Match Report

Friday 24th February 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 2

Widnes Vikings

(18) 26

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Wigan Warriors

28 (12)

Wigan Warriors

4 Tries

Lloyd White, Danny Craven, Tom Armstrong, Stefan Marsh,

TRIES

Tries 6

Thomas Leuluai, Oliver Gildart 2, Joe Burgess 2, Lewis Tierney,

5 Goals

Rhys Hanbury 5,

GOALS

Goals 2

Morgan Escare 2,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 6,561  Official: J Child  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

Full Time Report

World champions Wigan Warriors produced a stunning comeback to beat Widnes Vikings 28-26 in a fixture that was switched to the Select Security Stadium Halton at short notice.

The Warriors, who beat Cronulla Sharks in the Dacia World Club Challenge last Sunday, crossed four times in the last 20 minutes to overturn a 26-12 deficit midway through the second half. 

Wigan took an early lead when Thomas Leuluai dummied and beat two defenders to crash over, before Lloyd White levelled the scores.  

Danny Craven raced in to double Widnes' advantage and, although the visitors levelled the scores when Morgan Escare collected his chip kick and passed to Oliver Gildart, the Vikings went in 18-12 ahead at half-time as Tom Armstrong touched down after White's kick rebounded off the post. 

Stefan Marsh then dived over at the start of the second half and Rhys Hanbury kicked two penalties to leave Widnes in control. 

But Wigan responded in thrilling fashion courtesy of Joe Burgess' brace plus scores from Lewis Tierney and Gildart, the latter's second arriving with six minutes remaining. 

Wigan coach Shaun Wane praised his players for their attitude in coping well with the late change of plan.

He said: “We have a mentality – any place anywhere, any time – and the players did that.”

“I'm very happy with the mentality shown by the players because this is a tough place to come. To get two points here is a great effort.”

Widnes coach Denis Betts was frustrated his side could not hold on for victory having taken command early in the second half.

He said: “It is a tough one to take. We controlled the game for large parts but that is what a champion side does to you.

“They know how to win tough games, they are a pretty good side, but I am disappointed not to be talking about the win we should have had.”