Josh Woods’s last-minute drop goal gives Wigan victory over Warrington

first_imgShare on Twitter Super League Meanwhile Kevin Sinfield has described the opportunity to return to Leeds as too good to resist after being appointed as their director of rugby in a radical shake-up of the Super League champions’ senior management.Leeds, who sacked Brian McDermott on Monday after his eight seasons in charge, have moved swiftly with Sinfield returning to the club where he spent his entire 19-year playing career that ended in 2015. The 37-year-old will oversee the club’s rugby operation, with the former Bradford coach James Lowes appointed as first‑team coach.“I don’t think you get many opportunities to join the biggest club in the game,” Sinfield said. “I’m delighted to be back; the role is everything I want it to be. It’s a dream job.” Share on LinkedIn Rugby league … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share via Email Read more Support The Guardian Topics It looked as though the spoils would be shared courtesy of a former Wigan great. Josh Charnley’s try with three minutes remaining levelled the scores at 12-12, handing Stefan Ratchford the chance to kick Warrington ahead for the first time from the touchline.Just as he and Bryson Goodwin had done earlier, Ratchford pushed his attempt wide: allowing Woods his chance to secure victory in the final seconds. “He’s a cool player, he’s very skilful,” said his coach, Shaun Wane.Woods’ moment of brilliance means second-placed Wigan are four points ahead of Warrington. As the season approaches its final furlong, while Wigan remain unlikely to mount a challenge capable of overhauling the Super League leaders St Helens, the odds on a home semi-final are shortening.Wigan looked as though they would rue failing to add to the eight-point lead they established by half-time. Tries by Tom Davies and Liam Paisley either side of Toby King’s try made it 12-4 at the break.Prolonged pressure from the visitors bore fruit heading into the final quarter when Tom Lineham scored but Warrington were again off-target with the goal, Ratchford missing this time. Charnley’s dramatic finish in the corner set up a grandstand finish in which Woods nervelessly stepped forward to settle proceedings. Wigan Warriors You suspect there will be many more memorable moments in the career of Josh Woods but, in only his seventh senior appearance for Wigan, this one will take some beating.The latest product of Wigan’s production line has been thrust in at the deep end, tasked with replacing the England stand-off George Williams while keeping Wigan’s title challenge on track. Whatever happens next, Woods will never forget the drop goal with seconds remaining that handed Wigan a win they may look back on as decisive in the race for the play-offs. Huddersfield continue revival under Simon Woolford with win over Hull Super League XXIII (2018) Share on Pinterest Warrington Share on Facebook Huddersfield continue revival under Simon Woolford with win over Hull Since you’re here… match reports Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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