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Weekend Recap: Wigan’s Grand Final joy and Lincoln’s title charge

| 14.10.2018

The dust has settled on a thrilling weekend of sport, from Rugby League’s showpiece to NFL’s first Wembley showdown of 2018.

Following the action, we take a look back at the big talking points, including all that – and a flurry of football action on these shores and in the UEFA Nations League…

Wigan give Wane the ideal send-off

Shaun Wane called time on seven seasons as boss of his hometown club Wigan Warriors in perfect fashion, overseeing a Grand Final defeat of Warrington Wolves.

The fixture had more than a hint of déjà-vu about it. This was the third grand final since 2013 where Wigan had seen off the Wire. This one produced a tense 12-4 victory, while 2016’s clash was even tighter at 12-6.

Dom Manfredi was the Warriors’ hero, picking up both tries. As for Wane, he bows out with a haul of three Grand Final triumphs and a Challenge Cup crown as Warriors boss.

And with it, the 54-year-old waves goodbye to the club he joined as a player way back in 1982. So too does fullback Sam Tomkins, who is off to Catalan Dragons.

Joy of Six for lethal Lincoln

Lincoln City tore up the post-war history books on Saturday, netting six times away from home in the Football League for the first time since 1932.

Danny Cowley’s men chalked up a 6-2 victory at Vale Park, with set-pieces the secret behind the powerful Imps’ victory. Four of the visitors’ six goals came from corners, while a route-one first-half goal began with a throw-in.

That result leaves the Imps four points clear at the top of League Two, and top of the form table (with 12 points from the last five games). They’re 11/10 to win the title, and just 1/4 for promotion.

Seahawks do the business at Wembley

London’s annual dose of NFL action kicked off on Sunday, as Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks produced a ruthless 27-3 victory over Oakland Raiders.

Things are going from bad to worse for the Raiders, following new boss’ Jon Gruden’s barmy decision to trade defensive star Khalil Mack in the off-season.

As for the Seahawks, their defence looked extremely comfortable – as they conceded their fewest points in a game since a December 2016 defeat of Los Angeles Rams.

That win over Oakland has bumped Seattle’s record up to 3-3, but they’re still a hefty 80/1 for Super Bowl glory this season.

Gibraltar stun Armenia to make history

International football brought little joy for the Home Nations over the weekend, with England’s bore-draw in Croatia the best any of them fared. But for fans of Gibraltar, Saturday night was one of history-making joy.

The tiny principality team chalked up their first ever competitive victory, pulling off a shock 1-0 Nations League win in Armenia. Experienced winger Joseph Chipolina scored his first goal for the side from the penalty spot, to secure victory.

Next up for Gib is a home Nations League clash with Liechtenstein tomorrow night. Can they make it back-to-back wins? That’s a 21/10 shot.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.