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  1. I like that.

    That's enough grumping on this for mine. There were the usual taps and over zealous behaviour on both sides. Joel is becoming a stroppy liability imho, but I would defend him to the hilt against any opposition fans suggesting that. Morley is dirty but clever about it these days and makes the most of his "icon" status. I watched Hanley plaey for Wigan for a number of years and wasn't complaining then.

    For mine, the game highlighted the reality with Wigan. We have individual gaps which collective endeavour can usually but not always compensate for, and so our one chance of winning something is the Minor Premiership. Next year's recruitment looks completely on the mark to me in that respect.

    For the Wire, I genuinely wonder whether putting so much into this game will best serve their interests. To win their next 7 games will be a very tall order. If they do so they deserve to be ranked with the great teams in TGG. Intriguing times.

  2. I always think that the key point with signings is whether they give you more than you have. Finch for Deacon, Lima for Feca and Hoffman for Bailey sounds good to me.

    Wigan have a pretty strong team this year, top of the league indeed, but we lack a good organising 7 to supplement our Sam, and need some big lads in the pack. This gives us both of those in spades. Plus they know MM's ways. I would be pretty surprised if MM signed a duff player from Melbourne and am even prepared to trust his judgement over pretty much every poster on here, without being harsh.

    With so much salary cap freed up the next challenge is to find another strike/utility back and then we're very good to go.

    Roberts

    Goulding

    Gleeson

    Carmont

    Richards

    Sam

    Finch

    Lima

    Mc

    Coley

    Hoffman

    Joel

    Lockers...

    Not too shabby that with Fielden, Prescott, Mossop, Davies, Hock, Farrell and Tuson as forward cover.

    The best time to follow any club is when they are on the rise. Wigan are certainly that. It's 1984 all over again.

  3. Me?

    I'm not one-eyed, I wasn't fussed who's going to win*. I've bigger RL based problems closer to home. I'll concede slow-motion and wet weather made it look worse, but it was still late.

    I've made comment on the late challenges, and Carvell's hit on Tomkins IMO would've been binned if not for being 2 minutes into the game, this is wrong, but it happened.

    *and this 'everyone hates Wigan' self-defence excuse is boring.

    You're not one-eyed at all. It was the bell end who started the thread. I should have quoted him. Soz.

  4. And every kick? Have a look through the "challenges" after Wigan's kicks and come back to us.

    This one eyed hysteria takes the biscuit doesn't it? At full speed it wasn't clear he had grounded the ball, as he slid over with it above him so Joel was right to try to challenge. He's a big lad sliding at speed.

    Glass houses doesn't come close.

  5. wow - enthralling game, ridiculous amount of Wire mistakes in the first 20 minutes add in some poor discipline and it felt like it was going to be one of those nights - expectation high, performance lacking. One or two Wire players will need to question some of their actions and decisions. However, generally the defence was awesome and made Wigan look short on ideas. Some fantastic, legal, hits on both sides. Wigan's mistake rate caught up later.

    Hicks on end of very well worked try, Riley so determined to catch Richards deserved a bit more luck for all that effort and what a defence splitting pass from Riley for Westwood try. Briers and those kicks for Myler caused chaos.

    Game 1 of a big month out the way. I think unlikely that Wigan will lose top place but as I was reminded last night Wigan have trips to Hull and Leeds to come ... so maybe not quite over yet

    Well done Wire and the massed ranks for fantastic support! Now the Wire!

    Despite being short of ideas Wigan came pretty close to victory last night. An attacking scrum after the Farrell video ref decision and Carmont tip toeing in field and you're weeping into your Tetley's. the better team won but it looked close from my seat. I appreciate that massed ranks is to do with density rather than numbers, but it was a shame to see so many empty seats in the Wire end.

    The last 3 teams that have beaten Wigan have stuttered in the weeks afterwards. If Wire can sustain that form for the next 7 games then they will be a better team than they have shown yet. If though they lose one more league game and one Cup game in that time you can re-watc the video all you like and it won't have made any difference. That is some challenge, especially for a team that looks to players far closer the end than the beginning of their careers for inspiration.

    You see in football teams heading for trebles end up falling short on all fronts.

    If they can win all their next 7 games then Wire will be some team. I wouldn't bet on it though.

  6. wow - enthralling game, ridiculous amount of Wire mistakes in the first 20 minutes add in some poor discipline and it felt like it was going to be one of those nights - expectation high, performance lacking. One or two Wire players will need to question some of their actions and decisions. However, generally the defence was awesome and made Wigan look short on ideas. Some fantastic, legal, hits on both sides. Wigan's mistake rate caught up later.

    Hicks on end of very well worked try, Riley so determined to catch Richards deserved a bit more luck for all that effort and what a defence splitting pass from Riley for Westwood try. Briers and those kicks for Myler caused chaos.

