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Match Report: Wigan 44 Wakefield 24
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 07 2013 - 22:07

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Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - Super League 18 Round 11.
Sunday 7th April 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Attack was up to standard, defensively we were way off. Thankfully Wakefield had gone down to 12 men early on and didn't have much defence in themselves, or this could have been a difficult afternoon for Shaun Wanes side.

We looked tired and lethargic all game but this shouldn't have been a total surprise. We've seen these kind of performance around Easter in April before. Remember 2010 when we lost 38-26 at the DW to Harlequins, despite having led 24-6 at the break? Or 2011 when Catalan held a 46-10 lead here at one point before Wigan got some late scores to flatter?

It was that kind of afternoon defensively in which we were falling off tackles right up the middle of the field. The hope now is that we've got away with it having won and we will bounce back with a top defensive effort at Bradford next week. We shall see.

In attack though Wigan were fine, despite the absences of both Josh Charnley and Pat Richards. Sean O'Loughlin didn't play either whilst Chris Tuson departed the field during the first half of this one with a hamstring injury. Anthony Gelling played for Pat on the left wing with Jack Hughes his centre. Iain Thornley had come across to the right wing.

And it was Thornley who opened the scoring after just 80 seconds. Sam Tomkins beat a poor missed tackle from Paul Sykes and got Thornley over in the corner. Matty Smith was on kicking and missed the extras.

Soon after we were over on the other wing with a try for Gelling. Sam again the provider but Gelling did well to avoid the challenge of Peter Fox. Conversion went over by Smith for 10-0.

It all looked rosy for the Warriors but then came a send off in just the 11th minute. Ginger Farrell got into an altercation with Justin Poore and after Ginger had given Poore a soft one on the jaw, Poore retaliated with a heavy punch that floored Faz. The latter was red carded but I think the disciplinary might have a look at our lad their as well. Draw your own conclusion when you see the video, some arguing on twitter that a "soft one on the jaw" was just a shove.

Anyway the end result was that Wakefield had 70 minutes to play with 12 men, but initially it did them a favour because they rocked Wigan with two back to back scores on 17 and 20 minutes. First Vince Mellars then Richard Mathers took advantage of some poor Wigan defending. The second one in particular was a horror show. Both tries converted by Paul Sykes put Wakefield 12-10 up.

Perhaps fortunately, given the end result, Wigan responded to that double whammy by scoring four tries in a 9 minute spell. Thornley claimed his second before Sam went through some soft defending up the middle from the visitors off the back of a superb offload from Greg Burke.

Burke then made the break for the next try that was finished off by Darrell Goulding, claiming his first try of the season. It was a 70 metre dash in total. Then we saw that combination of Green and Farrell again that has been seen quite a few times this year. Chiming left Green put on the stuttering feet to create the gap for Ginger to score. Two conversions out of those four tries from our Smith made it 30-12 and that was carried up to the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Gelling claimed his second with a superb finish in the left corner and although Smith missed the extras again, coach Wane felt the lead was comfortable enough to bench Smith for a while and give Sam Powell a run out at Scrum Half.

In fact in Smith's absence, Powell also took over a goal kicking following Sam Tomkins second try on 53 minutes, but his effort was pretty weak. Wigan in total control though at 38-12.

Or so you thought. Wigan's switch off in defence was evident for all to see on the restart. Sloppily they allowed the ball to bounce into touch for a Wakefield scrum and they quickly went over with a score from Lee Smith. A conversion for Sykes made it 38-18.

When Paul Aiton finished off a superb passing move down the left hand side on 67 minutes, Wigan were all of a sudden sweating a little on this one. Momentum was swinging, particularly after Sykes converted again for 38-24.

But we were perhaps lucky to have one Sam Tomkins, because his return of a kick for an 80 metre try ended the contest with ten minutes to go. Cheekily he went round under the posts despite a defender in his way. Easy conversion for Smith, back on the field, made the final score 44-24.

So a poor afternoon defensively for Wigan but the bigger picture is of a Easter well done. If they can take that forward, with one more effort next week, into the cup break then that will have been a successful start to the season well achieved. Intriguing game next week at Odsal with them being in form as well!

Must give praise to Greg Burke today. I'm not big on praising individuals in my reports, I tend to focus more on the team effort, but thought he was superb in this one. He never shirked all afternoon despite some heavy shots towards his head. Not saying they were dirty shots but it was a rough game for him and he came through well. Was my man of the match by a mile, although the sponsors gave it to Ginger and Sam Tomkins with his hat-trick had to be a shout as well.

Must end by praising Wakefield's efforts here also. 70 minutes with 12 men and during that time the score was 34-24. Much as Wigan were off in defence, the visitors certainly took advantage and I think Richard Agar is right to be left wondering what might have been without that red card. I'm thinking the same, but we will never know!

Reaction to the Action

Assistant Coach Iestyn Harris: "I don't think we were great defensively and we didn't have a lot of energy. It wasn't our best performance. We came into the Easter period with a target of eight points and we saw this game as one of the toughest. We wanted to come out of the Easter period with a 100 per cent record and we have done that. We are happy with that but there are some areas we need to work on but it is a long season and you need to work on them areas consistently to make sure you are better the week after."

