Wigan edge Wolves in wet conditions
In a Nutshell
The conditions played a key role in disrupting the handling of both sides, but Wigan made fewer errors than Warrington and held on to win 12-4 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
How it Unfolded
Wigan took an early six-point lead when a superb break by Joe Burgess was supported by Liam Farrell, who touched down for a try goaled by Matty Smith.
Wigan were dominating the first half, and had a second try disallowed when John Bateman didn’t manage to get the ball down over the line.
Smith then converted a penalty late in the first half to give the Warriors an eight point lead at half-time, with the Wolves perhaps fortunate still to be in the game.
Wigan moved further ahead after 50 minutes when Blake Green supported a Farrell break through a weak tackle by Simon Grix, although Smith missed a fairly simple conversion.
The Wolves suddenly were back in the game ten minutes later, however, when winger Gene Ormsby intercepted a Matty Bowen pass and raced away to score, although Stefan Ratchford missed a relatively easy conversion attempt.
But Warrington couldn’t get back on terms in the final 20 minutes, and the Warrington supporters in the crowd of 11,550 will have gone home very disappointed.
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