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17th February 2018, 10:38 | Wigan

Wigan edged out by Souths

Wigan edged out by Souths

Wigan Warriors ended their New South Wales tour with an 18-8 defeat by South Sydney Rabbitohs in the second game of the international double-header.

The Warriors were 24-10 winners over Hull FC a week earlier in the first Betfred Super League fixture to be staged outside Europe but they were unable to make it a double in front of an 18,721 crowd at ANZ Stadium.

Just like Leeds Rhinos, who were 38-4 losers to Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge, and Hull, who produced a valiant display in a 24-18 defeat by St George Illawarra Dragons, Wigan scored the opening try but failed to build on a promising start. 

Tom Davies scored his second try to make it 12-8 at the break but the Warriors went scoreless in the second half with a much-changed side.

England prop Tom Burgess scored the first of South Sydney's four tries while twin brother George came off the bench. 

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin hailed his club’s tour a resounding success.

“It’s been a great trip,” O’Loughlin told Australia’s Channel 9. “The main one was last week when we got the two points against Hull and tonight we’ve enjoyed the game.

“We’ve not got the win which we wanted but all the boys – some like me coming to the end of their careers and some experiencing it for the first time – will take a lot from it.

“The young boys weren’t involved in the first game so for them to come here and conduct themselves like they have and grabbed some different experiences in life, that’s what it’s been all about.

“There’s been 26 or 27 boys come here and they all enjoyed it.”

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, who played in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors, believes other Super League clubs will now look to follow his club’s lead.

“It’s been great for us to do,” Tomkins said. “Some people will complain – we’re in rugby league and one thing I’ve learnt is that you can’t keep all of the fans happy.

“Whether it’s the structure of the league, away fixtures, dates of games, days of games, times of games, whatever it is you’re not going to please everyone but the bigger picture is we want Super League to grow and to put us on an international stage like this can only help us.”