Written by Zack Wilson
Photo by Rex Features
Wigan Warriors lost again in Round Five of the Super League on Friday, getting beaten 14-6 at home by Huddersfield Giants.
That was their fourth defeat in five league games. They have lost five out of six if you count the World Club Challenge defeat to Sydney Roosters too.
One telling stat is that the club’s top try scorer in Super League so far this season is prop Ben Flower, who has crossed the whitewash three times.
That might be useful for him personally to be highlighting his claims to a Great Britain tour place, but it must be troubling for the Warriors coaching staff that a front rower has scored more tries than any of the three-quarters.
That would seem to indicate that there is a problem getting the ball to the backs in scoring positions, which is pretty fundamental to winning games of rugby league.
In total, the Warriors have scored 16 tries, a tally which puts them in eighth place overall in Super League.
They have scored fewer tries than both Hull clubs, as well as Leeds Rhinos. Salford Red Devils have scored the most tries this season, with 27.
The Warriors are also down in eighth place when it comes to tackle busts, with their players breaking tackles 159 times.
Salford also lead the table for that stat, with their players having made 229 tackle busts this season.
Average gain per carry is another stat where the Warriors look poor. They are down in 11th place in the table, with an average gain of 6.47 metres per carry.
Castleford are top with 7.55m per carry, while Warrington Wolves, who face the Warriors this Friday evening, have made an average of 7.53m per carry.
Clean breaks have also been thin on the ground this season. Wigan are bottom of the stats table for clean breaks, having made just 18 in 2019.
They look like a side who are struggling to make ground and struggling to create chances. That is a recipe for disaster,
Club chairman Ian Lenagan has insisted that he believes things will start to improve for the Warriors soon.
“I don’t think it’s a crisis,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s been hard and it’s difficult for our supporters but I’m sure there will come a point when we will all click back into action and there would be no better time to start than at Warrington on Friday night.”
The club has received another blow this week with reports circulating that star stand-off George Williams is set to join NRL club Canberr Raiders on a three-year deal from 2020.
Williams will join former Warriors John Bateman and Ryan Sutton at the Raiders, a sign of just how much talent has been drained away from the DW Stadium in recent years.
With coach Adrian Lam on a temporary one-year deal before the return to the club of Shaun Edwards, this is a strange season for the Warriors.
It looks being a stressful one for the supporters too.
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