Wigan re-claimed top spot in the
Tetley Bitter Super League after being made to fight hard by the Wildcats
who stunned the home side especially in the first half.
Wigan aided the
Wakefield cause turning the ball over on too many occasions in the opening
40 and Wakefield were clearly heartened, reducing the home side's lead to
just two points at the break.
The second half though saw the Warriors move up a couple of gears
thanks to the introduction of 18-year-old livewire hooker Mark Smith who
became a thorn in the visitors' side.
Earlier Wakefield had cancelled out early tries from Terry Newton and
Willie Peters when Francis Stephenson darted over after the first of a
number of lapses by Wigan.
Adam Hughes capitalised on another error by crossing for the Wildcats
before Wigan's Peters scored the try of the game three minutes before the
break with a scorching 90-metre interception try.
On the stroke of half-time the Wildcats proved that they were up for
the fight when Hudson and Hughes combined for winger Neil Law to squeeze
in at the corner and Graham Law's superb touchline kick reduced the
arrears to just 22-20 points at the half-time hooter.
A Farrell penalty two minutes into the re-start signalled another Wigan
assault in which Peters, Radlinski and Robinson (twice) all crossed the
But yet again Wigan were guilty of lapsing under the hot sun as Paul
Sampson and Hughes chalked up late consolation tries for the gritty
Wigan coach Frank Endacott said: "We let them back into the game by
half-time and it was all about getting the players back on track.
"Wakefield gave us a wake-up call and we responded in the second half.
We weren't at our best but at least we got the two points."
Wakefield head coach Andy Kelly added: "We came here with a positive
attitude and overall it wasn't a bad 80 minutes. The first 40 was an even
"There are a lot of young players in the team because of injuries and I
was pleased with the effort and commitment everybody put in."