Wigan Warriors 6-8 Widnes Vikings

Thursday 1st September 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 4

6-8 FT

HT: 0 8

Attendance: 11,495

Official: P Bentham

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Liam Farrell,

  • Goals
    Jake Shorrocks,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Corey Thompson 2,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Widnes Vikings produced a performance of true grit and determination to pull off a second win of the season at the DW Stadium and dent Wigan Warriors' Grand Final hopes.

The Vikings' 18-12 win in March took them to the top of First Utility Super League and this tense 8-6 triumph was enough to prevent Wigan drawing level with Hull FC at the summit.

Australian winger Corey Thompson scored two tries, first by catching Kevin Brown's kick and wrong-footing Lewis Tierney and then thanks to a spectacular dive, taking his total for his first season in England to 23 - but the match will be remembered for Widnes' stoical defence in the face of a 20-8 penalty count against them.

The Vikings at times looked determined to press the self-destruct button as referee Phil Bentham placed them on three team warnings and sent two players, Jack Buchanan and Connor Farrell, to the sin bin after Liam Farrell had pulled a try back.

Even down to 11 men, however, Widnes' determination never wavered as they somehow hung on for a memorable victory.

Wigan could have shared the points had they gone for a goal from a penalty awarded in front of the posts two minutes from the end but they went for glory and came up short, perhaps deservedly so after lacking creativity for much of the game.

Widnes coach Denis Betts described the win as one of the best of his career.

"To go down to 11 and come out other side of that penalty count, it's pretty high up," said Betts, who spent 12 seasons as a player with Wigan.

"It's hard not to be emotional coming here, the place that made me into what I was as a rugby player, and we've come here and won twice this year.

"I'm not sure if they were still playing, they would score. That shows how fantastic the character in the team is.

"It was a tough game for us, our discipline could have been better but we fought ourselves to a standstill."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane admitted he was tempted to kick for goal at the end, saying: "Yes, we had a discussion. If we score a try, it's the best decision ever, when we don't, it's the wrong one.

"The players are hurting badly. I've told them to get ready and we'll sort it out tomorrow morning.

"I'm very angry and disappointed. We lacked a bit of composure and our game management was off in the final third. 

"Widnes came with a way to play and were allowed to do it, fair play to them. They had nothing to play for but they turned up and played a real good game.

"We had everything to play for but we started the game soft. They were smart in contact and tried to disrupt our attack and they did it successfully.

"When we played the way we planned, we scored through Liam Farrell." 

  • 51: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Farrell
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Jake Shorrocks
  • 29: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 10: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • Key Performers

    John Bateman

    Metres 174
    5 5

    Lewis Tierney

    Metres 185
    5 5

    Dan Sarginson

    Metres 182
    5 5

    Rhys Hanbury

    Metres 200
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 1
    Widnes Vikings 2

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 1
    Widnes Vikings 0

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1461
    Widnes Vikings 1224

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 228
    Widnes Vikings 177

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 374
    Widnes Vikings 414

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 15
    Widnes Vikings 5

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 9
    Widnes Vikings 19

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 5
    Widnes Vikings 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Farrell 1 0 35 7 0 2 0 20 150 7.50 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Bretherton 0 0 13 3 1 0 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 16 3 0 1 0 7 55 7.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 8 44 5.50 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 38 8 2 5 0 17 74 4.35 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    William Isa 0 0 48 9 3 0 0 11 48 4.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    John Bateman 0 0 40 8 0 4 1 22 174 7.91 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 30 7 1 0 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 0 44 8 4 0 0 3 16 5.33 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 24 3 2 0 0 9 52 5.78 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Shorrocks 0 0 21 4 1 1 2 14 45 3.21 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
    George Williams 0 1 15 1 0 2 6 18 84 4.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 4 0 1 6 0 20 185 9.25 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 13 2 1 3 1 22 182 8.27 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Anthony Gelling 0 0 16 1 3 1 1 14 72 5.14 0 6 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Josh Charnley 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 13 101 7.77 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Tomkins 0 0 12 0 2 1 3 16 88 5.50 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Corey Thompson 2 0 12 0 3 3 0 12 83 6.92 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Chris Dean 0 0 30 4 1 0 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 11 1 1 4 1 18 200 11.11 2 8 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 18 1 2 1 0 14 73 5.21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Stefan Marsh 0 0 7 0 0 2 0 11 69 6.27 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 1 30 6 2 0 7 6 41 6.83 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Joe Mellor 0 1 16 3 2 3 2 13 76 5.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Buchanan 0 0 38 4 2 1 0 19 135 7.11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Lloyd White 0 0 39 2 5 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 1
    Greg Burke 0 0 19 0 1 0 0 7 41 5.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 42 3 4 0 0 9 54 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Matt Whitley 0 0 40 5 1 1 0 9 39 4.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 40 8 3 1 0 14 87 6.21 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Gil Dudson 0 0 15 4 1 0 0 7 53 7.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 21 5 1 5 0 12 90 7.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Connor Farrell 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 3 22 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 29 8 0 0 0 7 54 7.71 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties

    TEST