Super League  Friday 7th June 2013  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 6,528

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, K. Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Hanbury, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Pickersgill, Winterstein, White.

Squad

Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Gelling, Goulding, Greenwood, Hampshire, Hansen, Hughes, Lauaki, Mossop, Powell, Spencer, Taylor, Tierney, Thornley, L. Tomkins, Tuson, Williams.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Rhys Hanbury

Frankie Winterstein

Adam Lawton

Patrick Ah Van

GOAL SCORERS:

Jack Owens

Jack Owens

Jack Owens

Jack Owens

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Scott Taylor

Anthony Gelling

Josh Charnley

Anthony Gelling

Lewis Tierney

Logan Tomkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Sam Powell

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Lewis Tierney, son of dual-code great Jason Robinson, made a tryscoring debut as Super League leaders Wigan Warriors claimed a thrilling victory at Widnes Vikings.

The 18-year-old touched down while an injury-ravaged Warriors side made the early running at the Select Security Stadium, but it needed a late Scott Taylor score to clinch victory.

Even then it was not over as Patrick Ah Van completed a hat-trick and Jack Owens converted to bring Widnes back within a point with just over a minute remaining, yet Wigan held on.

The youthful Wigan side had led 16-4 but trailed 26-22 after a Rhys Hanbury-orchestrated Widnes fightback.

A late burst which included Anthony Gelling's second try, a drop goal from the tremendous Sam Powell and Taylor's effort just proved enough.

Many eyes had been on Tierney with his father, who also made his Wigan debut at 18, watching in the crowd.

If the expectations on Tierney were not great enough, he was asked to fill in for the game's current superstar, Sam Tomkins, in an unfamiliar side.

Wigan had nine first-teamers out but were still quickly into their stride as Tomkins' brother Logan drove over from dummy half after just three minutes.

Widnes produced a quick response as Ah Van charged over in the corner from a powerful flat pass by Hanbury.

Tierney showed some nimble footwork as he chased back to claim a high Hanbury kick under pressure and soon made a telling contribution in attack.

The Warriors moved upfield expertly and Tierney was on hand to take a Chris Tuson pass and cross in the corner.

Josh Charnley curled over an excellent touchline conversion and Wigan looked in complete command after scrum-half George Williams showed great vision to pick out Gelling with a crossfield kick.

However, Widnes then stunned Wigan with two tries in the closing 13 minutes of the first half.

Hanbury first burst through a small gap to send giant forward Adam Lawton over and further showed his creative abilities to set up another with a deft kick for Owens to pass inside to Frank Winterstein.

With Owens converting both, the scores were level at the break, but some of the Vikings’ good work was undone early in the second half.

Widnes carelessly allowed Charnley to break through a tackle and the winger capitalised by racing the length of the field to cross for the eighth consecutive match.

He converted his own try and Wigan almost had another on their next attack, only for Gelling to be denied by a forward pass.

Hanbury was not prepared to let Widnes lie down and levelled the scores again with a superb individual effort after collecting a good offload from Dave Allen.

Wigan were frustrated when Harrison Hansen was denied by the video referee and Widnes countered quickly to take the lead as Hanbury picked out Ah Van with another fine pass.

Ah Van then thought he had his hat-trick but was ruled to have just been pushed into touch by the video referee.

Wigan made the most of that reprieve with a break upfield that saw Gelling cross to level the scores.

Charnley could not manage the conversion but Wigan did edge back ahead when Powell landed a drop goal with eight minutes remaining.

Powell made an even more impressive intervention moments later with a darting run and brilliant pass for Taylor to claim the decisive try.

Ah Van squeezed over in the corner to set up a thrilling finish but the Warriors clung on.

Match Action

  • 78m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 78m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 74m
    try

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 74m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 69m
    dropgoal

    Sam Powell

    Wigan

  • 68m
    try

    Anthony Gelling

    Wigan

  • 57m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 52m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 52m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 43m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 43m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 39m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 39m
    try

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Greg Burke

    Wigan

  • 27m
    try

    Adam Lawton

    Widnes

  • 27m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Chris Dean

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Adam Lawton

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Wigan

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 22m
    try

    Anthony Gelling

    Wigan

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Steve Pickersgill

    Widnes

  • 14m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 14m
    try

    Lewis Tierney

    Wigan

  • 7m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 3m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 3m
    try

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan