Super League: Wigan Warriors 18-8 London Broncos
|Betfred Super League|
|Wigan (6) 18|
|Tries: Shorrocks, Hankinson, Escare Goals: Hardaker 3|
|London (8) 8|
|Tries: Pitts Goals: Dixon 2|
Wigan Warriors fought back to consign Super League's bottom side London Broncos to a seventh straight defeat.
The Broncos took a narrow lead into the break after Jay Pitts responded to Jake Shorrocks' opening try for the hosts.
A handling error from Elliot Kear allowed Chris Hankinson to run in an easy score to put Wigan back in front.
Morgan Escare touched down a kick from George Williams before James Cunningham dropped a fine chance to reduce the arrears with five minutes to go.
The Broncos remain two points adrift at the foot of the table, having not won since beating Leeds in March, but they had enough chances in the second half to get something.
They seemed to be in the ascendency against a far from fluent Wigan side but Kear's mistake handed the Warriors an easy try and with it the momentum.
Despite their largely indifferent performance, Wigan have now won three matches in a row and conceded only one try in the last two outings.
They face Warrington in the Challenge Cup next Sunday, while the Broncos, knocked out in the fifth round by Championship side Halifax, have a week off.
Wigan coach Adrian Lam:
"It wasn't the prettiest game. It was frustrating to watch but, in hindsight. But London's only try came from a kick so to concede one try in two weeks is pretty impressive.
"We've played four games in 13 days and we still have players out of position all over the place. I've told them not to stress too much about it.
"The public want to see more attacking rugby which is what my philosophy is about, but our defence was exceptional. You can see a different hunger in the team."
London head coach Danny Ward:
"This is another one where we've played well and could have got something out of it. We just didn't take our opportunities at the crucial times.
"Wigan raised the bar in a 15-minute period in the second half. We just didn't quite go with them as well as we should have done and that cost us in the end.
"Elliot Kear had a quality game. He's been one of our best players all year. People make errors, the team makes errors. We all make them together and we don't single anyone out. That didn't lose us the game."
Wigan: Hardaker, Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Escare, Williams, J. Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Bullock, Isa, Greenwood, Smithies.
Interchanges: O'Loughlin, Powell, Tautai, Navarrete.
London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Lovell, Yates.
Interchanges: Richards, Hindmarsh, Adebiyi, Pelissier.
Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL)