Ryan Atkins scored his 174th Betfred Super League try to help Warrington Wolves inflict a first defeat of the season on Wigan Warriors.
Atkins’ 55th-minute touchdown took him ahead of former Great Britain stand-off Leon Pryce into fifth place in the list of Super League’s all-time tryscorers and clinched a thoroughly deserved 16-10 victory.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane insisted pre-match that he would not be using jet lag as an excuse for a defeat but his side lacked sparkle four days after arriving back from their two-week trip to New South Wales.
Full Time— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) February 23, 2018
Wire 16-10 Wigan
It's a Wire win over their rivals. Thanks for your support as always tonight pic.twitter.com/I3pPv2aA4T
Warrington, who handed debuts to winger Mitch Brown and forward Sitaleki Akauola, took an early lead with a penalty from Bryson Goodwin and he added the extras when Tom Lineham took Ben Currie’s cut-out pass to touch down in the left corner as the Wolves went into the break 8-0 ahead.
The visitors continued to find themselves pushed back and the pressure told when they failed to deal with Kevin Brown’s high kick and Atkins pounced on the loose ball for his side’s second try. Goodwin kicked his second conversion to extend the lead to 16-0 before Wigan eventually broke their duck with winger Liam Marshall’s 62nd-minute try, his ninth in five games against the Wolves.
The visitors added a second try, a barging effort from Clubb, in the last minute and Sam Tomkins’ goal rounded off the scoring.
Wane said: "I just thought we weren't good enough. They started the game with some energy and finished their sets far better than us, which gave them field position.
"We were trying to come out of our end all the time and it took some juice out of us. We couldn't get out of our own half and our last kick wasn't good enough."
SW: I don't think the loss was anything to do with the Australia trip - we just weren't good enough. I thought 16-10 was a false score, they were better than that. pic.twitter.com/8IKI6VQOM4— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 23, 2018
Warrington coach Steve Price said: "I thought we dominated the game for the 80 minutes. The scoreline wasn't a reflection of the game, especially in that first half.
"With the amount of possession we had, we should have come away with more points. It should have been above 20 or 24 points. But they're a quality football team, they've been a top-four Super League club for a lot of years now and it was good to get a result against them."