Wigan Warriors put in a champions performance last night to overcome neighbours Warrington Wolves in a repeat of last year's Grand Final.
Tries from England international Liam Farrell and half-back Blake Green were enough to see Wigan past their rivals, with youngster Gene Ormsby scoring an interception try in reply for the Wolves.
In the heavy rain at the Halliwell Jones, it was Wigan who posted points on the board first, as 19-year-old winger Joe Burgess made the break down the left wing, drawing Stefan Ratchford and supplying the pass to the supporting Farrell who went over next to the posts. Matty Smith added the two points and Wigan led 6-0 after only 12 minutes.
Wigan's kicking game was superb, keeping Warrington in their own half for the majority of the opening 40 minutes. Ryan Atkins gave away a penalty for obstruction just before half-time and Wigan opted for the two points which Smith delivered. Wigan went in 8-0 at the break.
Wigan started the second period just as they ended the first but second-rower John Bateman just couldn't get the pass away with the try-line beckoning. Then, on 51 minutes, Eddy Pettybourne provided a short ball to Farrell who drew the full-back and found Green who managed to score despite great covering defence from Joel Monaghan. Smith hit the post with the conversion and Wigan led 12-0.
Warrington saw much more of the ball in the second half but their attacking play was not up to standard, with knock-ons a feature of their game. Matty Bowen - Wigan's major signing for the 2014 season - then threw a long pass out wide but winger Ormsby intercepted for Warrington and ran half the length of the field to score. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion next to the posts and Wigan held an eight-point lead.
Warrington were now piling the pressure on Wigan and when Ben Flower spilled a kick, the Wolves had a full set on Wigan's try line but still couldn't find a way through the sturdy Warriors defence.
Wigan held on to get the win, beating Warrington 12-4. It was their first win away at Warrington for four years.
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