Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Moments Turned Wigan into Winners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Moments Turned Wigan into Winners

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Byline: Martin Offiah Rugby league legend

IT takes more than good fortune to win a Grand Final and although Wigan ended with the trophy they started the game atrociously.

Their play was littered with poor execution, Josh Charnley dropped a ball that would have been a certain try and, suddenly, they were 16-2 down to Warrington.

But the game turned on two key moments. First, Joel Monaghan came off for Warrington at the end of the first half and then Wigan snuck a try. That would have made all the difference in the changing rooms at half-time.

Then when Stefan Ratchford came off injured, Warrington were even more exposed, missing two of their most exciting strike options and two great defensive players. Tony Smith had gone for a bench of four forwards and must have regretted that. He had to reshuffle but that just exposed the weaker defenders.

Warrington did not score a point in the second half, while Wigan gave Pat Richards and Sam Tomkins the perfect send-off in their last game each for the club. …

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