Nearly at the mid-way point through 2016 and this season has seen some clubs produce emphatic performances that has helped some dominate the ladder thus far.
One of the clubs up there are Wigan Warriors, who currently sit in third position.
However, their overall performances haven’t been aesthetically pleasing as despite sitting in such a high position, thy have suffered some heavy defeats.
The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats dealt a serious humiliation on the Warriors, flattening them 62-0 and most recently, the Wolves piled on more misery with a 40-10 blitz last time out.
These results have help made the Warriors placing of third rather ludicrous, having a points difference of -25 next to them.
Wigan have been a dominant force since Michael Maguire took over in 2010 and helped them to become champions that season.
Shaun Wane took over in 2012 and has had a significant amount of success that success seems to be dwindling as Wigan haven’t managed a trophy since 2013 and that drought looks set to continue this season.
So what’s happening at Wigan? Where has their dominance gone? What has happened to the team whose speed and power use to leave their opposition for dead?
Many have criticised Wane’s coaching tactics, claiming he’s too hard on the players.
This might be the case, who could forget his infamous statement of “50 push ups for each error committed!!” following their surprise defeat at Hull KR last season.
If this remained the punishment, Taulima Tautai would have been left the most exhausted following his horror performance last night that earned him the ‘liability’ tag from the Sky Sports team.
The Warriors have looked rather ordinary this season, though a lack of a first choice halfback combination is probably involved.
Matty Smith has tried his best to keep Wigan an exciting attacking force, but the absence of last season’s Young Player of the Year George Williams is proving crucial.
Williams did return somewhat last night, but started from the bench to help ease his transition back into the team.
The young Nick Gregson is filling in but can’t seem to generate a dangerous attack with Smith for the Warriors.
The Warriors still also remain without former Man of Steel Sam Tomkins following his lengthy injury picked up in last season’s NRL.
The Warriors have played some impressive rugby this season, still showing quick handling out to their three-quarters.
However, clubs aren’t being as caught as they used to by this tactic and simultaneously have relied a lot of forward drives down the centre of the park.
Are the Warriors getting past it under Wane’s coaching and should there be changes?
Some want rid of Wane and whether this is the answer or not, if he stayed, should the tactics change and nothing else?
Some are still satisfied with the outcome of matches for the Warriors as they currently sit in third, which is a fantastic achievement and supporters have credited Wigan for grinding wins in ugly fashion.
However, recently they defeated Huddersfield Giants but had to rely on two sin-bins and a drastically high penalty count in their favour as the Giants looked good money for the win.
The manner of the win led to fierce criticism for supporters for supposedly intimidating match official Joe Cobb and they have a case as the young officials style of officiating did change during the second half.
So will Wigan return to be a dominant force and if so, when?
Will Tomkins be the savour or are changes needed elsewhere to amend this?
What’s your say?