Wigan destroyed a weakened Hull KR side 60-0 at the DW stadium to continue closing down league leaders Leeds.
A Joe Burgess hat-trick helped Wigan run away with the game. Youngster George Williams earned himself a brace while Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Joel Tomkins, George Williams, Dan Sarginson, Dom Manfredi and Taulima Tautai all crossed the line as well. A total of eleven tries.
Coach Shaun Wane said: “We spoke about our defence being good and to keep Rovers out for the whole game is a big positive.”
Burgess said: “It feels good to get a hat-trick that’s what wingers are meant to do but on a team level it was a real professional performance.”
Man of the match Sarginson said: “Our wingers can’t stop scoring which is good and we’ve been on a role recently so we need to keep it up.”
For Hull KR it was a dismal evening, only making one clean break through the whole eighty minutes. However Chris Chester’s side were missing seven first team players with three pulling out in the last 24 hours.
Chester said: “It was men against boys tonight but we did show a bit of spirit in the second half and we just need to draw a line under this now.”
Wane acknowledged KR’s depleted side: “I understand Rovers are a bit busted at the moment and we know it’ll be a different test in two weeks in the cup.”
Not surprisingly it was Wigan who took the lead and it only took three minutes to do so. It was Crosby who scored his second try in two weeks as he took advantage of Smith’s well timed pass.
Burgess soon got his name on the scoresheet when he broke from his own half then came a one-two of passes with Williams before the winger finished. Kieran Dixon would then kick the ball out on the full from the resulting kick-off meaning the Warriors could pile more pressure on the visitors.
From this Farrell crossed after he ran off Williams’ ball with no KR defenders getting near him. It was Farrell who broke from deep on Wigan’s next play before he offloaded out wide to Burgess who went over for his second in five minutes.
Wigan were in again on the quarter hour mark. Quick hands came out to the right hand side, Dan Sarginson offloaded to Tomkins who managed to get to the line. It was eight long minutes, by this games pace, before Wigan added to their tally. Williams shaped up to pass and three KR defenders fell for the dummy before the half-back strolled to the line without anybody laying a hand on him.
The home dominance continued into the second forty as they scored two minutes into the half. A Smith cross field kick was palmed down by Burgess to Farrell who gave it to Sarginson to score in the corner.
Manfredi’s try scoring form continued as he picked up a loose Derek Bateman pass before powering past three KR defenders to get the ball down. Forward Tautai scored his first Wigan try a few minutes later as he took Smith’s short ball before going twenty yards to score.
Williams showed his class with twenty minutes to go when he shaped to kick before stepping through the KR line from forty yards out. The youngster sprinted to the line stepping the KR defenders and beating full-back Dixon for pace in the process, a truly brilliant solo try. It was Williams’ kick to the corner with just minutes left which awarded Burgess his hat-trick try.
It was a comfortable victory for Wigan against a much weakened KR side. Wigan travel to Castleford next weekend whilst Hull KR host bottom club Wakefield.
Wigan: Hampshire, Manfredi, Tomkins, Sarginson, Burgess, Williams, Smith, Crosby, Mcilorum, Flower, Farrell, Bateman, Patrick.
Subs: Powell, Clubb, Tautai, Sutton.
Hull KR: Dixon, Cockayne, Welham, Horne, Sio, Blair, Kelly, Walker, Boudebza, Burke, Larroyer, McCarthy, Donaldson.
Subs: Green, Ollett, Guzdek, Esslemont.