Wakefield made it three cup wins in the last four seasons
with this victory over Wigan at Wembley. The finger after the game was being
pointed towards the average age of the Wigan side being too high. The first
half though had been incredibly tight with no score occurring until the 38th
Minute when a try by Malcolm Sampson was converted by Neil Fox for 5-0.
Wigan went in at half time then not only having suffered conceding that try
but Dave Bolton at Full Back was
literally dragged off the field knocked out with concussion.
Bolton wasn't able to recover in time to take to the
field at the restart and thus Wigan were down to 12 men. They actually did
well initially without Bolton. Frank Pitchford returned an offload by Frank
Carlton 40 metres in the left corner, but it was only 5-3 with Ashton
missing the extras. Wakefield though soon scored again with a try from Gert
Coetzer that was converted off the left touchline by Fox for a 10-3 lead.
Then followed a series of penalty goal shots. First
Ashton for Wigan made it 10-5 before Fox made it 12-5 and Ashton again made
it 12-7. Then Bolton returned in the 57th Minute and Wigan would perhaps
have been pleased to be just a converted try behind at this point.
Unfortunately Bolton's return turned into a negative.
Looking to complete a run around move with Ashton, his pass was intercepted
by Harold Poynton and all of a sudden it was now 17-7 to Wakefield. Wigan
still kept fighting with a try soon after for Frank Carlton but perhaps
crucially a second missed conversion of the game by Ashton left them still
two scores down at 17-10.
Time was against Wigan now and a second try from Coetzer
made it 20-10 before Ian Brooke wrapped up the win with a try under the
posts that was obviously easily converted to complete a 25-10 Wakefield
success. Wigan left to think how much the temporary absence of Bolton cost
Wakefield 5 Wigan 0
D.T.H Davies (Manchester)
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