Dom Manfredi ended a two-year injury jinx with a double try-scoring return to action as Wigan Warriors ran out 26-6 victory over Warrington Wolves.
The winger had been on the sidelines for 762 days following a serious knee injury sustained at Castleford Tigers in 2016 but he put that behind him to score two late tries to secure the points for the Warriors.
The opening 40 minutes of this game will not feature in many end-of-season highlight reels, but it was Wigan who led 6-0 the break with a try from nothing from Thomas Leuluai.
Warrington managed to level things in the second half with Stefan Ratchford going over, but Wigan proved to have too much as Ryan Sutton crossed and the combination of Sam Tomkins and George Williams added 10 further points with the boot to record their fifth successive win in the Betfred Super League Super 8s.
FULL TIME: Warriors🍒⚪️ 26-6 Wolves🐺— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 14, 2018
WOW! What a last 10 minutes that was from Shaun Wane’s side!💪💥
Two tries from the returning @DomManfredi and one from @ryansuttonn seal Wigan’s fifth win of the #Super8s! pic.twitter.com/vG4k3BKZSG
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane said: "I was so pleased for Dom. What you have to understand is, these players are bred to run and whack people every week. When you get that taken away from you for two years, it’s a long time.
"I can’t imagine where he’s been. He’s had some dark days.
"To see him come back and score was brilliant. He took his tries well. They both needed scoring. They were both Dom Manfredi tries. He carried the ball strong, I’m really happy for him.
"I just remember the dark days when he couldn’t do a thing. He’s in the gym working on his own when the team are going out and stuff. I’ve never been through anything like he has. To come through like he has done, every credit to him."
The Warriors ran in three tries while Tom Lineham was sidelined following his high tackle on Manfredi.
Warrington boss Steve Price said: "When we lost Tom Lineham, that 10-minute mark with 12 to go was a big turning point.
"We couldn’t pull back the big wave and they scored a few quick tries in succession.
"I was really proud of the guys up until the 68th minute. We had a fair few troops missing and it was a good opportunity for some young lads."