Thornley wants regular spot

Matty Smith celebrates after scoring a try for Wigan at London
Matty Smith celebrates after scoring a try for Wigan at London

IAIN Thornley is hoping to cling onto his first-team place after continuing his tryscoring streak at London.

Thornley, back with Wigan after a brief spell in rugby union, got the nod ahead of Anthony Gelling for the weekend romp in the capital.

And he repaid the faith shown in him by coach Shaun Wane by crossing for his third try in only his second outing.

With long-term absentee Pat Richards not due back for a few weeks, Thornley could have played his way into Wane’s thinking at just the right time.

“We’re coming into the business end of the season and hopefully I can keep in there,” Thornley said. “There’s some strong competition for places, which is good.”

Warriors bounced back from the disappointment of being knocked out of the Challenge Cup the previous weekend in fine style, running in eight tries against the rock-bottom Broncos.

Matty Smith, who along with Thornley was cup-tied for the Leeds game, was also impressive, crossing for his first try in Wigan colours to illustrate the strength in depth at the DW.

“This week was all about us, not London,” Thornley added.

“Shaun drilled it in to us, how we set the tone, how we defend. It was about what we did – not them.

“The fact it was really hot had an effect, it was pretty demanding.

“In the first half we fell away from what we were doing. Waney pointed that out at half-time, and we got the response.”

The victory means Wigan remain three points clear at the top with six games of the regular season remaining.

Meanwhile, next month’s visit of Hull FC – billed as the Big One 4 – will be shown live on Sky TV.

It will be the fourth consecutive year that Sky have shown the Big One event live on TV, with the 2010 clash against Warrington the first-ever Rugby League game to be shown in 3D.

“We are delighted Sky have again recognised the magnitude of the Big One 4 event by selecting it for live coverage,” said Marketing Director Simon Collinson said.

“There will be a massive line-up of family entertainment, a fantastic atmosphere and it will be another night to remember.

Tickets for the Big One 4 on Friday, August 3 (8pm) are still on sale from the ticket office, online and by calling 0871 6633552.