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Wigan go top under new coach Maguire

13/02/2010 11:36:11 AM Comments (0)

Wigan made it two from two under new coach Michael Maguire with a comfortable 32-6 victory over Hull KR to go top of the Super League on Friday.

Man of the match Amos Roberts scored two tries with Sean O'Loughlin, Martin Gleeson, Pat Richards and Joel Tomkins also crossing for the hosts, Ben Fisher with the only try for Rovers.

This win followed their opening round 38-6 rout of Crusaders, but Maguire - the former assistant to Craig Bellamy at NRL premiers Melbourne - was not getting carried away by his team's impressive table-topping start.

"It's only round two so there's a long way to go but it's good to be able to play the first two games at home and have the fans support the way they have," said Maguire.

"From my point of view, I was very pleased with the fact we performed for 80 minutes. They are working for each other, especially in defence which is an area we've been working very hard at."

Some of the gloss was taken from Wigan's victory by the loss at halftime of fullback Cameron Phelps, who will go for scans on his injured ankle.

"It's not looking great but we'll find out the extent from scans tomorrow (Saturday)," said Maguire.

Hull also continued their perfect start to the new season as they beat Huddersfield, last season's Challenge Cup finalists, 14-6 at the KC Stadium.

Crusaders won the battle between last season's bottom two at The Willows as they defeated Salford 36-16.

Saturday's sole fixture sees Challenge Cup winners Warrington away to Castleford.

"Warrington have promised a lot in the past and not delivered so we need to be careful," Warrington skipper Adrian Morley said.

"We expect a lot from ourselves and hopefully we will be competing for trophies again this year.

"I think the cup run last year did take a lot of focus and energy off the league and to finish tenth in Super League with the squad we had was terrible.

"The fact that we did win a trophy last year got that monkey off our back a bit and the fans and the players want to kick on from that and get more success now."

On Sunday England wing Ade Gardner will miss St Helens' trip to Bradford after being ruled out for six weeks with a rib cartilage injury while New Zealand centre Sia Soliola is also absent with ankle damage.

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