Warrington avenge Challenge Cup defeat

Last updated at 10:11 29 May 2004

Aussie Nat Wood grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Warrington ended a run of nine defeats in a row by their oldest enemies Wigan.

The irrepressible scrum half was the star of the show for the supercharged Wolves to stop the vastly below-par Warriors climbing into the top five.

Warrington skipper Lee Briers also had plenty to celebrate with his third conversion early in the second half clocking up 500 Super League goals.

Briers then swept over for a superb solo try ten minutes from time to confirm the Wolves superiority.

Warrington were bent on avenging their Challenge Cup semi final upset by the Warriors and romped into a 16-0 interval lead.

Improved performance

Wigan had also won the league encounter at the JJB Stadium last month but were rattled by Warrington's much improved performance.

To add insult to injury it was old boy Mike Forshaw who began their troubles by sweeping over from a scrum 30 metres out in the sixth minute.

Terry Newton's smart pass to Brett Dallas put the winger in the clear but it was adjudged forward.

Forshaw, the oldest player in Super League at 34, shrugged off Sean O'Loughlin to touch down for his third try since signing from Bradford this season.

Then Wigan conceded two tries in three minutes with Nat Wood scoring a spectacular solo effort with a mesmerising run, aided by sloppy defence.

The outstanding Mike Wainwright took a return pass from Dean Gaskell to add to the Warriors misery with Briers booting two of the three conversions.

Try disallowed

Martin Aspinwall did have a try disallowed from Newton's kick but Warrington were not playing like a side with only one win from their last eight games.

Wood sold dummies to Gary Connolly and Radlinski to make it 22-0 early in the second half before Craig Smith charged over to open Wigan's account.

Warrington had a let off when Danny Tickle failed to ground the ball over the line from Newton's smart kick as Wigan tried desperately to hit back.

Wood's hat trick came courtesy of Briers kick and video ref Ray Tennant to make it 28-6 before Aspinwall did cross for a legitimate try for outplayed Wigan who notched a late consolation effort from Mark Smith.

Final score:

Warrington Wolves 34 Wigan Warriors 18

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