2021 NRL Jerseys
3 months ago | LeagueUnlimited Media
Andrew Ferguson looks at the 2020 Super League campaign for the League Leaders Shield winners and Grand Finalists Wigan.
2020 was a season of near enough-but-not-good-enough for the Wigan Warriors. They dominated once again, as they always do, reaching the Challenge Cup semi-final and the Super League Grand Final, but failed to collect any silverware.
The Warriors were consistently strong all year, losing just 4 of their 17 Regular Season Super League games, bouncing back after every loss with a win. They dominated Hull FC in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final before being beaten by Leeds in the Semi.
Wigan went on to finish the year with the same number of wins as League Leaders and eventual Premiers St.Helens. They reached the Grand Final and lost a thrilling encounter on the siren when Jack Welsby scored a freakish try to give Saints an 8-4 win.
Challenge Cup Semi Final. Wigan came into this match having had their second string side belted by Saints 42-0. The Warriors then lost the Challenge Cup semi to Leeds. They then had 4 League games, all away from their home ground against solid and tricky outfits. Wigan beat them all then dominated Hull FC 29-2 in the Prelim to advance to the Grand Final.
Bevan French. The speedy fullback was one of the top 3 best players of the year. He scored 15 tries in 2020, 13 in the Super League, equal with Tom Davies and behind only Ash Handley (who had 14 tries). He is pure x-factor at the back and Adrian Lam used him brilliantly throughout the year.
Clutch plays. Sure, it was only 2 games where it mattered, but it cost them a Challenge Cup Final appearance and a Super League title.
Bevan French was dominant as already mentioned, which saw him named as Wigan's player of the year and player's player of the year. He was also named in the Super League Dream team. Liam Farrell was also a standout player, picking up Wigan's Coach's player of the year award and also being named in the Super League Dream team.
The Warriors gave Super League debuts to 5 players in 2020. Kai Pearce-Paul, James McDonnell, Sam Halsall, Umyla Hanley (son of former Superstar Ellery Hanley) and Ben Kilner. Ethan Havard in his second season, after playing just 1 game last year, was named as Wigan's Young Player of the Year.
Wigan has picked up two very good signings for 2021, with young NRL half Jai Field and England Test player and former Canberra Raider John Bateman returning to the club after 2 seasons in the NRL. While the signings are impressive, Wigan will see 11 of their 2020 squad departing the club.
Morgan Escare, Joe Burgess and Jack Wells are all heading to Salford, Craig Mullen and Ben Flower will be going to Leigh, Max Roberts, James Barran and Ben Holcroft will line up for Oldham, Harry Rushton will try his hand at the NRL with the Canberra Raiders, Nathan Wilde will line up for Newcastle and club legend Sean O'Loughlin has retired.
Wigan has culled a lot of depth players, however they still have a very strong all-round side, meaning they will be a top 4 side comfortably, yet again.
|SL R1||Jan 30th||Warrington||W||16 - 10||Lam||O'Loughlin||DW Stadium|
|SL R2||Feb 7th||Castleford||L||12 - 16||Lam||O'Loughlin||Mend-a-Hose|
|SL R4||Feb 23rd||Hull FC||W||26 - 12||Lam||Leuluai||DW Stadium|
|SL R5||Mar 1st||Huddersfield||W||42 - 10||Lam||Leuluai||John Smith's|
|SL R6||Mar 8th||Hull KR||W||30 - 16||Lam||Leuluai||DW Stadium|
|SL R7||Mar 13th||Salford||L||14 - 18||Lam||Leuluai||AJ Bell|
|SL R8||Aug 9th||Wakefield||W||23 - 22||Lam||Leuluai||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R9||Aug 16th||Leeds||W||28 - 10||Lam||Farrell||Totally Wicked|
|SL R18||Aug 30th||Castleford||W||30 - 22||Lam||Leuluai||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R11||Sep 3rd||Hull KR||L||18 - 34||Lam||Farrell||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R10||Sep 12th||Catalans||W||28 - 12||Lam||Leuluai||Gilbert Brutus|
|CC QF||Sep 19th||Hull FC||W||36 - 4||Lam||O'Loughlin||AJ Bell|
|SL R13||Sep 25th||Wakefield||W||28 - 16||Lam||Leuluai||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R14||Sep 29th||St Helens||L||0 - 42||Lam||Greenwood||AJ Bell|
|CC SF||Oct 3rd||Leeds||L||12 - 26||Lam||O'Loughlin||Totally Wicked|
|SL R15||Oct 9th||Warrington||W||18 - 14||Lam||O'Loughlin||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R17||Oct 23rd||Salford||W||58 - 12||Lam||Leuluai||Totally Wicked|
|SL R19||Oct 30th||St Helens||W||18 - 6||Lam||Leuluai||Totally Wicked|
|SL R20||Nov 6th||Huddersfield||W||19 - 6||Lam||Leuluai||Emerald Headingley|
|SS PF||Nov 19th||Hull FC||W||29 - 2||Lam||O'Loughlin||DW Stadium|
|SS GF||Nov 27th||St Helens||L||4 - 8||Lam||O'Loughlin||KCOM Stadium|