Wakefield Coach Richard Agar: "During the last 15 or 20 minutes we spoke about it on the bench that we were a bit disappointed we didn't get a good crack at them with 13 or 17 men. I thought we played some good stuff at times and the 12 men made it a difficult contest. It is hard enough to come to Wigan at any time of the year. To go down to 12 was a big blow especially after 10 minutes. I was extremely proud of them. For the team to post more points than anybody has scored against Wigan with only 12 men on the field is probably a good reflection on some of the stuff we played. It was a sending off, no arguments about that. It's not the 1980s you can't do that sort of thing."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Wakefield 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Richard Mathers 1
17 Iain Thornley Winger Peter Fox 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Dean Collis 3
4 Jack Hughes Centre Lee Smith 4
22 Anthony Gelling Winger Ben Cockayne 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Paul Sykes 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Tim Smith 7
26 Dom Crosby Prop Justin Poore 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Paul Aiton 9
15 Ben Flower Prop Oliver Wilkes 16
16 Chris Tuson 2nd Row Chris Annakin 27
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Vince Mellars 19
29 Greg Burke L.Forward Danny Washbrook 13
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20 Gil Dudson Substitute Andy Raleigh 10
21 Scott Taylor Substitute Ali Lauitiiti 11
24 Sam Powell Substitute Kyle Wood 14
30 Tom Spencer Substitute Kyle Amor 15
- Shaun Wane Coach Richard Agar -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 44 --- Wakefield Wildcats 24
Tries (9):
Iain Thornley 2
Anthony Gelling 2
Sam Tomkins 3
Darrell Goulding
Liam Farrell
--- Tries (4):
Vince Mellars
Richard Mathers
Lee Smith
Paul Aiton
Goals:
Matty Smith 4/8
Sam Powell 0/1
--- Goals:
Paul Sykes 4/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 00 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wigan 04 Wakefield 00 M.Smith Missed Conversion (0/1)
7th Minute Wigan 08 Wakefield 00 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 10 Wakefield 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/2)
11th Minute Wakefield Red Card Justin Poore (Punching)
17th Minute Wigan 10 Wakefield 04 Try: Vince Mellars
- Wigan 10 Wakefield 06 Conversion: Paul Sykes (1/1)
20th Minute Wigan 10 Wakefield 10 Try: Richard Mathers
- Wigan 10 Wakefield 12 Conversion: Paul Sykes (2/2)
24th Minute Wigan 14 Wakefield 12 Try: Iain Thornley (2)
- Wigan 14 Wakefield 12 M.Smith Missed Conversion (1/3)
27th Minute Wigan 18 Wakefield 12 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 20 Wakefield 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/4)
30th Minute Wigan 24 Wakefield 12 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Wigan 26 Wakefield 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/5)
33rd Minute Wigan 30 Wakefield 12 Try: Liam Farrell
- Wigan 30 Wakefield 12 M.Smith Missed Conversion (3/6)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 30 Wakefield Wildcats 12
44th Minute Wigan 34 Wakefield 12 Try: Anthony Gelling (2)
- Wigan 34 Wakefield 12 M.Smith Missed Conversion (3/7)
53rd Minute Wigan 38 Wakefield 12 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wigan 38 Wakefield 12 S.Powell Missed Conversion (0/1)
55th Minute Wigan 38 Wakefield 16 Try: Lee Smith
- Wigan 38 Wakefield 18 Conversion: Paul Sykes (3/3)
67th Minute Wigan 38 Wakefield 22 Try: Paul Aiton
- Wigan 38 Wakefield 24 Conversion: Paul Sykes (4/4)
70th Minute Wigan 42 Wakefield 24 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 44 Wakefield 24 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/8)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 44 Wakefield Wildcats 24

Video Highlights

Referee

Robert Hicks

Match Attendance

12,152 (North Stand Attendance: 324)

Weather

Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 11

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 11 8 1 2 415 147 +268 17
2 Huddersfield Giants 11 8 0 3 312 176 +136 16
3 Bradford Bulls 11 6 2 3 309 226 +83 14
4 Warrington Wolves 11 6 1 4 299 207 +92 13
5 Leeds Rhinos 9 6 1 2 209 144 +65 13
6 St Helens 11 6 1 4 256 202 +54 13
7 Catalan Dragons 11 6 1 4 260 234 +26 13
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 11 6 0 5 279 322 -43 12
9 Hull FC 11 4 2 5 234 225 +9 10
10 Widnes Vikings 10 4 1 5 228 328 -100 9
11 Wakefield Wildcats 10 3 1 6 232 276 -44 7
12 London Broncos 11 2 1 8 206 344 -138 5
13 Salford City Reds 11 2 1 8 168 393 -225 5
14 Castleford Tigers 11 1 1 9 181 364 -183 3

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 11 Results
Fri 5 Apr Castleford Tigers 24 Huddersfield Giants 40 3,222
Fri 5 Apr London Broncos 20 Bradford Bulls 46 1,441
Sun 7 Apr Hull FC 28 Catalan Dragons 8 10,065
Sun 7 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 22 St Helens 14 7,616
Sun 7 Apr Widnes Vikings 58 Salford City Reds 24 5,562
Sun 7 Apr Wigan Warriors 44 Wakefield Wildcats 24 12,152
Sun 7 Apr Leeds Rhinos 28 Warrington Wolves 22 15,059

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