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Super League champions Wigan outclass Barrow

A MUCH-DEPLETED Barrow Raiders gave their all but were totally outclassed by Super League champions Wigan in their Challenge Cup fourth round tie at the DW Stadium.


Wigan Warriors 52 Barrow Raiders 0

Thomas Leuluai gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes as he took a pass from Michael McIlorum to go in to the right of the sticks. Andy Coley added a second for Wigan four minutes later as they took control at 12-0.

The Warriors were starting to run away with the game as George Carmont made it three tries in seven minutes wide on the right. Barrow had chances after that – Mike Backhouse having a try disallowed for a forward pass, but Paul Deacon went in after the half-hour to make it 24-0.

Sam Tomkins scored within two minutes of the restart to open the gap even further, with Sean O’Loughlin next in after Backhouse had a second try disallowed.

Barrow’s cause should have been helped as Jeff Lima was sin-binned for unsporting conduct after 52 minutes, but Leuluai soon had his second even with Wigan down to 12 men.

Lima was back when Pat Richards added a try to his immaculate kicking record, though he missed his first conversion trying to add the extras.

He was back to his accuracy as he converted Sam Tomkins’ second, with Wigan bringing up their half-century and Barrow still drawing a blank.

Wigan named a full-strength side for the encounter, while Barrow started three men injured last week for the win over Halifax and welcomed Mike Backhouse back from amateurs Roose for his first game in two seasons.

Jamie Thackray, Martin Ostler and Liam Campbell were all in the first XIII after injuries, with Huddersfield dual-registration player Gregg McNally at full-back.

Mark Gleeson was named on the bench, but was still dressed in his tracksuit half-an-hour before kick-off and did not join in the pre-match warm-up.

The Warriors included Joel and Sam Tomkins, Brett Finch and Sean O’Loughlin among a host of stars, with Jack Hughes – part of the Barrow side last week – facing the players he has been lining up with for the past month.

Wigan Warriors Starting XIII: Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Joel Tomkins, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, Andy Coley, Michael McIlorum, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Ryan Hoffman, Sean O’Loughlin.
Substitutes: Paul Prescott, Chris Tuson, Paul Deacon, Jack Hughes.

Barrow Raiders Starting XIII: Gregg McNally, Andy Ballard, Chris Larkin, Liam Harrison, Mike Backhouse, Jamie Rooney, Liam Campbell, Jamie Thackray, Nathan Mossop, Jamie Butler, Martin Ostler, Ned Catic, Zeb Luisi.
Substitutes: Mark Gleeson, Matt James, Michael Knowles, Marc Dixon.

Referee: T Roby.


11 MINUTES: Thomas Leuluai try, Pat Richards conversion, 6-0.
15 MINUTES: Andy Coley try, Richards conversion, 12-0.
18 MINUTES: George Carmont try, Richards conversion, 18-0.
33 MINUTES: Paul Deacon try, Richards conversion, 24-0.
42 MINUTES: Sam Tomkins try, Richards conversion, 30-0.
49 MINUTES: Sean O’Loughlin try, Richards conversion, 36-0.
52 MINUTES: Jeff Lima sin-binned, unsporting conduct.
56 MINUTES: Leuluai try, Richards conversion, 42-0.
65 MINUTES: Richards try, 46-0.
73 MINUTES: Sam Tomkins try, Richards conversion, 52-0.

Have your say

Ive just got this to say to the Widnes fan


Looking forward to watching you against Wigan?

Posted by Iain Smiley on 9 May 2011 at 16:38

Silly coments from Clive & Graeme here.

1, Its like a Div 1 side beating a threadbare BAFC which is feasilbe.

2, Hark at the Widnes baffoon, Where are you in the league, exactley.

Posted by Sean Patrick Flanagan on 9 May 2011 at 15:55

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