September 18, 2021

Wigan crush Leigh after double red card

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A 15th-minute brawl saw Wigan’s Brad Singleton and Leigh’s Jack Ashworth – who only emerged off the bench in the 13th minute – red carded. The Warriors scored 50 points as Umyla Hanley (hat-trick), Thomas Leuluai, Liam Farrell (two), Sam Halsall, Joe Shorrocks, Jackson Hastings all scored

Last Updated: 01/08/21 5:48pm

Umyla Hanley notched a hat-trick as Wigan put 50 points past Leigh on Sunday Umyla Hanley notched a hat-trick as Wigan put 50 points past Leigh on Sunday

Umyla Hanley notched a hat-trick as Wigan put 50 points past Leigh on Sunday

Wigan registered their fourth Super League win in five games as they ran in nine tries against bottom club Leigh in a match that saw both teams reduced to 12 men.

A chaotic start resulted in three tries and two red cards inside the opening 15 minutes before the Warriors took charge to claim a 50-6 success at the DW Stadium.

Thomas Leuluai and Liam Hood traded early tries before Umyla Hanley grabbed the first of his treble as Jack Ashworth – on his second Leigh debut – and Brad Singleton were dismissed for punching.

Liam Farrell and Hanley finished the first-half scoring as Wigan led 28-6 at the break, with Sam Halsall, Joe Shorrocks and Jackson Hastings grabbing tries before Hanley completed his hat-trick late on as Leigh remain winless after 14 Super League matches this season.

Harry Smith added seven successful efforts off the tee at the DW Stadium Harry Smith added seven successful efforts off the tee at the DW Stadium

Harry Smith added seven successful efforts off the tee at the DW Stadium

Wigan opened the scoring after just four minutes when Leuluai threw a dummy pass to Willie Isa and the scrum-half went through a massive gap to race over and score.

Leigh hit back almost immediately as they marched upfield on the back of a penalty and a six-again restart to put pressure on Wigan’s line. Mark Ioane went close before Liam Hood barged over from acting half-back to score, with Jamie Ellis converting to level the scores at 6-6.

And it did not take long for Wigan to retake the lead. Hastings took the Centurions’ defence on before sending a cut-out pass to Hanley, who collected and expertly dived over in the corner.

Ashworth was introduced into the action in the 13th minute and was soon involved as he starting trading punches with Singleton after the Warriors were awarded a penalty. Both players were then sent from the field by referee Scott Mikalauskas.

A 15th minute brawl on the pitch saw Wigan's Brad Singleton and Leigh's Jack Ashworth both red carded A 15th minute brawl on the pitch saw Wigan's Brad Singleton and Leigh's Jack Ashworth both red carded

A 15th minute brawl on the pitch saw Wigan’s Brad Singleton and Leigh’s Jack Ashworth both red carded

Wigan extended their lead with their third try thanks to a great team score. A neat run around from Harry Smith and Kai Pearce-Paul sent the half-back through a massive gap. After Smith was tackled, John Bateman took the line on and his pass was expertly flicked on by Hastings and Farrell collected it to touch down.

Two tries in the final two minutes of the half saw Wigan end this game as a contest. Farrell sent Hanley in for his second try after good work from Hastings before the second-rower also grabbed his second score after Smith made a break on the hooter.

Wigan dominated the second half, as expected, with Farrell, Jake Bibby and Liam Byrne all going close.

The Warriors grabbed their sixth try in the 54th minute as Hastings once again terrorised the Leigh defence.

Sam Halsall celebrates his Wigan try - one of nine the Warriors notched on the day Sam Halsall celebrates his Wigan try - one of nine the Warriors notched on the day

Sam Halsall celebrates his Wigan try – one of nine the Warriors notched on the day

He attacked the right and offloaded to Shorrocks, who sent Halsall in for his first try for the club. Smith converted and the Warriors were out of sight at 34-6.

Three more tries compounded a miserable afternoon for the Centurions. Amir Bourouh made a break from his own half before he offloaded to Smith, who sent Shorrocks crashing over.

Hastings grabbed Wigan’s eighth try after he collected a kick back inside from Halsall, while Hanley completed his hat-trick as Smith finished with 14 points with the boot.