London Broncos last did the double over Wigan back in 2005 when most of the current Broncos squad were still at school. They arrived at the DW looking for that next elusive win having been on a run of defeats since the away win at Leeds earlier in the season.
It was the Broncos who opened the scoring following a penalty in front of the posts which Kieran Dixon duly converted.
The Warriors were never going to be kept quiet for long however and on 16 minutes Jake Shorrocks found the gap and was over next to the posts. Zak Hardaker converted and the Broncos were behind six to two.
The Broncos clearly had a game plan and they were sticking to it like glue and it paid off after Jay Pitts went over the line on 20 minutes and the Video referee James Childs, decided he had enough downward pressure to give the score. Dixon again converted and the Broncos led eight, six.
The Broncos continued for the rest of the half just completing their sets and finding touch much to the chagrin of the Wigan side and as the hooter went for halftime the visitors had held onto their lead.
The pattern of play took the same feel as the second half started and the sets were traded back and forth for the first minutes. On 48 minutes however London won a scrum on their five metre line. The ball was played out to Elliot Kear who lost the ball and there was Hankinson to pick up and dive over the line. Hardaker was perfect with the boot all evening and converted.
The Broncos then had some pressure of their own as Rhys Williams was inches away from his 100th Broncos try but it was Wigan warriors who would score again this time after a flowing move out wide with Morgan Escare touching down behind the posts to extend the lead to 18 points to 8.
On 74 minutes Kieran Dixon took a ball and was clear through. He cut back inside and passed to Cunningham who had a clear route through but the pass was dropped and the move was done.
The hooter went and London had fallen short here at the DW Stadium. They will look at this as a missed opportunity to get some more points on the board as they battled but could not get over that final hurdle.
Next up is Wakefield Trinity at home on 18th May
Wigan Warriors :- Hardaker, Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Escare, Williams, Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Bullock, Isa, Greenwood, Smithies
Interchanges:- O’Loughlin, Powell, Tautai, Navarette
Tries :- Shorrocks , Hankinson, Escare
Goals:- Hardaker 3/3
London Broncos :- Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Lovell, Yates
Interchanges:- Adebiyi, Hindmarsh, Pelissier, Richards
Goals:- Dixon 2/2