    Game 1 of a big month out the way. I think unlikely that Wigan will lose top place but as I was reminded last night Wigan have trips to Hull and Leeds to come ... so maybe not quite over yet

    Well done Wire and the massed ranks for fantastic support! Now the Wire!

    Despite being short of ideas Wigan came pretty close to victory last night. An attacking scrum after the Farrell video ref decision and Carmont tip toeing in field and you're weeping into your Tetley's. the better team won but it looked close from my seat. I appreciate that massed ranks is to do with density rather than numbers, but it was a shame to see so many empty seats in the Wire end.

    The last 3 teams that have beaten Wigan have stuttered in the weeks afterwards. If Wire can sustain that form for the next 7 games then they will be a better team than they have shown yet. If though they lose one more league game and one Cup game in that time you can re-watc the video all you like and it won't have made any difference. That is some challenge, especially for a team that looks to players far closer the end than the beginning of their careers for inspiration.

    You see in football teams heading for trebles end up falling short on all fronts.

    If they can win all their next 7 games then Wire will be some team. I wouldn't bet on it though.

  7. Thought I would nip in before the Wire taunts start to say that that was a very good and well deserved victory. The front row was dominant and Monaghan and Briers kicked superbly. The better side clearly won.

    For Wigan, the 2 areas that we have needed to fix - controlling 7 and enforcer prop - remain the achilles heel. If the weather stays good for the next few weeks (and the play offs are early, so an Indian summer would help), we could get by with what we've got. I like the look of Farrell and Tuson, they have really come on this year. Lockers and Amos, our 2 early season stars, look like they are still coming back. We need them to get back on form. So reassuring still to be top. Not throwing myself off the pier just yet.

  8. It was pretty wet on Good Friday. We have some excellent forwards. Our front row isn't as strong as it might be but our back rowers are fantastic.

    I could see us winning but would be neither surprised or devastated if we lose. It is good we are going to have such a huge crowd. At this rate we could be the best supported club in the league.

  9. Wigan are one of the best when it comes to playing our own - Wiganers and home grown talent - but remain one of the worst in terms of overseas players, with 7 who have played for us this year (though I like to think of Richards as a special case given his Ireland appearances). While Feca, Phelps and Bailey have rightly been consigned to the reserves, I suspect we will pick up overseas replacements for them and Piggy. At least other SL clubs have no fear of us signing their players...

  10. A few things on Wigan's position:

    1 - players out are likely to be Phelps, Feca, Bailey, Pryce, Piggy, Deacon and possibly Carmont;

    2 - Fielden will be on a lot less money;

    3 - so, if Wigan sign Lima, Finch and Hoffman (and possibly Quinn), with Hock to come back later in the year they will have fewer overseas players but much better quality ones;

    4 - we already have a lot of home grown players, who have indeed forced Bailey, Phelps and Feca into the reserves. We have plenty more where coming through;

    5 - Wigan have a long way to go before they can be considered the best team in SL. We may be top of the league, but we are out of the Cup and have not won a semi in 5 attempts. So, even if we become stronger, that may well only bring us up to Leeds and Saints level.

    In short, we may well get the best of the Storm's released players, as we have the money (through over spending on Fielden and Feca for example) and the connections. It might make us the strongest team, but might not, and that is certainly far from a foregone conclusion. We are demonstrably heavily reliant on our own player production and show no sign of stopping there.

  11. Wigan are playing very well. We are fast and fit. We can certainly win this. What interests me here is how Wire approach it. They could put everything into this, as I think they will have to to win, but can they then back it up at Catalans away, Saints and then Catalans again, especially now the real Catalans are reasserting themselves? Seems a risky strategy to me, as if they lose the last 2 of that sequence they could slip out of the top 2 and would be out of the Cup.

    Even if Wigan lose, I think we are good enough to win 4 out of the last 5 games. If we finish top on points difference that would be just like old times.

  12. I am sure Garry can stand up for himself, but given the general tone of many of his articles, which seem to this reader at least 1) excessively harp back to his own career as if he were a footballing genius and 2) stick the boot into expansion teams at every opportunity, the thrust if not the tone is justified. Goulding's appointment to the position of France was equally eye catching.

    Having laughed at how odd it seems for him to be coaching an emerging nation, I hope he gives it a good go and is a great success. If he then grows to appreciate that emerging parts of the league world need a disproportionate amount of help that would be no bad thing.

  13. Should be a fascinating 4 weeks for Wire - Wigan, Cats away, Saints and Cats - esp with Cats getting their act together with a vengeance now they have their key players back. I would have thought that if they are serious about wanting to finish 2nd and get to the semi they should aim to produce their best performances back to back for the last 2 of those games. Being involved in an epic at Wigan could leave them suffering in the weeks ahead to no useful prupose if Wigan keep doing what they've been doing and secure first spot whatever the result.

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