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Friday 11th April 2014, 20:00 - Round:8
|Tony Clubb 2, Dan Sarginson 2, Iain Thornley 2, Matty Bowen,||T||Jamie O'Callaghan, Mike McMeeken, Iliess Macani,|
George Williams 4,
Attendance: 10,680 Official: M Thomason Venue: DW Stadium
Wigan Warriors overcame a poor start against the London Broncos to make it four First Utility Super League wins in a row.
Jamie O'Callaghan and Mike McMeeken crossed over inside the first 10 minutes to give the winless London Broncos an ideal start, but the champions came roaring back to seal a 36-14 victory, with two familiar faces doing the damage.
It took Wigan almost half-an-hour to find their rhythm of the game and they grabbed their first try through former Broncos favourite Tony Clubb. Another ex-London star, Dan Sarginson, got in the act before the break, as did Iain Thornley as they led 16-10 at half-time.
The game was anything but a classic and it took the Warriors another 23 minutes after the break before they breached the London line through Clubb again.
The Broncos fell away and made too many errors and further tries for Sarginson, Thornley and Matty Bowen sealed the points.
England winger Josh Charnley was missing for the Warriors after sustaining a serious knee injury against Dewsbury Rams last Friday, meaning Sarginson faced his former club for the first time.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane left out Matty Smith, Ben Flower and Liam Farrell, but did bring back Matty Bowen after he sat out the Challenge Cup win.
London were without the suspended Nick Slyney and injured George Griffin, while Olsi Krasniqi was promoted from the bench to start at prop.
The Broncos stunned the home crowd by taking the lead in the first three minutes. Wigan prop Gil Dudson knocked on during their first attack and the visitors capitalised, with winger Jamie O'Callaghan touching down in the corner to lead 4-0.
London came into this game on the back of seven consecutive Super League defeats this season, but they were the team playing with confidence as they extended their lead to 10-0 when McMeeken strolled through some poor defending to go over. Josh Drinkwater converted.
Wigan were out of sorts and their first real attack came in the 25th minute, but still they could not score as skipper Sean O'Loughlin was held up over the line.
But they made no mistake moments later as Clubb found his way over in the corner following good work from Joe Burgess as he collected and offloaded from Green's cross-field kick.
Williams converted from the touchline to make it 10-6.
The Warriors finally looked like they had upped their game and another former Bronco was the recipient as Sarginson collected a long ball from Green to ghost over in the corner. Williams missed the extras.
The Broncos started to tire and Wigan took full advantage as centre Thornley showed some nifty footwork to step his way under the posts. Williams converted as Wigan led 16-10 at the break.
The start of the second half was a scrappy affair, with Wigan enjoying a lot of possession while not creating any clear-cut chances, while the Broncos lacked any real attacking threat.
The Warriors were boosted by the introduction of Sam Powell, with Williams moving to hooker and Powell partnering Green in the halves.
And Wigan almost extended their advantage, but Bowen was held up over the line following a neat jinking run.
The hosts were slowly but surely stamping their authority on the game and, after receiving a penalty following a strong run from Burgess, they should have gone over for the opening try of the half, but one pass too many saw the chance go to waste once again.
The first try of the second half finally came in the 63rd minute when Clubb took a quick tap from a penalty to barge over for his second score, with Williams converting.
London's ill-discipline started to hurt them and Wigan finally put the game to bed inside the final 10 minutes.
Sarginson collected a neat kick from Powell to score and, even though Iliess Macani went over for London, Wigan had the final say as Thornley and Bowen both outpaced a tired Broncos defence to score.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals