Wigan travelled to Radcliffe Road this weekend to take on a resurgent Bury side whose recent form looked dangerous for a Wigan side licking their wounds after last week’s defeat to Ormskirk.
Wigan got off to a good start when in the 8th minute, Sam Gee fielded a loose clearance on the Wigan 10 metre line and sent the ball out left. Adam Dwyer took the ball on down the inside left channel before putting Aseri Biutanaseva through. The Fijian centre squared up the fullback before putting Brad Makinson over in the corner.
Wigan looked strong and the dry and mild conditions played into the hands of the Wigan back line. With Wigan awarded a penalty deep within the Bury half, Danny Winrow took the initiative, shunning an easy two points with a quick tap. The gamble paid off as Winrow put Adam Dwyer through the gap with only one man to beat. The Bury fullback made a valiant effort but Dwyer managed to pop the ball up for Kilian Wallace to take the ball over from 15 yards. Dwyer added the conversion.
Wigan took the attack to Bury on every possession and so it was when Wigan were awarded a scrum on their own 10 metre line. Sam Gee took the ball from Mikey Bristow before putting in a miss pass to fullback Brad Makinson. Makinson made good yards, cutting through the Bury defence before shipping the ball out to Danny Winrow on the wing. Winrow drew the fullback and put Kilian Wallace through for his second of the day. Adam Dwyer added the conversion to take the half time score to 0-19.
After the half, Bury came back into the game and it looked for a time that they would get themselves onto the score sheet. On 55 minutes, Wigan worked themselves into good position again, this time Tom Wilson took the ball on before finding John Blan in space out wide. Blan handed off his opposite man before out pacing the scrambling cover defender to take the ball over the line.
Wigan were straight back on the defensive, as Bury put the defence under persistent pressure. Wigan’s rearguard action was tested for a full 15 minutes as Bury enjoyed excellent territory and possession. Each attack was repelled and Wigan took new heart from surviving the onslaught.
Wigan seemed to gain energy from the successful defence and worked their way upfield. A loose Bury lineout was cleared up by Mikey Bristow who dodged and weaved infield before putting Adam Dwyer through to fight over under the sticks. Dwyer added the conversion.
Wigan rounded off a successful day as quick tap was taken on the edge of the Bury 22. John Foster took the ball in and was brought down agonisingly short, Tom Wilson was on hand to pick the ball and dive over the line. Adam Dwyer added the conversion to take the final score to 0-38, a win that take Wigan back to the top spot in the ADM first division.
Wigan’s next game is this coming weekend as they travel to ADM Premier Division side, Widnes, in a mid-season friendly with kick off scheduled for 2.15pm.