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Match Report: Wakefield 0 Wigan 26
Posted by Bilko on April 25 2011 - 18:08

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Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XVI Round 12.
Easter Monday 25th April 2011. Kick Off 2:00pm Belle Vue (Rapid Solictors Stadium).

Match Report

A huge Wigan following today (must have been 2,500 at least) witnessed a pretty tired game in truth but job done is the best way I can describe it.

I'll be honest I was hoping they would rack up a huge score to get our attack motoring in the right direction but it just didn't happen. Wasn't for the lack of effort. The angles were being run and the breaks being made but so often the final pass went to ground and that was down to pure fatigue in my book. A second hot weather afternoon game in four days was not ideal, especially bearing in mind Wakefield had played in the evening on Friday.

Whilst handling errors contributed to making this a harder effort for Wigan than perhaps it should have been, you also have to credit Wakefield. Despite the absences of the experienced Ben Jeffries and Julien Rinaldi, they put in a very spirited and hard working effort for the full 80 minutes. They deserved a least a try on the day but Wigan's defence was merciless. A total lack of quality in Wakefield's back line was also self evident but defensively they never collapsed.

For all their effort though, I never really feared Wakefield could trouble Wigan from the moment we scored in the 2nd minute. The try was so easy with a move we've seen so often this season. Sean O'Loughlin fires a long cut out pass wide to the left wing and the winger just walks into the corner, this time Pat Richards the beneficiary. He couldn't convert though - 4-0 Wigan.

After that it was a long time before the second try came. Wakefield were doing well in finding touch on the last tackle and just pinning us back deep in our half. That was all they really could do because they hardly got anywhere near our line with our defence being superb.

Michael Maguire kept the same 17 from the Saints victory but tinkered slightly as Brett Finch and Lee Mossop started with Paul Deacon and Jeff Lima dropping to the bench. Finch was doing ok but I still think we missed Deacon's input before he came on in the 28th minute. May have been total coincidence but within minutes of that interchange - bang, bang, we put two more tries on the board.

Sam Tomkins had an outstanding game. Honestly, he was scrapping his way out of some big holes both in defence and attack all afternoon with his footwork and more than deserved his try on the half hour. Lovely try as well. A pass from Finch sent Ryan Hoffman clear and Sam was just in support to finish it off. Richards converted for 10-0 on the half hour.

Moments later Sam showed what makes him a classy player. In midfield, he noticed the space behind the defensive line, so chipped over it, regathered, found brother Joel, who in turn got Josh Charnley over in the left corner for another try in his young career. That's 14 tries in 15 Super League appearances for him now. In fairness he did struggle a bit second half, with a couple of errors, but showed great keenest to make up for those errors. Overall he is doing superb and in my opinion deserves to be in the team ahead of Darrell Goulding at the moment.

Richards missed the conversion to that try, which left the half time score at 14-0. The only blackspot of the half was an injury to Harrison Hansen which ended his day after about 30 minutes.

Wigan should have extended their lead very early in the second half. Andy Coley went on a rare break away and it looked like he'd been well held ten metres out. Somehow though he broke again and fought his way over the line. This was at the Benidorm Flats end of the ground so us Wigan fans couldn't really comment on referee Robert Hicks' decision that Coley knocked on over the line. Such a shame, it was a great effort!

After that, the early part of the second half was all about not letting Wakefield score first and unlike the first half they had plenty of opportunities to do so. Some awesome goal line efforts from Wigan just kept denying them. I recall one set were they looked like certain scorers three times and somehow Wigan denied them. Glenn Morrison in particular was trying his best all half but it just wasn't going to happen for them and that was credit to Wigan, especially in the heat which I felt was warmer than Friday if anything.

In attack, Wigan lacked a bit of patience at times but you always felt a try would eventually come and it did on 60 minutes. George Carmont made the break up the left (he again had a great afternoon) and although he didn't score, a quick play the ball saw the ball swung right and Joel Tomkins powered his way through at least a couple of defenders for a try. I'm really liking the looks of Joel at right centre. He's no Martin Gleeson yet but he is looking the part isn't he? Pat converted the try to make it 20-0 and the only thing on our minds was keeping the score to nil.

In the final quarter of the game you could now really see the efforts of the past four days taking it's toll on Wigan. George Carmont and Thomas Leuluai were both now on the sidelines, with slight knocks, and Ryan Hoffman cramped up right in the middle of making one break late on.

