Season Review - Part Five

Season Review - Part Five

We look back on the Warriors route to Wembley and the Challenge Cup Final win over the Leeds Rhinos.

Carnegie Challenge Cup Review

Wigan were crowned 2011 Carnegie Challenge Cup winners, their first success since 2002 at Murrayfield in what was a special weekend in the Capital.

The Warriors did it the hard way with wins at home to Barrow before a trip to Bradford and Warrington and a Semi-Final success against St Helens.

Wigan overcame Leeds at Wembley in what was a Wembley classic, the highlights two tries from Jeff Lima who won the Lance Todd Trophy and a length of the field touchdown from Joel Tomkins.

Sunday 8th May CC4 Barrow Raiders (H) W 52-0

T: S Tomkins 2, Carmont, Richards, Leuluai 2, Coley, O'Loughlin, Deacon
G: Richards 8

Wigan proved to be too strong for their Championship opponents with a nine try display, young second row forward Jack Hughes came off the bench to make his first team debut.

Sunday 22nd May CC5 Bradford Bulls (A) W 26-22

T: S Tomkins, Richards 2, Finch, Farrell
G: Richards 3

Wigan scored two quick fire tries after the break to open up a 22-6 lead against a Bulls side reduced to 12 men following the sending off of Gareth Raynor. Bradford battled back but the Warriors held on for the win

Saturday 23rd July CCQF Warrington Wolves (A) W 44-24

T: S Tomkins, Charnley 2, Richards 2, Coley, Hansen, O'Loughlin
G: Richards 6

Wigan produced a stunning performance to overcome the Cup favourites on their home soil, the Warriors raced into a 22-0 lead before a Wolves fight back. Two sensational Charnley touchdowns in the second half put Wigan back on top and with it just 80 minutes away from a Wembley appearance.

Saturday 6th August CCSF St Helens (N) Warrington W 18-12

T: S Tomkins, Charnley, Carmont
G:Richards 3

Two quick fire tries at the start of the second half from Josh and Sam open up a 18-2 advantage before a Saints fight back, but the Warriors do enough to earn the deserved win and reach the Challenge Cup Final for the first time in seven years.

Saturday 27th August CCF Leeds Rhinos (Wembley) W 28-18

Wigan Warriors 28
T - Charnley, Lima 2, J Tomkins, Leuluai
G - Richards 4

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Joel Tomkins, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Brett Finch, Jeff Lima, Thomas Leuluai, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Ryan Hoffman, Sean O'Loughlin

Replacements - Michael McIlorum, Paul Prescott, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell

Leeds Rhinos 18
T - Hall 2, Jones-Bishop, Ablett
G - Sinfield

Brent Webb, Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall, Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire, Kylie Leuluai, Danny Buderus, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brett Delaney, Weller Hauraki
Replacements - Rob Burrow, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson
Referee - Phil Bentham
Attendance - 78,482
Lance Trophy Winner - Jeff Lima

Timeline

9 Charnley (Try) 4-0
Richards (Missed Goal)
24 Lima (Try) 8-0
Richards (Goal) 10-0
29 J Tomkins (Try) 14-0
Richards (Goal) 16-0
34 Hall (Try) 16-4
Sinfield (Missed Goal)
37 Jones-Bishop (Try) 16-8
Sinfield (Goal) 16-10
H/T
59 Ablett (Try) 16-14
Sinfield (Missed Goal)
61 Lima (Try) 20-14
Richards (Goal) 22-14
71 Hall (Try) 22-18
Sinfield (Missed Goal)
78 Leuluai (Try) 26-18
Richards (Goal) 28-18

Post Match Reaction

Michael Maguire

"A lot of people don't understand how hard the players work in the background, but when you get opportunities and go out there and perform like they did, then it's worth it.

"This was something very special for everyone connected with the Club; we need to keep our focus whilst appreciating what we have achieved."

Jeff Lima - Lance Todd Trophy Winner

"I've been off the radar for a while so it was nice to be in the right place at the right time. It's a unique opportunity, I can't put into words how I'm feeling.

Pat Richards

"I've been at this Club for six years now, and this is really special. I thought everyone was really professional about the way they approached the game. We gave it the respect it deserved and we came out on top.

Paul Deacon

"This is up there as one of my greatest achievements in the game, particularly with the history of it. To have played in this after watching it as a fan and as a kid growing up, that's very special.

"It's probably the most emotional I've ever been after winning a final, playing for my hometown Club I was a bit choked after the game, I must admit."

Joel Tomkins

"It was nice to score the try and if it gets replayed a couple of times then I'll be happy. It's nice to score a try like that, and Sam even started it off so some of the credit has to go to him."

Ryan Hoffman

"This is a unique competition, stages don't come much bigger than Wembley, they only play big games here and they only let champion teams walk up those steps to receive the trophy. It was something really special and something I'll never forget."

Sam Tomkins

"Walking around at the end with the fans was great, you are just so happy for the fans who follow us everywhere. It's nice when you can hold that trophy up and see all their smiling faces."

 

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