Noble Pleased with Props

Wigan coach Brian Noble hailed his front row and in particular record signing Stuart Fielden after the Warriors saw off Harlequins at the JJB Stadium to get back to winning ways in the engage Super League.

The former Bradford man, however, has shown signs in the last few weeks that he could be running into a bit of his old form, perhaps inspired by his continued absence from the representative picture.

"I think sometimes you have to run yourself out of a little bit of poor form," Noble said after the game.

"I thought Andy Coley and Stuart Fielden were outstanding tonight, complemented by Mickey Higham.

"I just see some really good signs from Stuart Fielden at the moment.

"That's his third game on the bounce that he's looked like his old self. He's been technically very good and he's looked strong.

"Danny Ward kept running at him and that's a brave thing to do because he was in the groove and kept getting Danny right.

"They were all legitimate, really good tackles, which was pleasing to see - for us."

The Warriors trailed 16-6 before Pat Richards and Joel Tomkins added to Higham's early touchdown to edge them in front at half-time.

Quins were good value for their 10-point lead thanks to tries from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Joe Mbu and Tony Clubb, but were unable to find a response, and Wigan than ran in further tries in the second-half from Gareth Hock, Darrell Goulding (two) and Thomas Leuluai, before Clubb added a second of his own.

The game was Wigan's first on home soil for several weeks due to the pitch at the JJB Stadium being relaid, and Noble admitted it felt good to be back home at long last.

"I think it makes a difference to us," he added. "It shouldn't in theory, because it's still a green field, but we got in the winners' enclosure and justifiably so.

"We showed enough quality in the end, and the try just before half-time really gave us a lift."

The try Noble was alluding to was one of four quickfire scores either side of the break - which gave Harlequins a mountain they proved unable to climb.

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