Super League Play-off Semi-Final Match Review: Wigan Warriors 16-12 Warrington Wolves


Wigan 16 (8)
Tries: Tomkins, Gelling, Burgess
Goals: Smith (2)

Warrington 12 (4)
Tries: J.Monaghan, O’Brien
Goals: O’Brien, Ratchford

Match Review

Wigan Warriors secured a place in next Saturday’s Grand Final after a late Joe Burgess try sealed a dramatic 16-12 win over rivals Warrington.

A Joel Tomkins try and penalty from Matty Smith had put Wigan 8-0 up but Warrington responded before half time through a try from Joel Monaghan. Gareth O’Brien’s effort just after the break put Warrington ahead, but tries from Anthony Gelling and Burgess late on means it’s Wigan who will play St Helens at Old Trafford next weekend.

Wigan started off the better of the two sides and were ahead on 5 minutes when Warrington conceded a penalty 35 metres away from their own line. Matty Smith opted to go for goal and put the Warriors 2-0 up.

Wigan continued to be the stronger of the sides and their pressure paid off on 24 minutes when Blake Green broke the Warrington line on half way to find Joel Tomkins free on his inside to go over for the opening try.

Warrington hit back just before the break after an intended pass out wide from Richie Myler ricocheted off Ben Currie’s head. The ball found its way into the corner where Joel Monaghan pounced to score his 34th try of the campaign. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion meaning the Wolves trailed 8-4 at half time.

Warrington came out a much improved team in the second half and were rewarded on 46 minutes after Gareth O’Brien chased his own high kick to collect the ball ahead of Matty Bowen and go over to give Warrington the lead.

10 minutes later the Warriors were back in front however, after a move from the left of the field to the right saw Anthony Gelling force his way over and put Wigan 12-10 ahead.

A Stefan Ratchford penalty then levelled the scores at 12-12 apiece, before Smith for Wigan and Richie Myler for the Wolves both saw numerous drop goal attempts sail wide as both teams chased the win.

In the dying minutes, Joe Burgess collected the ball out wide to beat off three Warrington defenders to go over for the deciding try and break the Wolves’ hearts.

Wigan will now face arch rivals St Helens in next Saturday’s Grand Final as they chase back to back Super League titles.

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