THE DW Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Warrington Wolves of late.

After all, they were yet to win there under Steve Price – until now.

Yes, Wigan had a lot of key players missing and any team will be worse off without the likes of Bevan French, John Bateman and Zak Hardaker in their ranks.

But surely there was enough talent out there to avoid shipping 40 points at home to a near neighbour?

But anyway, enough of that. All the credit has to go to Steve Price’s side for another calm, controlled and ultimately ruthless display.

> Watch all seven Warrington Wolves tries from the win at the DW Stadium here

You would have to go pretty far back to see a Warrington side so comfortably dominant on Wigan turf – indeed this was the most points they have ever racked up in an away match against their neighbours.

And conceivably, they could have had more had Stefan Ratchford kept hold of the ball for a split second longer to touch it down while the same player was also denied by a harsh-looking video referee call.

That formed part of a first half in which The Wire looked like scoring every time they entered Wigan territory.

Another dominant display up front set the platform for the backs – including two of Warrington’s brightest stars of the future – to make their mark.

Josh Thewlis came in for a bit of treatment physically but was nerveless once again at full-back.

With Stefan Ratchford likely to be needed in the halves for a little longer, he has shown he is a more than capable understudy who will only get better.

And what of Connor Wrench? His first senior try in front of the adoring Wire fans will be a moment the Warrington born-and-bred lad will never forget.

That set the tone for a display of great intent and threat. Several first-team players have spoken about him being the fastest in training sprints and he showed his fleet-footedness with two superb line breaks, one of which set up a try for Ben Currie.

On another day, he would have been the stand-out centre on the field. But that honour has to go to Jake Mamo.

There is of course a certain amount of luck to interception tries, but there’s also a sizeable amount of judgement required and he showed that in abundance.

His second long-range score was critical as the first try after the break, allowing his side to keep Wigan at arms’ length even as they started to creep back into contention.

Up against one of the competition’s best players in his position in Oliver Gildart, his contributions in defence had to be just as sparkling as those in attack. They were.

It looks increasingly like his future may lie away from The Halliwell Jones Stadium next year and he served up yet another reminder of what the club and Daryl Powell would be missing.

> 'Mamo, Mamo, sign him up' – Warrington Wolves fans laud their red-hot centre

Momentum is building every week and confidence exudes from every player at the moment.

Whisper it quietly but if it continues, Warrington could be onto something special.


. 40 is the most points Warrington have ever scored in an away match against Wigan

. 26-point margin of Wire victory the biggest home or away since a 40-7 win at Wilderspool in 1956/57 season

. Jake Mamo the first Wire player to score a hat-trick against Wigan since Matt King in 2009 Challenge Cup semi final.

. Joe Philbin makes his 150th Wolves appearance


Super League, Round 12

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wigan Warriors...14 Warrington Wolves...40

Warriors: Jackson Hastings; Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall; Thomas Leuluai, Harry Smith; Ethan Havard, Sam Powell, Oliver Partington, Kai Pearce-Paul, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies. Subs: Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Brad O'Neill, Joe Shorrocks

Wolves: Josh Thewlis; Josh Charnley, Jake Mamo, Connor Wrench, Tom Lineham; Blake Austin, Stefan Ratchford; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Jack Hughes, Ben Currie, Matt Davis. Subs: Joe Philbin, Robbie Mulhern, Jason Clark, Danny Walker

Scoring: Wrench try, 8mins, Ratchford goal, 0-6; Mamo try, 15mins, Ratchford goal, 0-12; Davis try, 22mins; Ratchford goal, 0-18; Powell try, 34mins, Smith goal, 6-18; Mamo try, 43mins, Ratchford goal, 6-24; Isa try, 50mins, 10-24; Gildart try, 57mins, 14-24; Hughes try, 64mins, 14-28; Currie try, 73mins, Ratchford goal, 14-34; Mamo try, 76mins, Ratchford goal, 14-40

Penalties: Warriors 6 Wolves 3

Referee: Robert Hicks

Attendance: 5,527