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23rd February 2018, 22:11 | super_league
Ryan Atkins scored his 174th Betfred Super League try to help Warrington Wolves inflict a first defeat of the season on Wigan Warriors.
Atkins’ 55th-minute touchdown took him ahead of former Great Britain stand-off Leon Pryce into fifth place in the list of Super League’s all-time tryscorers and clinched a thoroughly deserved 16-10 victory.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane insisted pre-match that he would not be using jet lag as an excuse for a defeat but his side lacked sparkle four days after arriving back from their two-week trip to New South Wales.
Warrington, who handed debuts to winger Mitch Brown and forward Sitaleki Akauola, took an early lead with a penalty from Bryson Goodwin and he added the extras when Tom Lineham took Ben Currie’s cut-out pass to touch down in the left corner as the Wolves went into the break 8-0 ahead.
The visitors continued to find themselves pushed back and the pressure told when they failed to deal with Kevin Brown’s high kick and Atkins pounced on the loose ball for his side’s second try. Goodwin kicked his second conversion to extend the lead to 16-0 before Wigan eventually broke their duck with winger Liam Marshall’s 62nd-minute try, his ninth in five games against the Wolves.
The visitors added a second try, a barging effort from Clubb, in the last minute and Sam Tomkins’ goal rounded off the scoring.