Wigan labour to London win

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Wigan Warriors claimed a third straight win, but were made to work for it against a stubborn London Broncos side.

It was the Broncos who drew first blood early on as Kieran Dixon scored a penalty from in front of the sticks after Thomas Leuleui was pulled for holding down.

The Warriors responded quickly though as Jake Shorrocks managed to put his foot down and dive in under the posts. Zak Hardaker scored the conversion to take the Warriors four points in front.

But back came the Broncos as Jay Pitts managed to ground the ball on the slide to level the game for the capital side. Dixon then landed the conversion to reassert London’s slender lead.

Everything was coming tough for the Warriors, and they were booed off at half time, as they trailed to the bottom side in the Super League.

Some of that was down to brilliant defence from the away side, as they kept on forcing the Warriors into mistakes and dropped balls.

But then a momentary lapse in concentration from the Broncos cost them as Elliot Kear put the ball down and Chris Hankinson gobbled up the opportunity to run in and score. Hardaker scored the conversion again to swing the pendulum back in Wigan’s favour.

The turning point came with an hour gone as Morgan Escare managed to get in behind the London defence to score. Hardaker scored the conversion to put the pressure right on the away side, leaving them 10 points behind.

It was here where London’s game started to slip with more dropped balls and errors creeping into their game as they tried something new.

This was highlighted when Dixon broke free and tried to put James Cunningham in, but Cunningham dropped the ball without hardly any pressure on him.

The Warriors were subsequently able to see the game out and record a third straight victory- their best run since Adrian Lam took over as Head Coach.

They head to Warrington Wolves next week in the Challenge Cup looking to continue their upturn in form.

As for London, they have come up just short again. They need to be better at closing games out if they are to get out of relegation trouble.

They have a week off before they welcome Wakefield Trinity to the capital on the 18th May.

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