Wigan defeated by Souths

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South Sydney Rabbitohs managed to beat a stubborn Wigan Warriors side to complete a clean sweep for the Australian sides in this World Club Challenge.

This comes after Leeds Rhinos lost the World Club Championship against Melbourne Storm and Hull FC lost earlier against St George Illawara Dragons.

However, the Warriors were in front after just five minutes after a spectacular finish from Tom Davies to ground Sean O’Loughlin’s kick in the corner. Sam Tomkins missed the conversion from out wide, but it was an early lead for the visitors.

However, that lead did not last long as Tom Burgess managed to power his way over the line to score, barely a few minutes later. Adam Douheli was off target with his conversion attempt, but the scores were level.

Five minutes later, the Rabbitohs were in front as Campbell Graham got the ball after great determination from Hymel Hunt to offload the ball. Douheli was again off target with the conversion, but it was a four point lead for the Australian side.

Things then got worse for Wigan as young winger Liam Marshall was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul on Alex Johnstone.

The Aussies soon took advantage as Richard Kenner was able to exploit the gap out wide to score. Damien Cook was off target with the conversion attempt, meaning it was an eight point lead for the Bunnies.

It was vital Wigan got the next try and they did through Davies again, he was put in out wide and he was able to ground the ball under pressure. Tomkins was again off target with the conversion, but it was something to build on for the Warriors.

It was a valiant effort from the Warriors in the second half, but they cracked just five minutes from time as Douheli managed to creep in behind the defence to score. The half back was on target this time to complete victory for the Rabbitohs.

It was a good practice for the Australian side who have three weeks to prepare for a trip to Perth as they play New Zealand Warriors.

As for Wigan, it is a trip that can be considered a success with a good win over Hull FC and a narrow defeat against the 2014 NRL champions. They face a big local derby against Warrington Wolves next Friday.


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