- Match Report as Wigan Warriors beat Wakefield Trinity at the DW Stadium on Thursday Night
- Warriors see off Trinity to take the two points in a close affair
- Tries from Gildart,Powell Escare and Greenwood for Wigan
The Warriors made it another win as they saw off Wakefield in a closely contested affair at the DW Stadium. Wigan got their noses in front in the first forty, Oliver Gildart going over in the corner after just one minute after some good work on the left edge. Wigan were in again in the 19th as Sam Powell worked himself over the line and put Wigan 10-0 to the good. Wakefield got one back through an individual effort from Johnstone but a Sam Tomkins drop goal edged Wigan to a 11-6 lead at half time.
Wigan edged ahead in the second half, Sam Tomkins adding a penalty goal after a high shot on Hamlin but Bill Tupou kept Wakefield close with an effort on the left edge. Escare got the Warriors out to a nine-point lead with 13 minutes to go, powering down the left edge to dive onto a kick through to the corner, Wigan 19-10 ahead. Joe Greenwood found a way over with full time approaching, the effort converted to give Wigan the 25-10 victory.
Wigan name a similar side to the one who beat St Helens less than a week ago. Try scorers from the derby John Bateman, Oliver Gildart and Dan Sarginson all started. Tommy Leuluai the scrum-half with Sam Powell utilised as hooker.
Wakefield back-rower Chris Annakin and Centre Joe Arundel both returned to the side for the visitors. Former Wiganer Ryan Hampshire also started for Trinity.
Wigan started impeccably, running the attack straight from the kick off and good hands on the left-hand wing allowed Gildart to go over acrobatically in the corner after latching on to a fired pass out wide. Wakefield soon found pace though, working well inside Wigan territory, but a Scott Grix kick through was watched out of play by Davies for a Goal Line Drop Out and Wigan still had the advantage. Sam Powell extended Wigan’s lead in the 19th minute after a clever scoot from dummy-half saw the number seven go over, the effort converted by Sam Tomkins to make it 10-0 in Wigan’s favour. Wakefield pressed the line well but Wigan backed up better in defence to deny the visitors any chance of a score. Matty Ashurst was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on Gabe Hamlin with six minutes to go before half time, but Wakefield got themselves back in the game immediately after, Tom Johnstone intercepting a pass and racing 80m to get the score, converted by Ryan Hampshire to close the gap to 10-6 Wigan. Wakefield threatened again shortly before half time but the Wigan defence held firm and headed up the other end. Sam Tomkins added a drop goal on the half time hooter to send Wigan in with the 11-6 lead.
Sam Tomkins took Wigan further ahead in the 43rd minute, Annakin catching Hamlin high close to his own goal line and the Wigan full back was on hand to slot over the two-pointer. Wigan asked questions of the Wakefield defence, Tony Clubb and Tom Davies both close but it remained 13-6 Wigan. Wakefield got a lifeline in the 56th minute, Bill Tupou going over on the left edge after a penalty took Trinity upfield, Hampshire slicing the conversion attempt wide of the posts. Wigan pushed for a response though, forcing a goal line drop out before earning another set of six as Sam Tomkins’ kick on the last was played at but Wakefield were equal to the pressure and managed to keep the Warriors out. Scott Grix was sent to the sin bin in the 62nd minute following a dangerous tackle on Greenwood just short of the Wakefield goal line, but again Wigan couldn’t get their reward as the pass out to Tom Davies was called forward. Morgan Escare took Wigan further ahead in the 67th minute, sprinting down the left edge to get hands on a smart kick through to the corner from Williams and the effort converted from the touchline by Tomkins for 19-10 Wigan. Greenwood wrapped up the game in the 77th minute, forcing his way over and taking a number of defenders with him, the effort converted by Tomkins to make it 25-10 to Wigan at the full time hooter.
Wigan Warriors – 25
Wigan team: J.Bateman, T.Clubb, T.Davies, M.Escare, B.Flower, O.Gildart, J.Greenwood, G.Hamlin, W.Isa, T.Leuluai, D.Sarginson, R.Navarrete, S.O’Loughlin, G.Williams, S.Powell, S.Tomkins, R.Sutton
Tries: Gildart, Powell, Escare Goals: Tomkins 4/5 Drop Goals: Tomkins 1/1
Wakefield Trinity – 10
Wakefield team: S.Grix, B.Jones-Bishop, R.Lyne, B.Tupou, T.Johnstone, J.Miller, R.Hampshire, T.Arona, T.Randell, C.Huby, J.Batchelor, M.Ashurst, J.Crowther, J.Arundel, P.Pauli, K.Hirst, C.Annakin
Tries: Johnstone, Tupou Goals: Hampshire 1/2