12-man Wigan launch stunning comeback to defeat Warrington

The League Leaders’ Shield will be decided on the final day of the season for a second successive year after Wigan came from 28-14 down to defeat Warrington 35-28.

Second-half tries from Ben Currie and Joe Westerman put Tony Smith’s side on the verge of securing their first silverware for five years, after tries from Matty Russell, Kurt Gidley and Chris Hill had put them 16-14 ahead at the break, with Lewis Tierney and Sam Tomkins scoring for Wigan.

It looked like it would be a comfortable evening for Warrington when Wigan were reduced to 12-men after Ben Flower was dismissed for elbowing Declan Patton midway through the second-half.

However, Wigan’s battling abilities came to the fore as they scored 21 points in the final quarter to pick up a superb victory. A quickfire double from Josh Charnley was followed by Tierney’s second, which levelled up the scores.

A Matty Smith drop-goal then put Wigan ahead before Anthony Gelling’s late try ended a memorable contest.

A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.