Leeds Rhinos remain rooted to the bottom of First Utility Super League following a 40-8 defeat to Wigan Warriors in the final match of day one of the Magic Weekend at St James' Park.
The Champions suffered their 12th defeat in 15 games this season against a Warriors outfit that moved level on 20 points with joint-leaders Warrington Wolves, Catalans Dragons and Hull FC.
Leeds opened the scoring in the seventh minute, Kallum Watkins brushing off several tackles to go over, but Wigan responded to take a 12-4 half-time lead.
Willie Isa scored twice in eight minutes, his first tries for the club, either side of referee Robert Hicks suffering a calf injury and making way for touch judge Joe Cobb.
Wigan ran riot during 10 second-half minutes, scoring three tries, with George Williams stepping Zak Hardaker to cross, Dom Manfredi scoring after collecting a high kick and Ben Flower crashing over.
Although Hardaker was sin-binned, Leeds registered their second unconverted try when Mitch Achurch raced through the Wigan defence in the 64th minute.
But Oliver Gildart and Dan Sarginson both crossed in the final five minutes for Wigan, who lost skipper Sean O'Loughlin to injury in the first half.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: "I thought we played well for 40 minutes. We started well in both halves and were ruthless but then we got a bit bored and went away from it.
"But after losing Lockers so early, I'm very happy with that performance. Our defence was superb."
Wane added: "I have to say there is loads of spirit in the Leeds team, there is no question about that. They have a competitive coach and competitive players."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "It was a tough way to lose, a tough scoreline. Obviously the crucial part was just after half-time but before then the game was a contest.
"I thought we gave it absolutely everything. We kept on having a crack, probably over-played a bit.
"There was another chunk of effort this week. We're clearly hamstrung with players missing and what's gone on in pre-season and you get to the stage when things don't go your way.
"But quietly there are some positives. I think there is something special to be done for us at the end of the year.
"Your objectives shift as weeks go by and you keep losing games. I don't think I'm giving up on the Grand Final - I know numerically we might just be out of touch at the moment.
"But there is something there to work with, something good for the future. These young fellas are learning some lessons."