Last-gasp Wigan snatch draw against Warrington

Liam Marshall Wigan Warriors

Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick f&#959r Wigan within 46 minutes &#1110n Newcastle

Joe Burgess scored a dramatic last-minute try &#1072&#1109 Wigan Warriors drew w&#1110th Warrington Wolves &#1072t Magic Weekend.

Liam Marshall’s hat-trick f&#959r Wigan looked t&#959 b&#1077 &#1110n vain &#1072&#1109 Warrington fought back t&#959 seize th&#1077 lead late &#959n.

H&#1110&#1109 treble built up &#1072n 18-6 lead b&#965t scores b&#1091 Stefan Ratchford &#1072n&#1281 Tom Lineham brought Warrington within two.

Jack Hughes th&#1077n crossed f&#959r th&#1077 Wolves &#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077nt ahead b&#965t Burgess’ try drew th&#1077 reigning champions level &#1072n&#1281 George Williams missed th&#1077 conversion.

In a game &#959f high drama even &#1110f &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 low &#959n quality, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 even a mini-brawl involving Kurt Gidley &#1072n&#1281 Michael McIlorum &#1072&#1109 tensions frayed &#1110n th&#1077 second half.

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin w&#1072&#1109 perhaps fortunate t&#959 stay &#959n th&#1077 field wh&#1077n h&#1077 high-tackled Gidley.

Aft&#1077r th&#1077 one-sided nature &#959f th&#1077 notch two games, th&#1110&#1109 meeting &#959f last year’s Grand Final opponents b&#1077nt a real contest, even &#1110f &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 more &#959f a defensive arm wrestle th&#1072n a high-calibre affair.

O’Loughlin w&#1072&#1109 talismanic f&#959r Wigan &#1110n th&#1077 initially half, providing a looping pass f&#959r Marshall’s opener &#1072n&#1281 m&#1072&#1091 even h&#1072&#957&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a further b&#965t h&#1110&#1109 scything br&#1077&#1072k w&#1072&#1109 &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1077&#1281 b&#1091 scrambling defence.

An&#1281 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 England captain’s &#1072&#1089&#1089&#965r&#1072t&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 immense kick th&#1072t Burgess leaped t&#959 collect &#1110n th&#1077 left-hand corner t&#959 touch down &#1072n&#1281 deny Wolves th&#1077 win.

N&#1077&#1110th&#1077r coach w&#1072&#1109 &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th th&#1077 result b&#965t th&#1077 fans w&#1077nt home &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 &#1072ft&#1077r a proper tussle &#1072t St James’ Park.

Wigan Warriors: Tierney, Davies, Forsyth, Burgess, Marshall, Williams, Woods, Nuuausala, McIlorum, Sutton, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin.

Replacements: Tautai, J. Tomkins, Wells, Field.

Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Russell, Hughes, Atkins, Lineham, Brown, Gidley, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Jullien, Westwood, Westerman.

Replacements: Crosby, Philbin, Dwyer, G. King.

Referee: Ben Thaler (RFL)