Sunday, 9 October 2016

Super League Grand Final Review

After a season that will live long in the memories for its excitement and unpredictability, last night saw a fitting finale as Warrington Wolves met Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final. I covered the event as part of my Stadium Travels - Old Trafford.

Wigan Warriors are 2016 Super League Champions after a hard fought 12-6 over Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford ensuring all three trophies were won by different teams this season.

A tight opening few minutes saw a breakthrough come on nine minutes with Wigan awarded a penalty which Matty Smith converted for a 0-2 lead.  Warrington fought back with a self-converted try from Declan Patton to take a 6-2 lead on 21 minutes. The defence of both sides was prominent for the remainder of the first half as they went into the interval separated by just four points.

The Wolves were denied a try from Ryan Atkins after a referral confirmed he had knocked-on over the line and it was a warning that Wigan heeded as they levelled on 56 minutes after a superb move from Liam Farrell found Oliver Gildart who crossed for 6-6. Wigan looked to be on top and proved that as they retook the lead on 64 minutes after a kick through from Dan Sarginson saw Josh Charnley collect to touch down in the corner for 6-10.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, the winner was far from certain but Wigan boosted their hopes with a second penalty goal of the evening from Smith on 75 minutes for 6-12. Warrington battled to cut the gap but superb defence from Wigan kept them out and as the final hooter sounded, the Warriors celebrated their first title since 2013.