A purple patch either side of the break proved sufficient for Wigan to see off lowly Ormskirk at Douglas Valley. The scoring started after 6 minutes when Mike Rigby
, Wayne Bullough
and John Lloyd
made inroads and gave Martin Gambles
the chance to jink his way to the line. Andy Whittle hit the first of 5 successful kicks. Unfortunately this was short lived as Ormskirk took advantage of some weak tackling to level things up.
Mid way through the half Wigan regained the lead as forward drive from a penalty saw bulky 2nd rower, John Lloyd
, flop over from short range. Whittle obliged with the conversion and from the restart rangy centre, Jon Hogarth, sent a warning as he scattered the defence but the move broke down.
With 40 minutes gone on the clock Ormskirk again got back into the game with a try as Wigan's defence was found wanting. However, there was still time for Wigan to grab a 3rd try as Jon Hogarth snatched a chip kick from Martin Gambles
and proved too strong as he fought his way over, giving Whittle an easy conversion.
4 minutes after the break any hopes of an Ormskirk revival were extinguished as Hogarth powered over again between the posts. Whittle converted and then added a penalty shortly after for a 29-12 margin.
To their credit Ormskirk refused to capitulate and gave themselves an outside chance of collecting 2 bonus points as they crossed in the corner, though there had been a blatant obstruction in he build up.
Wigan responded and a further spell of pressure in the closing minutes saw Peter Rigby
stride through a weary defence to the posts giving Whittle an easy conclusion to his afternoon's work.
In addition to a bonus point win Wigan were also boosted by the performances of their 3 debutants from the bench. Geordie prop Martin Yarrow
gave them an edge in the scrum whilst Danny
Hornby ran hard in the centre. Youngster Tim Grundy
also gave a good account of himself in the boiler room.