Wigan Warriors claimed a comfortable 20-6 win over Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium to move to level on points with the Wolves in second place.
It was an even start, but then Wigan drew first blood after 15 minutes as Bevan French scored on his first start for the club, taking in a cut out pass from Zak Hardaker to score. Hardaker then converted to make it a six point advantage.
The Warriors made it back to back tries soon after as George Williams showed Stefan Ratchford a dummy and then broke free to score. Hardaker was on target again to make it a 12 point advantage.
The luck was definitely in for Wigan and it showed on their next try as Wire failed to deal with a kick, and in the resulting scramble, the ball fell to Hardaker who had free passage to score under the posts. He then nailed the conversion to put the Warriors 18 points ahead going into the break.
Warrington came out quick in the second half and had two tries disallowed early on, both from Dec Patton, the first for a knock on short, and the second was for a dubious looking double movement.
The Wolves were given a further boost when Oliver Gildart was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, but they couldn’t take advantage.
Instead, it was Wigan who increased their lead shortly after as Hardaker scored a penalty to make it a 20 point advantage.
Warrington did get something to show for their efforts as Tom Lineham slid in out wide. Patton converted to ensure the Wolves took full advantage.
It was a scrappy end to the game, but it was Wigan who claimed a first win against the Wire this season. They now have a week off before travelling to Wakefield Trinity on September 1.
As for Warrington, they have now lost five in a row in the Super League. They will hope for relief next week in the Challenge Cup Final against St Helens.