Wigan Warriors were crowned the double champions in 2013. We take a look back at the 5 best games of an unforgettable season.
5. Widnes Vikings 32-33 Wigan Warriors. Select Stadium, Widnes. 7th June 2013.
Wigan Warriors made it 13 wins in a row in all competitions with a superb 32-33 win in a dramatic encounter at the Select Stadium Widnes.
A young Warriors side crossed for six tries, Anthony Gelling grabbed a brace and young Lewis Tierney scored on his First Team debut, Logan Tomkins, Josh Charnley and Scott Taylor were the other Wigan try scorers. Charnley hit four goals and Sam Powell added a drop goal which in the end proved the difference between the sides.
It was a nerve-jangling see saw battle all the way through and will have thrilled both sets of fans and those watching live on Sky TV on a hot summers night.
4. Wigan Warriors 16-0 Hull FC. Wembley Stadium, London. 24th August 2013.
Over 78,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium and it was those in from Wigan who were celebrating at the end as the Warriors won the Challenge Cup for the second time in just three years. In truth, it wasnt the greatest of finals but importantly the Warriors were crowned Challenge Cup winners 2013 following their 16-0 success over Hull FC in the pouring rain at Wembley.
Wigan have now won this famous trophy 19 times in their illustrious history and the Cherry and Whites sealed the win thanks to tries from Centre Iain Thornley and Sam Tomkins while Pat Richards landed two conversions and two penalties.
It was a tight compelling encounter which swung the Warriors way as Thornley grabbed his 14th try of the season in the first half after 20 minutes and Full Back Tomkins latched onto a Green kick to score Wigan's second try of the game, and his 34th of the campaign in all competitions, with just moments of the game remaining.
Wigan dominated possession and took their scoring opportunities while Hull simply made too many mistakes when they did have the ball in hand.
3. Wigan Warriors 28-16 St Helens. DW Stadium, Wigan. 29th March 2013.
A Pat Richards brace proved vital as Wigan Warriors stormed to a fourth successive Good Friday triumph with a 28-16 win over arch rivals St Helens in the Super League.
The Warriors took a commanding 18-0 lead into the break but a stern second-half fight back from St Helens ensured Wigan were made to work for the league points. The pick of the tries was a 90 meter effort from Wigan wing Josh Charnley, cheered by the majority of a raucous sell-out crowd of 23,861.
Despite a first derby try for Dom Crosby restoring a commanding advantage for Wigan with 20 minutes to go, Saints still managed to ensure a nervy finish when a superb try finished by Tom Makinson started a comeback.
2. Wigan Warriors 22-12 Leeds Rhinos. DW Stadium, Wigan. 27th September 2013.
Wigan earned the right to face Warrington Wolves in the 2013 Grand Final following their 22-12 success over Leeds Rhinos in front of the DW Stadium's biggest playoff crowd for ten years.
The Wigan support erupted as Iain Thorley opened the scoring with the only try of the first half. An end to end start to the second half saw many thrills and spills including a desperate try saving tackle on Joel Moon from Harrison Hansen. Wigan stepped on the gas to score three second half tries to ensure the victory as the Cherry and White went on to look for a Challenge Cup and Super League double.
It was a last DW Stadium appearance for Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards and Lee Mossop as the trio all head to the NRL.
1. Wigan Warriors 30-16 Warrington Wolves. Old Trafford, Manchester. 5th October 2013.
Wigan Warriors completed a Challenge Cup and Super League double with a sensational 30-16 win over Warrington Wolves to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
The Warriors came back from a 2-16 deficit to record an almighty win in a thrilling encounter. Darrell Goulding's 4 pointer just before the break sparked the revival.
In the second half the Warriors were simply irresistible crossing for four further unanswered tries from Michael McIlorum, Josh Charnley, Blake Green and Pat Richards to complete a fantastic evening for the Cherry and Whites.
The game also saw a heroic performance from man of the match Green who collected the Harry Sunderland award after recovering from a fractured sinus in the second minute to guide his side to victory.
It was only the fourth time a team have completed the elusive double and a fitting way to end the time at the Club of several departing players.