Season Review - Part Four

Season Review - Part Four

We conclude our look back at the match action from 2012 as we reflect on the months of  August and September.

August

03-Aug h Hull FC W 48-10 S Tomkins 2T, Hock T, Charnley 3T, Farrell T, McIlorum T, Powell T, Charnley 6G

Sam Tomkins scored his 500th Wigan points on the stroke of half time as the Cherry and Whites maintained their stronghold at the top of the Super League table in front of 17,736 fans - the highest Super League attendance for a Wigan v Hull fixture, beating the 16,554 figure of 2006.

The 48-10 success was also helped by a Josh Charnley hat-trick and a debut try for Sam Powell who didn't look out of place at Super League level.

11-Aug a Warrington W L 10-30 Hock T, Thornley T, Charnley 1G

Warrington took the spoils 30-10 in this local derby.The league's best two sides thrashed out a top of the table clash worthy of the pre-match billing with Warrington closing the gap to just one point in the lead for the League Leaders Shield.

20-Aug h Salford CR W 38-6 Richards 2T, S Tomkins T, Goulding T, Hughes T, Hansen T, O'Loughlin T, Richards 5G

Pat Richards marked his return from a 17-week injury lay-off with a brace of tries and 5 goals as Wigan took a step further to securing the League Leaders' Shield with a 38-6 win.The Warriors now need one more win from the remaining two regular season fixtures to go into the play-offs as League Leaders for the second time in three years and to make it a third season in succession the Warriors players have brought silverware to the DW Stadium.

September

02-Sep a Hull KR W 42-36 Finch T, Goulding T, Hock T, Richards 2T, Carmont T, Farrell T, Charnley T, Richards 5G

History repeated itself at MS3 Craven Park as Wigan, like they did in 2010, beat Hull K.R. to claim the points needed to secure a second League Leaders' Shield in three years.

The Warriors had to endure a nightmare start before doing so though, having to come from 26-0 down and 32-12 down to claim a dramatic 42-36 victory to seal top spot thanks to tries in the final three minutes from Pat Richards and Josh Charnley.

07-Sep h St Helens L 18-26 Leuluai T, Richards T, S Tomkins T, Richards 3G

Wigan lifted the League Leaders' Shield but couldn't finish the regular season with a win. The old enemy took the spoils 18-26 as 21,522 fans Joined Jack in a Derby Day with a significant message. With the DW Stadium alive with colour and Joining Jack salutes, both sides spread the message with special kits to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.Michael McIlorum was shown red after just quarter of an hour but the Warriors toughed it out to stay within touching distance until the final quarter.

14-Sep h Catalans D PO W 46-6 Carmont 3T, Leuluai T, Goulding T, Farrell T, S Tomkins T, Charnley T, Richards 7G

A hat-trick from the retiring George Carmont helped Wigan Warriors sail into week three of the Super League Play-Offs with a 46-6 win. The win means that the Warriors will have Clubcall for the first time since its inception.

28-Sep h Leeds R PO L 12-13 Richards T, Hansen T Richards 2G

Wigan's Grand Final dream was fatally crushed in the dying moments of a superb semi-final as Leeds won 12-13.

Leeds winning the tie with a late penalty which was kicked by Kevin Sinfield to send Leeds to a second straight Grand Final from fifth spot.

The Warriors had trailed 0-11 after a clinical first half from the Rhinos where tactical kicking from Sinfield contributed to a huge advantage in the territorial battle but Wigan came alive after half time to lead 12-11 on the hour until the final moments.

Josh Charnley celebrates a try at Hull KR that secures the League Leaders' Shield. 

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