Warrington Wolves claimed a second consecutive win as they inflicted a first defeat of the season onto the Wigan Warriors.
The tone was set early when the Wolves got an early penalty and Bryson Goodwin slotted it between the posts for a two point lead after just a few minutes.
It was soon eight points in eight minutes as a brilliant team move saw Tom Lineham cross in the corner. Goodwin scored the conversion again to complete a blistering start from the Wolves.
Warrington dominated the first half but couldn’t add to their eight point lead before the break. Their best chance came when Ben Murdoch-Masila let off a brilliant offload to Ryan Atkins, but the centre couldn’t quite take it in.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first as Goodwin slotted a penalty over to increase the lead further to 10 points. Although he did fail to make it 12 moments later with Wigan’s discipline failing them fast.
Although that second miss from the New Zealand international didn’t matter as Warrington scored another try through Atkins. The same combination that didn’t quite work in the first half between him and Murdoch-Masila paid off this time and the England international was able to claim his third try in two games. Goodwin scored the conversion for a 16 point lead.
But just when the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Warriors, they got a try back through Liam Marshall, the young winger was able to get the ball down in the corner in the first real attack that saw the Warriors get in behind the Warrington defence. Sam Tomkins missed with the conversion attempt leaving the score at 16-4.
That try woke up Wigan from their slumber and they started to put pressure on the Warrington line. But too often on the last tackle, the ball fell to the wrong man and the attack petered out.
They were able to get one more consolation through Tony Clubb right on the full time hooter as he was able dive over. Tomkins was on target for the conversion, but there was no time to mount another attack.
It means Wigan have fallen to a first defeat of the season at the third attempt. Although this defeat was against a team they would consider to be a rival at the top end of the table. They have a week to recover before they welcome Widnes Vikings to the DW Stadium.
As for Warrington, they seem to have put that slow start behind them and have now won their last two games. They travel to Hull FC next week.