Warriors fight back to beat Vikings


Wigan Warriors overcame a fast start from the Widnes Vikings to win 32-16 at the DW Stadium.

It was a fast start for the Vikings as an early penalty gave them the field position and Matt Whitley was able to break the deadlock. Tom Gilmore scored the conversion for a six point lead. Gilmore then added two penalties to stretch their early lead out to 10 points.

They got their second try midway through the first half as Stefan Marsh was able to get in out wide. Gilmore nailed the touchline conversion for a 16 point lead for the Vikings, who were in dreamland.

However, a potential game changer came about as Wigan scored right on half time as Joe Burgess managed to score after just being given a sniff at the line. However, Sam Tomkins missed the conversion to send the Warriors into half time 12 points down.

From there, the Warriors never looked back. Ryan Sutton got the ball rolling 12 minutes into the second half after using his power to get over the line. Morgan Escare added the conversion and it brought Wigan back to within one score.

Widnes will have been disappointed at how easy Thomas Leuluai was able to scoot over from dummy half to give Tomkins the chance to level the scores. However, he missed the conversion, but it wouldn’t prove too costly.

Moments later, Liam Farrell managed to get his name on the scoreboard with a good try. Tomkins converted to edge the Warriors four points ahead.

The game was escaping from the Vikings and Gilmore took it upon himself to try something different with a chip, however it was easily read by Tomkins, who ran 70 metres to score. He then converted his own try as Wigan were threatening to run riot.

There was further punishment for Widnes, something their first half performance did not deserve as Tom Davies went in out wide to kill the game off once and for all. Tomkins added the conversion again to confirm a 16 point victory for the Warriors.

It means Wigan have bounced back from last weeks disappointing defeat against Warrington and return to winning ways. They face Wakefield Trinity at home next week.

As for Widnes, it is a third defeat in four for them but performances are certainly much improved and they haven’t let defeats get to them this season. They host Huddersfield Giants next Friday.

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