Briers puts


the boot in


by Gary Skentelbery


WARRINGTON'S inspirational skipper Lee Briers put the boot in as the Wolves recorded their first ever Super League victory at Wigan.
In fact it was Warrington's first win at Wigan since 1993!
Briers put the boot in as the Wolves soaked up early pressure before going in 6-12 at the break thanks to tries from winger Ritchie Barnett and half back Chris Bridge. Briers weighed in with two great conversions.
In the second half Briers kicked four drop goals to seal victory.
Such a result was not on the cards after the home side had been in total control of the opening quarter of the contest.
With skipper Sean O'Loughlin back in the pack, Wigan made all the early running as they looked to get their season back on track.
It was debutant Bryan Fletcher who finally rewarded the Warriors' dominance when he accepted a short pass from Danny Orr to score just three minutes after coming off the bench.
Danny Tickle added the conversion to make it 6-0, only for Warrington to answer straight back with a try of their own with a rare foray into their opponents' half.
Briers' superb long ball out wide allowed Toa Kohe-Love to send in Barnett to give the vocal away support something to cheer about. Skipper Briers converted the first try and was on target again shortly before the interval after Chris Bridge kicked ahead twice and beat Brett Dallas to the loose ball to score.
A 12-6 half-time lead boosted the Wolves' confidence and they came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second 40 minutes.
Briers scored the first points of the half with his opening drop goal of the night and he then extended the lead by two more points with a penalty after he was taken out late by Wayne Godwin.
The hooker was sin-binned for his challenge as Wigan struggled to get back into the contest with only 12 men on the field. A pair of drop goals from Briers made it 17-6 and Warrington put the game beyond the hosts when Henry Fa'afili was sent free to cross on the wing. Briers added the conversion.
Wigan did manage to grab a late consolation score through Wayne Godwin, although it was rightly Briers who had the last laugh when he slotted over his fourth drop goal in the dying seconds.

Wigan (6) 12.
Tries: Fletcher, Godwin.
Goals: Tickle, Moran.

Warrington (12) 24.
Tries: Barnett, Bridge, Fa'afili.
Goals: Briers 4.
Drop Goals: Briers 4.
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