Wigan fans’ pride shines through in defeat

Warriors fans at the match
Warriors fans at the match

IT may not have been the result Wigan fans wanted but they certainly did their club proud on both sides of the globe as they watched their side go down 36-14 to Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge.

Around 2,000 made the trip to Australia for the game and their support could be heard throughout the 80 minutes in a catchment of the Allianz Stadium which was decked in cherry and white.

Back home, hundreds packed out the South Stand bar in the DW Stadium to cheer on their heroes with many more in pubs around town which had opened earlier and watching from their front rooms too.

There were glum faces after a whirlwind first 20 minutes that saw the Roosters race to an 18-0 lead. However, after the break, Wigan were given hope through two tries from jet-heeled winger Josh Charnley and one from youngster Joe Burgess inside 15 minutes got them back into the game.

But it wasn’t to be. There would be no repeat of that famous victory in Australia against Brisbane 20 years ago.

There was still, though, an overwhelming feeling of pride among the fans, who have two heavy pieces of silverware from last season to comfort.

Fan Michelle Abraham tweeted: “Wigan Warriors did us proud today as always xx aussie commentary team said we can match it in NRL :-D # very true!”

Joel Smith, who made the trip to Australia, added: “One hell of an experience.

“Wrong result but I WAS THERE #WarriorsDownUnder”