2011 Season Review - Part One

2011 Season Review - Part One

2011 was another successful season for the Warriors with the highlight in August the Carnegie Challenge Cup success against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium. Wigan finished the regular season in 2nd spot but were unable to overcome arch rival St Helens in the Play-Offs to miss out on a Grand Final place.

2011 was to be the last under the tenure of Head Coach Michael Maguire as he returned home in October to take charge of South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Warriors replacing Michael with his former assistant Shaun Wane.

On the field there were some memorable matches, the World Club, Leeds away in the 22 all draw, the Easter win over Saints with the Liam Farrell try, the win at St Helens in June and of course the road to Wembley which included success against both Warrington and Saints again.

We look back at the action in Super League with a special page on the Cup success to come to conclude the look back at the year later in the week.

February/March

The season started with a draw against Saints in Cardiff and the try scoring debut of Ryan Hoffman in Warriors colours. Wigan overpowered Bradford before a narrow defeat at the DW against St George Illawarra in the World Club Challenge, a very special night despite the disappointment of the15-21 loss.

There was to be no WC hangover as Wigan went on in March to defeat Salford and Huddersfield on the road and Hull at home 14-12. The month ended with a loss to Warrington at home though.

Saturday 12th February SL1 St Helens (N) D 16-16 Cardiff

T : Carmont, Hoffman, Hansen
G: S Tomkins, Deacon

The Warriors let a 16-0 half time lead slip in the season opener in Cardiff, Ryan Hoffman scores on his Super League debut.

Sunday 20th February SL2 Bradford Bulls (A) W 44-10

T: S Tomkins, Goulding, Carmont, Roberts 2, Leuluai, Hansen, Farrell
G: Deacon 6

Wigan race into a 26-0 half time advantage and are too strong for the Bulls, Amos Roberts grabs a brace of tries at the Grattan Stadium.

Sunday 27th February WCC St George (H) L 15-21

T: Carmont 2
G: Deacon 3
DG: S Tomkins

A crowd of over 24,000 watch the Warriors narrowly defeated by NRL Champions St George Illawarra Dragons in the PROBIZ World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium. Centre George Carmont scores both Wigan tries.

Friday 4th March SL4 Salford City Reds (A) W 32-16

T: Goulding, Charnley, Leuluai 2, Hansen, Mossop
G: Deacon 4 `

Wigan earn a hard fought win against Salford at the Willows, Thomas Leuluai impresses scoring a brace as the Warriors cross for six tries.

Sunday 13th March SL5 Hull FC (H) W 14-12

T:Charnley 2, Hoffman
G: S Tomkins

Wigan win their home SL season opened with just 12 men as Joel Tomkins is dismissed with 15 minutes remaining. Josh Charnley scores two of the Warriors tries in a tight tussle.

Friday 18th March SL6 Huddersfield Giants (A) W 20-6

T: Charnley, O'Loughlin, Hoffman
G: Charnley 4

A great defensive effort sees the Warriors come away with the points at the Galpharm Stadium.

Friday 25th March SL7 Warrington Wolves (H) L 6-24
T: Finch
G: Charnley

A disappointing home performance in front of a bumper 21,000 crowd as the Wolves run out on top.

 

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