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Wigan Warriors 32-16 Widnes Vikings

Friday 2nd March 2018
KO: 20:00 - Round: 4

32-16 FT

HT: 4 16

Official: R Hicks

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Joe Burgess, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Farrell, Ryan Sutton,

  • Goals
    Sam Tomkins (3), Morgan Escare,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Stefan Marsh, Matt Whitley,

  • Goals
    Tom Gilmore (4),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors produced a stunning second-half display as they came from 16 points behind to beat Widnes Vikings 32-16.

Tries from Matt Whitley and Stefan Marsh and four goals from Tom Gilmore put the visitors 16-0 up after 27 minutes, with Joe Burgess' try Wigan's sole score in the first half.

But the Warriors ran in five unanswered tries after the break as they recorded a third win from four Betfred Super League games, with Sam Tomkins adding three goals and Morgan Escare kicking another.

Tries from Ryan Sutton and Thomas Leuluai pulled the hosts to within two points and they took the lead for the first time when Liam Farrell ran the perfect line to go over.

With six minutes left Tomkins raced 60 metres to score and Tom Davies added a try in the closing stages as Wigan overturned a 16-point deficit to win by the same margin.

The comeback earned Wigan's players praise from coach Shaun Wane.

He said: "We did some defending in the early part of the first-half and the next minute we are 16-0 down. For the players to come out of that hole was really impressive.

“The message at half-time seemed to sink in and they managed to turn it around. They went back out in the second half and did what we have been practising, they fixed it and performed really well.

“Tommy (Leuluai) was very ill throughout the week, he has hardly trained. So I thought he was outstanding, he’s really toughed it out today. He was touch and go whether he was playing."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "If only they gave points out for different halves. We showed some energy, but we gave Wigan too many chances. You can’t give them that much ball and expect not to run out of energy.

“We worked really hard, but we just ran out of steam. We got bullied in the second half, we got run over the top of and got battered. They taught us a lesson in the second half."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 78: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 73: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 64: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Farrell
  • 59: TRY! scored for Wigan by Thomas Leuluai
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 52: TRY! scored for Wigan by Ryan Sutton
  • 39: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 27: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 6: TRY! scored for Widnes by Matt Whitley
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • Key Performers

    Tom Davies

    Metres 220
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 3

    Liam Farrell

    Metres 156
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 6
    Widnes Vikings 2

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 4
    Widnes Vikings 4

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1380
    Widnes Vikings 978

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 201
    Widnes Vikings 152

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 331
    Widnes Vikings 372

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 10
    Widnes Vikings 2

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 7
    Widnes Vikings 10

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 6
    Widnes Vikings 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Sutton 1 0 26 4 1 1 0 12 76 6.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Farrell 1 0 32 9 1 2 0 18 156 8.67 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Thomas Leuluai 1 0 33 7 0 2 0 4 22 5.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Burgess 1 0 8 1 0 7 0 11 106 9.64 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Davies 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 24 220 9.17 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Tomkins 1 0 10 0 1 4 4 10 107 10.70 1 0 3 0 3 2 1 1
    Morgan Escare 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 8 35 4.38 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
    William Isa 0 0 15 3 0 1 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 13 2 1 1 0 7 36 5.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 27 3 2 0 0 13 62 4.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Joel Tomkins 0 0 36 6 2 0 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 28 4 0 0 0 5 31 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Clubb 0 0 18 3 1 2 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 1 32 6 2 0 6 12 41 3.42 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
    George Williams 0 2 23 3 1 4 5 18 95 5.28 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 17 1 0 0 0 12 79 6.58 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    John Bateman 0 1 8 0 1 7 0 20 142 7.10 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Stefan Marsh 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 11 84 7.64 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 1 0 36 2 4 0 0 11 78 7.09 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Tom Gilmore 0 1 22 4 5 0 4 6 40 6.67 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 2
    Joe Mellor 0 1 18 2 1 2 2 10 57 5.70 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Charly Runciman 0 0 12 0 2 0 0 15 41 2.73 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Craven 0 0 20 3 3 0 2 6 53 8.83 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 0 8 0 2 0 0 6 53 8.83 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 9 41 4.56 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 24 4 2 0 0 6 47 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 28 5 1 1 0 4 42 10.50 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 21 3 3 0 0 10 69 6.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Wilde 0 0 44 7 1 3 0 14 98 7.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Olbison 0 0 34 3 5 1 0 17 105 6.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Walker 0 0 15 2 4 1 0 3 22 7.33 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ted Chapelhow 0 0 33 6 2 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 41 9 1 1 0 14 98 7.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 11 1 1 0 0 4 15 3.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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