Wigan Warriors youngster Liam Marshall scored four tries in a fantastic team performance which saw Wigan ease to victory at the Wire.
The World Champions continued their impressive start to the season, maintaining their 100% win record in the Super League, looking very good against Warrington.
Marshall, who made his Warriors debut last week against Leigh Centurions, opened the scoring, after Williams’ kick sat up perfectly, for Marshall to score in the corner. Morgan Escare’s conversion attempt was just off target for Wigan.
Wigan continued their early impressive start, with fans favourite Antony Gelling, who is dubbed ‘The Man of The People’, finishing off the work of Liam Forsyth and Morgan Escare to score the try. Escare was successful with his conversion, and made it 10-0 Wigan in under 15 minutes of play.
Wigan’s early dominant start got even better, when Liam Marshall got his second try of the evening, collecting Sean O’Loughlin’s pass to score from close range. Escare got his second goal of the evening, making it Warrington 0-16 Wigan Warriors after 18 minutes.
The Warriors night got even better, with Liam Farrell rounding off a very well worked move by the Cherry and Whites, after George Williams popped him the pass. Escare’s conversation attempt narrowly went wide.
The home fans didn’t have much to cheer about in the first half, with the Cherry and Whites very impressive, however there was some hope before half-time, after Atkins scored for the wire. Lineham broke through and passed inside to Brown who puts Atkins over the try line. Kurt Gidley converted, to reduce the deficit to Warrington 6-20 Wigan at half time.
Marshall completed his hat trick early in the second half, in which the winger picked up Livett’s loose pass, and ran 70 metres to score. Escare converted.
Wigan thought they’d scored their 6th try of the evening when Liam Forsyth scored in the right corner, however the video referee said it was not a try, after the ball was dead before Forsyth tried grounding O’Laughlin’s sublime kick.
The Cherry and Whites did have their 6th try of the evening, with Jack Wells scoring, just two minutes after entering the game. George Williams was the creator as he stepped inside the Wire defence with Wells on his shoulder who ghosted over the line. Escare converted once again, making it Warrington 6- Wigan Warriors 32.
Warrington Wolves once again reduced the deficit, after Harvey Livett found space on the right, playing it to Rhys Evans who scored from 10 metres out. Kurt Gidley added the two from his conversion.
Marshall, grabbed his fourth try of the evening, after Antony Gelling’s excellent 50-metre break, and some good hands from the left, leaving Marshall to finish right in the corner. Escare added another conversion, giving Wigan a 12-38 lead.
Tom Lineham added a late consolation for the Wire, in what was a miserable night for Warrington.
Wigan eased to the 16-38 victory, and impressed many on the night. With young Marshall grabbing all the headlines, it cannot take away from what was a fantastic team performance.
Warriors boss Shaun Wane was delighted with his side’s victory, saying to the press that “It was a good win, I thought we kicked well and dominated field position too.”.
Warrington Boss Tony Smith admitted post-match that early mistakes were the downfall for his side, “It was a tough game. I think a lot of the damage was done in the first half, there were too many errors.
After this evening’s result, Wigan Warriors remained at the top of the Super League. Warrington Wolves with the defeat, also remained bottom of the Super League, failing to pick up a single point so far this season.
Tries: Atkins, Evans, Lineham
Tries: Marshall(4), Gelling, Farrell, Wells
Warrington Wolves: Gidley; Russell, Blythe, Atkins, Lineham; Brown, Livett; Cooper, Clark, Sims, Hughes, Westwood, Westerman.
Replacements: Dwyer, Philbin, Savelio, Evans.
Wigan Warriors: Escare; Forsyth, Gelling, Isa, Marshall; Williams, Leuluai; Nuuausala, Powell, Flower, Tomkins, Farrell, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: Clubb, Tautai, Navarrete, Wells.
Written by Jay Whittle