February 24, 2020

Super League: Wigan 32-10 Toronto – Wigan claim second victory as Toronto remain winless

Harry Smith

Harry Smith went over for Wigan’s first try of the game against Toronto
Betfred Super League
Wigan (10) 32
Tries: Smith, French 2, Burgess, Farrell 2 Goals: Hardaker 4
Toronto (4) 10
Tries: Russell, Thompson Goals: Wallace

Wigan scored six tries in their victory over Toronto who remain winless in their debut Super League season.

Former Wigan player Matty Russell’s try put the Wolfpack ahead, but Harry Smith and Bevan French went over six minutes apart as the hosts led at half-time.

Toronto made a great start to the second half with Bodene Thompson’s try, but a fantastic counter-attack by Wigan saw Joe Burgess power over.

French’s second and two Liam Farrell tries put the seal on the Wigan win.

The Wolfpack, who were without Sonny Bill Williams as he has returned to New Zealand for the birth of his fourth child, have now lost their opening three Super League matches, while Wigan have won two of their first three games after beating Warrington on opening day before losing to Castleford last week.

Toronto, who have opened the scoring in their two previous matches, did so again as Russell dived over after a cross-field kick was batted back by Ricky Leutele.

That conceded try saw a sluggish Wigan suddenly burst into life as Smith spotted a gap in the defence to go over and French danced through after a pass from Liam Farrell to put the hosts ahead.

A well-worked move saw Thompson race over the line as Toronto tied the game at 10-10 early in the second half and they came close to going in front, but Wigan turned defence in to attack in an instant and Burgess ran 50 metres to score.

French scored his second try as he went over following a swift Warriors move down the left and after Hakim Miloudi was sent to the sin bin for the second successive game, Farrell scored two tries in two minutes to complete the Wigan victory.

Wigan: French, Marshall, Hardaker, Bibby, J. Burgess, Smith, Hastings, Partington, Leuluai, Clubb, Farrell, Isa, O’Loughlin.

Replacements: Bourouh, Bullock, Clark, Smithies.

Toronto Wolfpack: O’Brien, Kay, Miloudi, Leutele, Russell, Wallace, McCrone, Singleton, Ackers, Springer, Olbison, Thompson, Cunningham.

Replacements: Sidlow, Mullally, Dixon, Wheeler.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL).

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