Recent opening day history

Recent opening day history

Tuesday’s fixture announcement revealed that Wigan would kick off the 2020 Betfred Super League season at home to Warrington Wolves.

This is the first in four years that the Warriors have begun a campaign at the DW Stadium, meanwhile the last time they faced the Wolves in an opening game was back in 2007.

Despite a defeat in last year’s opener, the Warriors have fared pretty well in the past few years.

We take a look back at how Wigan have started the season in recent times:

Widnes 22-22 Wigan (Halton Stadium, 5th February 2015):

The 2015 season for Wigan started with a hard fought 22-22 draw with Widnes Vikings.

Joe Burgess (left) celebrating with Joel Tomkins

Despite taking 16-0 lead after half an hour, thanks to a try from Joel Tomkins and a double from Anthony Gelling, the home side were able to fight back and narrow the deficit.

The job looked to be completed when Joe Burgess went over in the 56th minute, only for the Vikings to respond again with a late try, seeing the game end in a draw.

Wigan 12-6 Catalans Dragons (DW Stadium, 5th February 2016):

The last time Wigan began a Betfred Super League campaign at the DW Stadium was back in 2016, where they fought off Catalans Dragons in a 12-6 victory.

Michael McIlorum scoring against Catalans in 2016

Michael McIlorum scored twice in a short amount of time to see the Warriors head into the break with a 10-0.

Despite a second half fight back from the Dragons, Matty Smith converted a penalty to see out the game.

Salford 16-26 Wigan (AJ Bell Stadium, 11th February 2017):

2017 for Wigan began with a trip to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Salford Red Devils.

Liam Farrell in action against the Red Devils on the opening day in 2017

Oliver Gildart went over twice in a 16-26 victory for the Warriors, with Joe Burgess, George Williams and Sam Tomkins also getting tries of their own.

The win set the side up very well for the following week, when they claimed their fourth World Club Challenge title with a win over Cronulla Sharks.

Salford 12-40 Wigan (AJ Bell Stadium, 2nd February 2018):

The Warriors began the 2018 season off emphatically with a victory away to Salford Red Devils for the second year running.

Tony Clubb celebrating scoring against Salford in 2018

Despite going behind after only three minutes, Wigan fought back and proved too strong.

Oliver Gildart and Liam Marshall both went over twice, whilst Tom Davies, Morgan Escare and Tony Clubb were also on the scoresheet in the 40-12 victory.

Sam Tomkins was also in great kicking form, missing only one conversion, whilst George Williams and Sam Powell put in influential performances.

St Helens 22-12 Wigan (Totally Wicked Stadium, 31st January 2019):

Adrian Lam’s first game in charge didn’t get off to the desired start last season, as the campaign begun with a 22-12 defeat away to Saints.

Liam Marshall scoring against Saints last January

After only two minutes of play the Warriors were trailing, before the home side bagged a second after a quarter of an hour.

Despite tries from Ben Flower and Liam Marshall to pull things level at the break, Saints edged it in the second half to take the two points.

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