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Match Report: Wigan 48 Wakefield 6
Posted by Bilko on July 16 2011 - 08:02

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Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - Engage Super League XVI Round 22.
Friday 15th July
2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Poor game. Really poor game. For long periods this was boring stuff but Wigan got the job done with ease. 48 points on the board and I think they were only playing at about 50% pace.

I know some fans remain disappointed that we can't kick on and get 60-70 points up on teams but the reality is that it doesn't really matter. Two points is two points. And you can only rack those kind of scores up if the opposition rolls over and dies and Wakefield didn't do that. They came, they had a good dig, but you knew as soon as we went 12-0 up that this game was never going to be lost.

Michael Maguire decided to rest Joel Tomkins, Thomas Leuluai and Ryan Hoffman for this game with George Carmont and Sean O'Loughlin both returning after sitting out the Harlequins trip last weekend. Recent signing Ben Cross made his debut off the subs bench. Very, perhaps a bit over, enthusiastic when he came on but he did ok.

The man of this game though was Gareth Hock who made his first start since his return from drug suspension. He was clear man of the match for me after completing a great hat-trick late in the match.

His first try came in the 4th minute. Paul Deacon's pass to him was right on the money as he burst through the gap. Pat Richards converted for 6-0.

That lead was soon doubled as I was getting a pint in at the bar. Best try of the night I'm told. Brett Finch with the break, Hock was in support and he sent George Carmont over. Bit of a pisser for me as I was on Carmont for first try and he bloody goes and scores second! Typical! Pat converted for 12-0.

After that, Wakefield had a good spell in which they should really have levelled the scores. They did get one try back when Josh Griffin scored on a repeat set after a drop out. It was a messy try but they all count. Ex Wigan academy youngster Josh Veivers added the extras to make it 12-6.

Like I said, Wakefield should really have got another try but you have to credit Wigan's last gasp defence in denying them on three occasions. First chance came for Griffin again. He had broke down his right wing and looked like he would go all the way from 70 metres out but Carmont managed to just about stop him with an ankle tap. Wigan were on the back foot though and it took a brilliant one on one stop from Sam Tomkins to deny Frankie Mariano from scoring. The Wakefield player tried to power through Sam but he was having none of it. Then Sam denied Jeremy Smith a try by holding him up over the line. All Wakefield got for that effort was a drop out but they wasted it with a knock on.

It proved to be a double whammy for Wakefield because, from that error, Wigan went up the other end of the field and claimed their third try. Brett Finch and Sam Tomkins combined to send Pat over in the left corner, his conversion making it 18-6 on 31 minutes.

That was the first of a trio of tries in a six minute spell. The second try saw an offload from Finch send Sam over from close range before Sam himself turned provider for the third score. Great effort this one. Sam made a half break down the right and showing how switched on he is in the head, he hacked the ball on from about 40 metres out into empty space. It was a perfectly weighted kick but Josh Charnley had work to do in chasing down the ball. It was a shoulder to shoulder battle with a defender but Josh won the race and slid over for the try. Pat kept up his 100% kicking to make it 30-6 at half time.

Into the second half and for 20 minutes, literally, bugger all happened. That was until around the hour mark when Jeff Lima, with help from Paul Deacon I think, smashed Michael Korkidas out cold. It was a fair hit and although he left the field after about three minutes of treatment, he did return later.

The game needed a spark and it came from Sam on 65 minutes. A classy, classy try he scored all by himself. Close to the line he's making a diagonal run from the left towards the posts. Again showing what a brain he has, he spots a gap, grubbers into it and collects to score himself. Your not telling me that boy wonder Richie Myler produces stuff like that? He's not in the same class as our Sam! Easy Pat conversion made it 36-6.

That effort broke Wakefield's spirit and this led to two more Wigan scores before full time. First on 68 minutes Hock claimed his second with another pass from Deacon hitting his angled run perfectly. Pat converted for 42-6.

Then with three minutes to go he claimed his hat-trick try. From deep, George Carmont made the initial yards before Sam broke clear up the middle. He was eventually halted but Wigan had too many men over and it was Hock who managed to finish it off. I also had George Carmont for last try on the betting slip so shame on Hock for being a greedy bastard and not giving it to him on a plate! Pat converted to complete the scoring and a very easy 48-6 Wigan win.

That was actually the first hat-trick of Gareth Hock's Wigan career and on this evidence it looks like the old Hock is back! Hope he can produce it again next week against Warrington! Wigan will have to play better than this to beat them, but they'll know that! Bring it on!

