Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Warriors Cruise To Win Over Broncos

Wigan stretched their lead at the top of the Super League to three points with a dominating display over London on Saturday.

George Williams made his Super League debut at Half Back alongside Sam Powell and they settled in quickly as Wigan got off to a fierce start and opened the scoring in the fourth minute as a high kick from O'Loughlin on the fifth tackle was dropped by Dixon and found Tomkins on the right who put in Charnley for the try and a superb Richards conversion gave Wigan a 0-6 lead.

The lead increased within minutes as Thornley spied a gap on the left side and drew Dorn away to enable Richards to sneak through on the inside and score under the posts and in converting his own try Wigan now led 0-10.

Before a minute had passed, Wigan went in again as Tomkins carved a pass for Richards and he had a 60 second brace but sadly he missed the conversion and Wigan now led 0-14. Tomkins got a rich reward his assists with a truly special try as he broke through the field and sped for the line and with 18 minutes on the clock,Richards converted for a 0-20 lead.

Farrell split the defence with a superb pass and Richards had his hat-trick inside 22 minutes as well as adding a conversion to lead 0-26.

The 30 point mark came as a Gower kick was collected by Tomkins who spread the ball to the right and a Charnley break with Tomkins in tow saw him return the pass and Tomkins hit his second try with Richards converting for 0-32.

The game seemed to be over as a contest just before halfway as Williams made an excellent break as he received the ball 30 metres out and raced clear over the line for his first Super League try and second in the senior team (1st v Leigh in Challenge Cup) and with Richards converting the lead was 0-38.

London were pushed further behind within six minutes of the restart as Flower went over from close range and an easy kick from Richards sent Wigan clear at 0-44 and it seemed a case of when not if they breached the 50 point mark, but then London hit their first try after a quick break from Dorn with Witt converting for 6-44.

The 50 point mark was soon reached as Tomkins sealed his hat-trick just before the hour and Richards' conversion made it 6-50 as Wigan quelled the London fightback. Charnley made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks for Wigan with his second and third as the game ran away from London despite a double miss from Richards with the second coming from a good kick from Williams, collected by Charnley who's hat-trick try put Wigan in firm control at 6-58.

Wigan were not finished there and even had time for Powell to join his Half Back partner 6-64 win back to the North West with a massive following in tow as they sealed a ten game winning streak which will surely be tested at Magic next week against Super League Champions, Leeds.

I predicted a big win of 30 points because the London effort against Bradford last week coupled with the spirited performance they gave Wigan in the reverse fixture made me think they would go down fighting but it just did not show and a 28 point difference from the prediction was the result of a truly poor defence.