Wigan defeat brave Wolves in Super League

By Ian Laybourn, PA

Warrington coach Steve Price spoke of his pride after watching his 12-man team go down 16-10 to Wigan in an eventful Super League opener.

Price's team had to play a man short for almost an hour after skipper Chris Hill was sent off for a high tackle on Sam Powell which resulted in a penalty try and the Wigan hooker being carried off on a stretcher.

The Wolves also had fellow front rower Mike Cooper sin-binned 17 minutes from the end for obstruction, and it was while they were down to 11 men that Wigan scored their decisive third try through winger Liam Marshall.

"We still had a chance to level the scores at the end, so I'm super proud. It shows the belief we've got amongst the group," Price said.

Beaten in eight of their past nine league matches in 2019, Warrington made a dream start to 2020 as they raced into an 8-0 lead with a try from Ben Murdoch-Masila and two goals from Stefan Ratchford.

Man-of-the-match Bevan French then struck back for Wigan, who led 12-10 at half-time, but they needed a late try from Marshall to clinch the win.

"I'm really happy," Wigan coach Adrian Lam said. "This time last year we were on minus two.

"Clearly we should have scored more points, but we were clunky. I think when we lost Sam Powell we lost our way a little bit, and George Burgess went before him.

"I thought our young players in the forward pack were pretty good and I was happy with Bevan French at fullback. I think he's going to set Super League alight in 2020."