WARRINGTON Wolves returned to action by beating neighbours Wigan Warriors for the second time in four weeks.

This affair was much closer as The Wire had to see off some intense periods of pressure from the visitors.

Josh Thewlis' try on the stroke of half time proved critical, giving Wolves a lead they did not relinquish despite being second-best during the first half.

Liam Marshall had scored twice for Wigan either side of Blake Austin's score.

Wolves, for whom Sitaleki Akauola was a surprise selection on the wing, sealed the win with a long-range Jake Mamo score late on.

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Match facts

Super League, Round 16

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Warrington Wolves...21 Wigan Warriors...8

Wolves: Josh Thewlis; Josh Charnley, Jake Mamo, Toby King, Sitaleki Akauola; Blake Austin, Stefan Ratchford; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Jack Hughes, Ben Currie, Jason Clark. Subs: Joe Philbin, Robbie Mulhern, Matt Davis. Not used: Connor Wrench.

Warriors: Jackson Hastings; Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall; Thomas Leuluai, Harry Smith; Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Tony Clubb, Kai Pearce-Paul, Liam Farrell, Oliver Partington. Subs: Joe Shorrocks, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Amir Bourouh

Scoring: Marshall try, 16mins, 0-4; Austin try, 18mins, Ratchford goal, 6-4; Marshall try, 25mins, 6-8; Thewlis try, 39mins, Ratchford goal, 12-8; Ratchford penalty, 42mins, 14-8; Mamo try, 63mins, Ratchford goal, 20-8; Austin drop goal, 77mins, 21-8

Penalties: Wolves 3 Warriors 5

Sin bin: Mamo (69mins, fighting), Partington (69mins, fighting)

Referee: Robert Hicks

Attendance: 8,014