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Widnes 32 Wigan 33

Lewis Tierney, son of dual-code great Jason Robinson, made a tryscoring debut as Super League leaders Wigan Warriors claimed a thrilling victory at Widnes Vikings.
Widnes 32 Wigan 33

Lewis Tierney, son of dual-code great Jason Robinson, made a tryscoring debut as Super League leaders Wigan Warriors claimed a thrilling victory at Widnes Vikings.

The 18-year-old touched down while an injury-ravaged Warriors side made the early running at the Select Security Stadium, but it needed a late Scott Taylor score to clinch victory.

Even then it was not over as Patrick Ah-Van completed a hat-trick and Jack Owens converted to bring Widnes back within a point with just over a minute remaining, yet Wigan held on.

The youthful Wigan side had led 16-4 but trailed 26-22 after a Rhys Hanbury-orchestrated Widnes fightback.

A late burst which included Anthony Gelling's second try, a drop goal from the tremendous Sam Powell and Taylor's effort just proved enough.

Many eyes had been on Tierney with his father, who also made his Wigan debut at 18, watching in the crowd.

If the expectations on Tierney were not great enough, he was asked to fill in for the game's current superstar, Sam Tomkins, in an unfamiliar side.

Wigan had nine first-teamers out but were still quickly into their stride as Tomkins' brother Logan drove over from dummy half after just three minutes.

Widnes produced a quick response as Ah Van charged over in the corner from a powerful flat pass by Hanbury.

Tierney showed some nimble footwork as he chased back to claim a high Hanbury kick under pressure and soon made a telling contribution in attack.

The Warriors moved upfield expertly and Tierney was on hand to take a Chris Tuson pass and cross in the corner.

Josh Charnley curled over an excellent touchline conversion and Wigan looked in complete command after scrum-half George Williams showed great vision to pick out Gelling with a crossfield kick.

However, Widnes then stunned Wigan with two tries in the closing 13 minutes of the first half.

Hanbury first burst through a small gap to send giant forward Adam Lawton over and further showed his creative abilities to set up another with a deft kick for Owens to pass inside to Frank Winterstein.

With Owens converting both, the scores were level at the break, but some of the Vikings’ good work was undone early in the second half.

Widnes carelessly allowed Charnley to break through a tackle and the winger capitalised by racing the length of the field to cross for the eighth consecutive match.

He converted his own try and Wigan almost had another on their next attack, only for Gelling to be denied by a forward pass.

Hanbury was not prepared to let Widnes lie down and levelled the scores again with a superb individual effort after collecting a good offload from Dave Allen.

Wigan were frustrated when Harrison Hansen was denied by the video referee and Widnes countered quickly to take the lead as Hanbury picked out Ah Van with another fine pass.

Ah Van then thought he had his hat-trick but was ruled to have just been pushed into touch by the video referee.

Wigan made the most of that reprieve with a break upfield that saw Gelling cross to level the scores.

Charnley could not manage the conversion but Wigan did edge back ahead when Powell landed a drop goal with eight minutes remaining.

Powell made an even more impressive intervention moments later with a darting run and brilliant pass for Taylor to claim the decisive try.

Ah Van squeezed over in the corner to set up a thrilling finish but the Warriors clung on.

Widnes Vikings 32
Tries: Patrick Ah-Van 3, Adam Lawton, Frankie Winterstein, Rhys Hanbury
Goals: Jack Owens 4

Wigan Warriors 33
Tries: Anthony Gelling 2, Logan Tomkins, Lewis Tierney, Josh Charnley, Scott Taylor
Goals: Josh Charnley 4
Field Goals: Sam Powell

Date: Friday 7th June 2013
Venue: Stobart Stadium Halton
Crowd: 6,528
Referee: Jamie Child
Half Time: 16-all

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