feeling great. It's a bit of a concern and our thoughts are with Ben.

"So not only did we play a very physical Wigan team but we had some blokes missing as well.

"We weren't great in the first half. While we challenged Wigan in some areas our poor discipline allowed them to get out of their area too easily."


Wigan: Phelps, Ainscough, Bailey, Carmont, Richards, S. O'Loughlin, S Tomkins, Fielden, Riddell, Prescott, Farrell, J Tomkins, Mossop.
Replacements: McIlorum, O'Carroll, Paleaaesina, Walker.

Harlequins RL: Jones-Bishop, Penny, Clubb, Howell, Sharp, Dorn, Randall, Ward, Orr, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Williamson, Purdham, Melling.
Replacements: Gale, Temata, Wilkes, Bryan.

Att: 18,605.

Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington).



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