Wigan Warriors got back to winning ways in emphatic style this
evening as they demolished Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 52-10 at the
The Cherry and Whites got off to a flying start in just the 4th minute
as Liam Farrell went over, and further scores from Tony Clubb, Lee
Mossop, a Dom Manfredi brace, and an Anthony Gelling hat-trick,
along with another Farrell effort gave the home side a dominant
Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane made just the one change from last
week's game against Leeds Rhinos with Ryan Hampshire coming in for
Matty Bowen at full-back. For the visitors Tim Smith, Jacob Miller
and Danny Kirmond missed out with Daniel Smith, Tom Johnstone and
Jarrod Sammut all starting.
It didn't take long for the Cherry and Whites to get the opening
try as a great break from John Bateman put Wigan deep Wildcats
territory, Joe Burgess took a brilliant catch then produced an even
better offload under pressure to Liam Farrell who scored under the
posts. Matty Smith converted to make it 6-0 with four on the clock.
The visitors were rattled and Wigan very nearly got their second
try just minutes later as a fantastic break by Dan Sarginson nearly
put Liam Farrell in for his second but the referee deemed a
knock-on had taken place.
Matty Smith increased Wigan's lead in the 12th minute opting to
take the two points after Craig Hall had intercepted but was deemed
to be in an offside position.
Wigan were looking dangerous and got their second try just three
minutes later as Tony Clubb dummied and strolled in to get his
first four pointer of the season, Smith added the extras making it
Dom Manfredi was next to get himself on the scoresheet as he
side-stepped his opposite number Chris Riley and slid over in the
corner, after a slick Warriors passing move. Smith once again
kicked the additional two from the touchline to make it 20-0 in as
Wakefield did respond though as the Warriors were penalised for
taking Jarrod Sammut out while chasing a kick. The Wildcats
exploited good field position with Riley this time sneaking past
Dom Manfredi to go over in the corner, Craig Hall's conversion was
unsuccessful to leave it at 20-4 after half an hour.
The home side quelled any potential Wakefield fight back six
minutes later as Anthony Gelling read the Wakefield attacking move
and intercepted to run unopposed under the sticks. Smith kept up
his 100% record and added the additional two to make it a half time
score of 26-4.
The second period was scruffy to begin with however Dom Manfredi
soon extended Wigan's lead as he went over from an Anthony Gelling
pass. Smith could not kick the difficult conversion so it stayed
30-4 with 48 minutes gone.
The Wildcats were not lying down though and Paul McShane gave them
a glimmer of hope as he barged over from close range four minutes
later to reduce the deficit, Hall converted to make it 30-10.
Any hope of the visitors making a comeback was diminished in the 57th minute
as man of the match Lee Mossop ran a great line and powered his way
over for his second score since returning to the Wigan Club. Smith
once more kicked the extras to make it 36-10.
Dan Sarginson took a quick penalty tap two minutes later, and
offloaded to Liam Farrell who raced 40 metres to grab his second
try of the game in spectacular fashion, Smith was on target again
to make it 42-10 and Wigan were on a roll.
Wigan were rampant now and a fantastic pass by Matty Smith allowed
Ryan Hampshire to break with Joel Tomkins in support. Tomkins'
offload was finished off by Anthony Gelling. Smith added his 150th Wigan
goal with the conversion, to make it 48-10 with nine minutes left.
It got even better for centre Gelling as he completed his hat-trick
just moments later taking a great Manfredi offload, Smith was
unable to convert on this occasion so it stayed at 52-10.
A good night at the office for the Warriors and exactly what was
required ahead of the huge Good Friday derby with St Helens.