Manfredi Double Earns Wigan Legends Winning Exit

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane sealed his legendary status at this famous Club with their third Grand Final Victory since the start of his tenure and their fifth grand final victory of the current super league era.
This was a majestic demonstration of the defensive qualities that have characterised Wigan this season. They were water tight on a rain soaked evening at old Trafford .
 Dominic Manfredi scored twice to seal a remarkable comeback from nearly two years of injury and what a satisfying day this must be for this illusive winger.
This was a blood and guts encounter with two teams giving their all. it was a high stake emotional rollercoaster with coach of the year Shaun Wane heading for pastures new along with Sam Tomkins , Ryan Sutton and John Bateman.
This was their night and their year and whilst at times it was not pretty, this was “ hard ass” rugby league in a  tough, no nonsense spectacle .

Warrington Wolves played their part, and they are a club with much to be proud of . Two defeats in major competitions this year but how many clubs will swap their achievements with their own this season. Coach Steve Price talks with confidence and pride and he should be be able to look forward to a successful future.

Former Wigan man Josh Charnley opened the scoring after a repeat set and a beautiful passing display by the Warrington backline. The Final pass by man of the match Stefan Ratchford was spectacular. This was a quality score in anybody’s book.

Wigan hit back with wonderful wingers tries with Manfredi touching down for a brace and Tom Davies on the other flank sealing a very impressive season.
The first for Manfredi followed a classical run from Oliver Gildart before he offloaded for his winger to take the four.
Gildart was also involved in the second Wigan score, when he changed the direction of play for George Williams to put in an inch perfect kick for winger Davies to touch down.

The Final score to seal the victory was from another lovely back line movement involving Sean O’Loughlin, Thomas Leuluai and Sam Tomkins for Manfredi to touch down in the corner.
These were well worked scores in a high tempo and at times fiery encounter .

At the end there were plenty of tears from Wane, Tomkins and Manfredi with Wigan fans ironically singing “ it’s always your year” to a Warrington faithful who have none the less had a good year.
Wigan continue to produce players from their production line of talent and that is the standard the Wolves need to match to compete at this level .
Wigan: Tomkins, Manfredi, Gildart, Sarginson, Davies, Williams, Leuluai, Navarrete, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, O'Loughlin.

Substitutes: Clubb, Farrell, Sutton, Escare.

Warrington: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, King, Charnley, Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Thompson, Hughes, Westwood.

Substitutes: Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, King.


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