Match Report

Friday 17th July 2015, 20:00
Super League - Round: 22

Wigan Warriors

(10) 20

Wigan Warriors
VS.

Widnes Vikings

10 (10)

Widnes Vikings

4 Tries

Josh Charnley, Joe Burgess, Ryan Hampshire, Anthony Gelling,

TRIES

Tries 2

Tom Gilmore, Chris Dean,

2 Goals

Matty Smith 2,

GOALS

Goals 1

Tom Gilmore,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 13,194  Official: P Bentham  Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan

Full Time Report

Ryan Hampshire and Anthony Gelling both scored in the last 10 minutes as Wigan Warriors defeated Widnes Vikings 20-10 at the DW Stadium on Friday.

Only a victory was good enough for Denis Betts’ Widnes as they needed to collect maximum points from their last two matches to have a chance of finishing in the top eight of the First Utility Super League.

The Vikings should have gone into the half-time break 10-4 up, after Tom Gilmore and Chris Dean cancelled out a Josh Charnley try, but a lack of concentration from Rhys Hanbury allowed Joe Burgess to grab Wigan’s second and they went in level at 10-10.

It took 31 second-half minutes for the deadlock to be broken again as Widnes’ defensive line was finally breached when Hampshire backed up to score while Gelling’s late try confirmed the win.

Wigan took the lead inside the first 90 seconds with a try from nothing when the ball was spread wide from Sean O’Loughlin and Joel Tomkins to John Bateman who fed Charnley on the wing. He then kicked ahead and Hampshire hacked on before scooping low to re-gather and offload for Charnley to touch down. Matty Smith was unsuccessful with the conversion.

Half breaks from Gil Dudson and Rhys Hanbury put the Vikings deep in Wigan’s half before Gilmore was released and he raced away under the posts before converting his own score for a 6-4 lead.

Joe Mellor and Gilmore were causing Wigan all kinds of problems with ball in hand and it was the latter who set up Widnes’ second try as he put Dean through a massive gap to score after 34 minutes. Gilmore failed to add the extras but they led 10-4.

Just as it looked like the Warriors would go into half-time trailing they pulled another rabbit out of the hat – Gelling’s grubber kick was misjudged by Hanbury and Burgess got a toe to it before picking up the loose ball and racing away to score. Smith converted to level it up at 10-10.

A 40-20 from Danny Craven put the Vikings deep in Wigan’s half and it looked like Patrick Ah Van was going to use all his strength and trample all over Charnley to score in the corner – but the Wigan man held his ground and forced his opposite number into touch.

A penalty for a ball steal on Bateman moved Wigan into a good attacking position and Gelling went agonisingly close to scoring following good work from Smith, Williams and Hampshire. Another penalty allowed Wigan to keep the pressure on and a great double last ditch tackle from Dean and Mellor made sure Gelling could not ground the ball after he plucked Smith’s kick out of the air.

Widnes were being forced to work hard in defence and Ah Van looked to have put them in front as he went close in the corner but referee Phil Bentham ruled he had knocked the ball on.

Smith attempted to put Wigan ahead in the last 15 minutes with a drop goal but he pulled his effort wide.

With hardly any clear chances at all in the second half, Wigan left their best until the final 10 minutes as Gelling and Burgess combined down the left and the winger kept his cool to offload back inside for Hampshire to go over. Smith failed to convert but Wigan led 14-10 with nine minutes to go.

Widnes threw caution to the wind in a bid to claim a last-gasp victory but it was Wigan who had the final say as Gelling touched down with seconds remaining to ensure the Warriors went through the weekly rounds unbeaten on home soil.