Warrington 4 Wigan 12 match report: Liam Farrell foils Wolves as Wigan show their strength
halliwell jones stadium
Thursday 20 March 2014
Super League champions Wigan rediscovered their defensive steel to condemn error-ridden Warrington to a second home defeat in three matches in tonight's Grand Final rematch.
England second-rower Liam Farrell scored one try and sent acting captain Blake Green over for another as the Warriors climbed above Warrington into sixth place.
The Wolves, pre-season title favourites, were hoping to avenge October's 30-16 defeat at Old Trafford but they were never in the hunt in a crunching encounter. Their only try was an interception effort by Gene Ormsby.
Warrington captain Ben Westwood was booed by Wigan fans who remembered the England forward's swinging arm at Old Trafford that broke the jaw of Green.
Wigan opened the scoring after 10 minutes as Joe Burgess took Matty Bowen's pass to race clear before sending Farrell over for the first try.
The Warriors had two tries disallowed in the space of a minute, with video referee Steve Ganson ruling second-rower John Bateman had failed to ground the ball and match referee Phil Bentham bringing back centre Iain Thornley for a forward pass.
The Wolves were only 8-0 down at the interval but they committed a host of handling errors after the break and were punished after 50 minutes when a short pass from Eddy Pettybourne got Farrell charging into space and Green was on hand to score.
Smith's conversion attempt came back off an upright and Wigan's lead was cut to eight points on the hour when Ormsby picked off Bowen's pass, meant for winger Josh Charnley, to sprint 60 metres for an opportunist try.
The introduction of former Wigan full-back Matty Russell allowed Stefan Ratchford to link effectively at half-back with Richie Myler. But the Warriors defence continued to hold firm.
Latest in Sport
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk