Wolves season review 2006
- Published 01/01/06 3:00 pm
- Warrington Wolves archive
Wolves win thriller
report by Gary Skentelbery pictures George Thornton
A last gasp penalty from skipper Lee Briers handed Warrington the spoils in a thrilling derby victory over arch rivals Wigan.
Hundreds of fans, mainly from Wigan, missed the game which was a lock out with a capacity 13,024.
Victory brought an end to Wigan's five match winning streak leaving the relegation threatened Warriors hovering just above the drop.
But on this showing they are unlkiely to be relegated as they pushed the Wolves all the way in a pulsating encounter.
After Michael Dobson had kicked Wigan ahead, hooker Michael Sullivan slipped Martin Gleeson in to put the Wolves ahead after just six minutes.
Toa Kohe-Love extended Warrington's lead on 12 minutes just after Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin had knocked-on in a great position.
But it was all Wigan from then on in the first half though as they piled on the pressure and forced The Wolves into three goal-line drop-outs.
Warrington hung on until half time though, and Briers kicked them 12-2 ahead two minutes after the restart.
Wigan came storming back with Dobson's grubber kick bouncing off a post for Danny Tickle to collect and touch down.
Briers again kicked a penalty to help Warrington but it was all level when O'Loughlin went over from another Dobson kick.
Warrington man-of-the match Paul Wood battled over the line to restore Warrington's lead in the 68th minute but Wigan again bounced back to level matters when Chris Ashton burst clear from halfway before going over.
With time running out Danny Orr and Dobson both launched drop goal attempts from 20 yards only to see the ball hit the crossbar and the other sail wide. Briers faired much better two minutes later when he converted his penalty chance to ensure Warrington cemented their play-off slot in fifth.
The penalty was awarded as Sullivan lined up a drop goal attempt but was tackled by Danny Tickle who was running back from an off-side position.
Warrington (10) 22.
Tries: M. Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Wood.
Goals: Briers 5.
Wigan (2) 20.
Tries: Tickle, O'Loughlin, Ashton.
Goals: Dobson 4.