Wigan reluctantly surrendered the last unbeaten record in Super League as Warrington consolidated their position on top of the table. It was a game that went a long way towards confirming that these two sides will be jostling each other all season, but it was the Wolves who had the cutting edge on the night.
They struck first. Helped upfield by a penalty for Andy Coley's high tackle on Richie Myler, the Wolves used that position to work an overlap for Matty Blythe to score.
Midway through the half, however, Brett Finch made his mark. Kicking for the base of the posts, he got the perfect bounce to allow him to dive over. Wolves took the half-time lead when they struck swiftly down the right, with Blythe this time supplying Joel Monaghan. Warrington got their third try when Briers' kick got away from Charnley for Monaghan to pounce for his second.
It was fitting, though, that a game full of interceptions should be sealed by Myler picking off Sean O'Loughlin's pass to go 60 metres to a packed and jubilant Warrington end.
Wigan coach Michael Maguire called it "a tough old night for the boys". "They put us off our game," he said, "but we'll learn from that."
Wigan Tomkins; Goulding, Marsh, Carmont, Charnley; Finch, Leuluai; Coley, McIlorum, Prescott, Hansen, Hoffman, O'Loughlin. Substitutes used Lima, Roberts, Mossop, Tuson.
Warrington Hodgson; Evans, Bridge, Blythe, J Monaghan; Briers, Myler; Morley, M Monaghan, Carvell, Grix, Westwood, Harrison. Substitutes used Higham, Solomona, Wood, Clarke.
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