Warrington Wolves were made to work hard, but they got the job done against Wigan Warriors at Magic Weekend.
It was a cagey first half, the Warriors got the first points of the game after 17 minutes as Zak Hardaker scored a penalty just out from the posts.
Soon after, Warrington got their first try on the board, after brilliant invention from Tom Lineham out wide to kick back in front of goal for Dec Patton to score. Patton then converted his own try to bring the Wolves out further in front going into the break.
Wigan came out of the blocks fast after half time and got their reward five minutes into the second half as Joe Burgess finished off a well worked move out wide. Hardaker missed the conversion out wide, which meant the Warriors were still behind.
It didn’t take long for Hardaker to redeem himself though as he kicked a penalty five minutes later to bring the scores level.
The game was crying out for a moment of magic and Blake Austin duly delivered with a brilliant skip away from the defender to leave himself a clear passage to run in and score. Patton scored the conversion to give the Wolves their six point lead back.
Warrington could sense their chance and they put the game out of sight and they did when Josh Charnley set Toby King away and the centre ran 60m to go in and score. Patton scored the conversion again to give the Wolves a two try advantage.
Patton then added two more penalties in the space of five minutes to ensure the points were going back to Warrington.
Wigan did give themselves something to hang onto as Willie Isa managed to barge his way over for another try. Hardaker converted the try again to bring the gap back to 12 points.
The game finished with another penalty from Dec Patton and that made completely sure that Warrington had earned their first Magic Weekend victory since 2014.
The Wolves have, for now at least, gone four points behind leaders St Helens, having played a game more. They travel to Hull KR on Friday in the Challenge Cup.
As for Wigan, the playoffs seem to edging further away from their grasp. They have a week off now before they travel to Hull KR on 9th June.