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "It was a mish-mash performance really. At times we showed our true form but other times we were loose. There was a lot of dropped ball and uncharacteristic errors but the weather was a factor. To have (Gareth Hock) back doing what he's doing and running the way he is, he's a good addition to our team. He's getting his match fitness back, that's the big thing with Gaz. I know what he's capable of and the more I see of him I can understand why he was the player he was before he had that break. It's great to have him in the team and he's only going to improve. He's working hard to have the understanding of what we've developed here and he's fitting in really well. The last two months have been a real turning point for us."

Wakefield Coach John Kear: "I think it indicates the pleasure or displeasure of the performance that the fans stayed behind and applauded the players. I thought the players deserved that because Wigan were absolutely clinical, scoring eight tries, and I think Pat Richards would have hit a bullseye from 300 yards the way he was kicking. Wigan were very good in difficult conditions and my players made some fundamental early tackle errors that Wigan exploited, but their application and effort was really good. It might sound stupid but defensively we were far superior to what we have been the last month."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Wakefield 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Josh Veivers 23
25 Josh Charnley Winger Josh Griffin 29
24 Stefan Marsh Centre Aaron Murphy 3
4 George Carmont Centre Chris Dean 18
5 Pat Richards Winger Semi Tadulala 37
17 Brett Finch Stand Off Jeremy Smith 16
6 Paul Deacon Scrum Half Tommy Lee 14
21 Lee Mossop Prop Michael Korkidas 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Matthew Wildie 26
15 Jeff Lima Prop Kyle Amor 31
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Frankie Mariano 21
34 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Paul Johnson 17
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Kevin Henderson 11
10 Andy Coley Substitute Julien Rinaldi 9
22 Liam Farrell Substitute Paul King 10
23 Chris Tuson Substitute Motu Tony 15
35 Ben Cross Substitute Liam Higgins 25
- Michael Maguirel Coach John Kear -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- Wakefield Wildcats 6
Tries (8):
Gareth Hock 3
George Carmont
Pat Richards
Sam Tomkins 2
Josh Charnley
--- Tries (1):
Josh Griffin
Pat Richards 8/8
--- Goals:
Josh Veivers 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 00 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wigan 06 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)

9th Minute Wigan 10 Wakefield 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 12 Wakefield 00

Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)

16th Minute Wigan 12 Wakefield 04 Try: Josh Griffin
- Wigan 12 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Josh Veivers (1/1)

31st Minute Wigan 16 Wakefield 06 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 18 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)

34th Minute Wigan 22 Wakefield 06 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 24 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)

37th Minute Wigan 28 Wakefield 06 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 30 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 30 Wakefield Wildcats 06
65th Minute Wigan 34 Wakefield 06 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wigan 36 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)

68th Minute Wigan 40 Wakefield 06 Try: Gareth Hock (2)
- Wigan 42 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)

77th Minute Wigan 46 Wakefield 06 Try: Gareth Hock (3)
- Wigan 48 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 48 Wakefield Wildcats 06

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Gareth Hock
2nd: Sam Tomkins 3rd: Ben Cross 4th: Harrison Hansen 5th: Jeff Lima


Thierry Alibert

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 7 Wakefield 9

Match Attendance

13,095 (105 Away Supporters)



League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 22

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 22 16 3 3 656 337 +319 35
2 Warrington Wolves 22 17 0 5 844 347 +497 34
3 St Helens 22 13 3 6 630 437 +193 29
4 Huddersfield Giants 22 14 0 8 563 412 +151 28
5 Catalan Dragons 22 13 1 8 549 491 +58 27
6 Castleford Tigers 22 11 2 9 562 600 -38 24
8 Leeds Rhinos 22 11 1 10 554 505 +49 23
7 Hull FC 22 10 1 11 542 461 +81 21
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 10 0 12 573 564 +9 20
10 Bradford Bulls 22 8 2 12 482 618 -136 18
11 Salford City Reds 22 9 0 13 454 634 -180 18
12 Harlequins 22 5 1 16 430 766 -336 11
13 Wakefield Wildcats* 22 6 0 16 359 739 -380 8
14 Crusaders* 22 4 0 18 404 691 -287 4

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

Round 22 Results
Fri 15 July Leeds Rhinos 20 Hull FC 0 14,809
Fri 15 July St Helens 40 Catalan Dragons 18 7,076
Fri 15 July Wigan Warriors 48 Wakefield Wildcats 6 13,095
Sat 16 July Harlequins 24 Warrington Wolves 54 3,842
Sat 16 July Crusaders 20 Castleford Tigers 26 3,055
Sun 17 July Bradford Bulls 36 Huddersfield Giants 0 14,047
Sun 17 July Hull Kingston Rovers 21 Salford City Reds 8 7,834

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