Wigan overcame the dismissal of Ben Flower to snatch a dramatic 35-28 win over Warrington and ensure the battle for the League Leaders’ Shield will go down to the final weekend of the Super League season.
The Wolves looked to have wrapped up the trophy, which was made ready for presentation at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, when Flower was sent off – for the first time since his dismissal in the opening stages of the 2014 Grand Final – for a late tackle on Warrington half-back Dec Patton on 56 minutes.
Warrington were already holding a 28-14 lead but the 12-man Warriors battled back with three tries in 14 minutes through wingers Josh Charnley and Lewis Tierney to tie the scores.
Matty Smith then edged his side in front with five minutes to go and, as the home side pushed for victory, centre Anthony Gelling settled a pulsating affair with an intercept try.
Warrington still lead by a point and will finish top if they beat second-placed Hull at the KCOM Stadium next Friday, while Wigan look to have earned themselves a home semi-final with a second successive late fightback following their heroics against Hull a week earlier.