Wakefield huffed and puffed but just couldn't find a deserved try. In the end it was Wigan who claimed a cherry on top of the cake try in the 77th minute. Man of the moment Liam Farrell found a clear break up the middle, drew in the full back and sent the supporting Sean O'Loughlin under the sticks. Pat converted, 26-0 - Job Done! Game over!

At full time it was great to give the lads a big cheer for their efforts this weekend. They also seemed to appreciate our huge following. It could have been 3,000 for all I know. Liam Farrell got a particular special cheer for that try on Friday!

All in all it still wasn't a pretty performance in attack but defensively that was as good as you can ask for. I do think we are now starting to build momentum and with Warrington losing and St Helens needing a try 9 seconds from time to get a win today, I think we have to reflect on a job well done over this Easter period. Crusaders away next so let's back it up with another good win.

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "It was a tough game for the boys to back up what they faced on Friday but it was great to see them hang in really strong with their defence. Unfortunately, we turned the ball over a lot so we had to do more defence than we needed to be doing. The players were very keen to back up (after Good Friday). I gave them the choice. (The Easter Double Header) is a good concept and sells the game really well. Our players enjoy it. It is tough but it's a challenge they relish. We're going to give the boys a couple of days off now to recover and we'll look forward to next Sunday."

Wakefield coach John Kear: "I thought Wigan's defence was magnificent and Sam Tomkins was sensational. It was as if he had a force field around him. But I was really pleased from my team's point of view. It was tough to back up and we were probably playing the most mentally tough team in the competition. I thought we asked some questions and half opened them up but I thought Wigan were superb."

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan 1
1 Matt Blaymire Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
19 Dale Morton Winger Josh Charnley 25
18 Chris Dean Centre Joel Tomkins 12
3 Aaron Murphy Centre George Carmont 4
30 Greg Johnson Winger Pat Richards 5
27 Kieran Hyde Stand Off Brett Finch 17
14 Tommy Lee Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
31 Kyle Amor Prop Andy Coley 10
26 Matthew Wildie Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Paul King Prop Lee Mossop 21
13 Glenn Morrison 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
11 Kevin Henderson 2nd Row Ryan Hoffman 16
22 Stuart Howarth L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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8 Michael Korkidas Substitute Paul Deacon 6
17 Paul Johnson Substitute Paul Prescott 14
24 James Davey Substitute Jeff Lima 15
33 Tyrone McCarthy Substitute Liam Farrell 22
- John Kear Coach Michael Maguire -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 0 --- Wigan Warriors 26
Tries (0): --- Tries (5):
Pat Richards
Sam Tomkins
Josh Charnley
Joel Tomkins
Sean O'Loughlin
--- --- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
30th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 08 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
36th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 14 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 14 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 0 Wigan Warriors 14
60th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 18 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/4)
77th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 24 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 26 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 0 Wigan Warriors 26

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: George Carmont 3rd: Ryan Hoffman 4th: Lee Mossop 5th: Brett Finch

Referee

Robert Hicks

Penalties Conceded

Wakefield 7 Wigan 6

Match Attendance

8,163

Match Highlights

Video: Click Here

Weather

Baking Hot!

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 12

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 12 9 0 3 331 188 +143 18
2 St Helens 12 8 1 3 352 226 +126 17
3 Warrington Wolves 12 8 0 4 399 191 +208 16
4 Wigan Warriors 11 7 2 2 264 193 +71 16
5 Castleford Tigers 11 7 1 3 331 218 +113 15
6 Leeds Rhinos 12 6 1 5 324 306 +18 13
7 Catalan Dragons 12 6 1 5 273 263 +10 13
8 Hull FC 12 5 0 7 272 268 +4 10
9 Harlequins 12 4 1 7 274 380 -106 9
10 Bradford Bulls 12 4 1 7 252 362 -110 9
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 4 0 8 287 348 -61 8
11 Salford City Reds 12 4 0 8 258 406 -148 8
13 Wakefield Wildcats* 12 4 0 8 210 350 -150 4
14 Crusaders* 12 3 0 9 252 380 -128 2

*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.

Round 12 Results
Mon 25 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 0 Wigan Warriors 26 8,163
Mon 25 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 37 Harlequins 24 7,139
Mon 25 Apr Leeds Rhinos 34 Crusaders 16 14,165
Mon 25 Apr St Helens 22 Castleford Tigers 20 8,010
Mon 25 Apr Warrington Wolves 10 Hull FC 24 12,036
Mon 25 Apr Catalan Dragons 8 Bradford Bulls 8 9,496
Tue 26 Apr Huddersfield Giants 52 Salford City Reds 22 6,042

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