Match report as Wigan lose 42-30 to Wakefield in the Bank Holiday Monday fixture
18-year-old James Worthington scores twice on debut but Warriors lose out
- Wigan led 20-0 but were pegged back by the visitors
Youngster James Worthington scored two tries on debut but the Warriors went down to defeat Wakefield 42-30 in the Bank Holiday Monday fixture.
The Warriors led 20-0 after 20 minutes with 18-year-old Worthington scoring after three minutes followed by efforts from Lewis Tierney, Liam Marshall, Tommy Leuluai.
Wakefield hit-back though and led at the break after a Bill Tupou hat-trick and one from Mason Caton-Brown to lead 22-20 at the interval.
Danny Kirmond and Anthony England extended the lead for the visitors before Worthington scored his second to make it 36-26. Miller’s try made sure of the win before a last minute consolation try from Marshall.
James Worthington became the seventh Academy debutant of the season coming in at centre for Joe Burgess who missed the game with a minor knee injury. Liam Forsyth also missed out having picked up a concussion in the game at St Helens, Willie Isa moved to centre with Jack Wells at second-row and Romain Navarrete coming in on the bench.
Wakefield made several changes to the team that beat Huddersfield on Friday, the most noticeable being Adam Walker who came in to debut at prop following his move from St Helens.
Just three minutes in Wakefield failed to deal with a lofted kick from George Williams and Worthington pounced to collect and scamper over for a dream start.
Williams couldn’t convert from the touchline but he soon had another chance, that he took, when Lewis Tierney scored in the sixth minute, the full-back finishing off a good move down the left instigated by Williams himself and Liam Farrell. Wigan 10-0 to the good just seven minutes in.
Wakefield threatened the Wigan line for the first time in the 13th minute but the Warriors dealt with the threat and moved up field as Liam Marshall recovered a loose ball. Just a minute later and Marshall was in for Wigan’s third as they moved the ball across the Wakefield line and George Williams’ pass missed out several Wakefield players to find Marshall who stepped inside to score another. 14-0 the Warriors in front.
The Cherry and Whites were making yards with ease and it was summed up to perfection in the 18th minute when from some quick play-the-balls and some good, hard runs they made 80-metres and on the last Williams’ footwork and slick pass allowed Tommy Leuluai to go over under the posts. Williams added the conversion, Wigan 20-0, 20 minutes in.
Wakefield needed a try and fast. They finally got on the front foot with a solid set up the middle, aided by a penalty for lying-on, and went right to Bill Tupou who had just enough to slide in at the corner. Liam Finn couldn’t add the extras but the visitors were on the scoreboard, 20-4.
Wigan were given offside early in the next set and Chris Chester’s side scored a second as quick hands down the right allowed Bill Tupou to go over in the corner again. Finn this time on target with the boot making it 20-10 with ten first half minutes remaining.
Growing into the game at a fair pace the visitors scored a third try five minutes before the interval when Jacob Miller managed to create space down the left and Mason Caton-Brown managed to dive over acrobatically on the left edge. Finn again added another two points and the gap was now just 20-16 in Wigan’s favour.
Wakefield were well on top and took the lead just before the interval when another flowing move down the right allowed Tupou the chance to step inside and complete his hat-trick. Finn’s conversion giving them a 22-20 advantage at half-time.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 20-22 Wakefield Trinity
Five minutes into the second-half Wakefield extended their lead when a lay-off from Sam Williams put Danny Kirmond on the front foot and the back-rower needed no second invite to go over.
Wigan showed some resilience and had back-to-back sets in the Wakefield half as Williams forced a drop-out. Romain Navarrete was held up over the line but a loose pass allowed Wakefield to break and they soon won a penalty in the Warriors’ half for a high shot. Finn added another two to the tally and the visitors led 30-20 with half an hour to go.
Finn was soon lining up another shot at goal, this time for a conversion, as Trinity pushed Wigan back to within touching distance of their try-line and Finn’s bullet pass to Anthony England allowed the prop to barge over. Finn added the two, 36-20 the visitors now ahead.
Wigan needed a lift and Sean O’Loughlin returned to the action and made his presence felt with a thunderous hit in defence that dislodged the ball and gave Wigan a scrum on the Wakefield 30-metre line. The Warriors made their good field position pay as Worthington stepped inside on the left-edge to score his second. Liam Marshall took on the kicking duties and slotted the ball between the uprights, Wigan 26-36 down with 20 minutes to go.
Despite the try Wigan continued to make life hard for themselves with Wakefield continually in the Wigan half when on the attack.
Tupou almost scored a fourth in the 68th minute only for Sean O’Loughlin to chase him back and make a fine try-saving tackle.
The visitors made sure of the game three minutes later though when Jacob Miller scampered through to score the match-winning try for his side. Finn added the conversion, Wigan 26-42 Wakefield.
Liam Marshall added a try in the late stages as he fell over the line from a good cut-out pass but Wakefield ran out winners.
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 30-42 Wakefield Trinity
Wigan Warriors - 30
Tries: James Worthington 2, Lewis Tierney, Liam Marshall 2, Tommy Leuluai
Goals: George Williams 2/4, Liam Marshall 1/2
Wakefield Trinity - 42
Tries: Bill Tupou 3, Mason Caton-Brown, Danny Kirmond, Anthony England, Jacob Miller
Goals: Liam Finn 7/8
Wigan Warriors: 21. Lewis Tierney, 36. Tom Davies, 20. Willie Isa, 41. James Worthington, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7.Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 28. Jack Wells, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 26. Romain Navarrete, 37. Callum Field
Wakefield Trinity 1. Scott Grix, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 15. Ashley Gibson, 24. Mason Caton-Brown, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 33. Adam Walker, 9. Kyle Wood, 17. Craig Huby, 11. Matty Ashurst, 12. Danny Kirmond, 13. Michael Sio
Interchange: 14. Sam Williams, 8. Anthony England, 16. Tinirau Arona, 20. David Fifita
Referee - Chris Campbell