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Match Report: Wakefield 23 Wigan 36
Posted by cherryandwhite on June 03 2013 - 01:25

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Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 17.
Sunday 2nd June 2013
. Kick Off 3:30pm at Rapid Solicitors Stadium (Belle Vue).

Match Report

Summer rugby had finally arrived and the attendees of this one got a cracking game to match the weather. Wigan were made to sweat all the way though for a hard earned two points.

Clearly we were way off our best here but we managed to pick up another two points and that really pleases me.

Following the Leeds victory, coach Wane made three changes with Greg Burke and Scott Taylor returning for their first games in a month whilst Rhodri Lloyd made his first appearance since the home loss to Bradford last June. Sean O'Loughlin, Dom Crosby and Eric Lauaki dropped out.

Wakefield meanwhile had terrible injuries to deal with. Paul Sykes, Tim Smith, Paul Aiton, Andy Raleigh and Ali Lauitiiti were all absent, so it was very admirable that they competed despite that.

Especially after Wigan had raced into a ten nil lead after just 15 minutes. Both tries pretty identical with Darrell Goulding providing the final pass to get Josh Charnley over on each occasion. Pat Richards converted the first of those two for a 10-0 lead.

Think everyone watching expected Wigan to kick on at this point and rack up a huge score again but the exact opposite happened. Wakefield dominated the twenty minutes up to half time.

I was expecting Wigan to take big control during the interchange period of the game but they were quite sloppy in truth with some poor errors. Sam Tomkins failing to deal with a kick in defence was a big part in the turnaround.

Quick back to back tries from Dean Collis and Danny Kirmond put Wakefield ahead at 12-10 with Lee Smith converting both tries. Iain Thornley was in trouble in defence again and just like at Hull a few weeks ago, Waney showed no mercy in substituting him with Rhodri Lloyd going in at centre. Thornley did not return.

Ok, this score wasn't really panic worthy but you got the sense that Wigan needed half time to sort themselves out because in period of the game it just wasn't happening.

Wakefield then extended their lead with a try on 38 minutes from Kyle Wood. Lovely finish from 40 metres but Harrison Hansen made a shocking missed tackle. Conversion was missed for this one but right on the half time hooter, Lee Smith added a drop goal to make it 17-10 at the break.

The home side went off with a big spring in their step but I couldn't help laughing at Shaun Wane walking across the pitch to the dressing room at half time. He is like a bulldog isn't he and he was clearly ready for bursting into a big half time rant.

That rant worked because Wigan immediately came out second half and scored through Hansen. I said he put in a poor missed tackle but he was superb after the break. For me if any guy was trying to lift Wigan out of their slump, it was him. Pat converted for 17-16.

Again your now thinking that Wigan would just kick on here but Wakefield did well to hang in at this point and eventually responded with another try. Kirmond claimed his second but Liam Farrell and Sam Powell were guilty of leaving him to each other. They were both left flat footed as he burst between the pair of them. Lee Smith had now limped off injured for the Wildcats so Ben Cockayne converted for 23-16.

The way the game was now, had Wakefield scored again they would of won this game for me. Wigan though slowly began to get a grip and get on top in the pack. We also had both Mike McIlorum and Logan Tomkins on the field at this point. I'm not quite sure how we dealt with two hookers positionally but it was an interesting tactic.

On the hour mark, Charnley managed to squeeze over in the corner for his hat-trick and with a big conversion from Pat, we were now back down to a 23-22 deficit.

The match was still anyone's to win but a 40/20 kick from Matty Smith on 63 minutes turned this game our way I felt. We didn't score from it but it managed to pen Wakefield back in their half and Wigan had by now stopped making silly errors and conceding penalties.

On 70 minutes came the game breaking moment. Amazingly similar try to Chris Tuson's match winner at Castleford earlier in the season. This time McIlorum found a long pass to get Lee Mossop over under the sticks.

With Pat converting, Wigan had only a 5 point lead at 28-23 but I always felt the game was won from that point. We just needed to retain possession and play for territory and that's exactly what we did. Complete our sets and Smith was producing good kicks on the last.

Wigan then got a kickable penalty on 76 minutes that was an obvious "take the two" opportunity to put us 7 points ahead. Pat despatch it and then converted as Goulding claimed his second try of the season two minutes later. Well deserved. He was excellent in this game and ironically his other try this year was against Wakefield.

That left the final score at 36-23 which definitely flattered Wigan, but when you think deep about it, their were a lot of young players on the field for us late in that game. Sam Powell, Rhodri Lloyd, Logan Tomkins, Greg Burke and Scott Taylor for example. I think its pleasing that they came through this unexpected tough test. I'm really pleased that Smith's kicking game was a big part also. I've said before that I felt the kicking game contributed to our downfall in the big games late last season and I hope Smith can perform like he did late in this game when it matters later in the year. We shall see.

So in the end Wigan were forced to work really hard for the win but thats what they did. I remember a tweet during the Wish FM commentary I was summarising that mentioned us being "lucky". I wouldn't say this was a lucky win to be honest. We grafted our way to it in the end. Credit Wakefield though. They were excellent and nice to see an excellent crowd turn out, despite their humbling by neighbours Castleford last weekend.

Widnes next for Wigan and we just need to claim another two points before we go into the 17 day break for England v Exiles. If we do that and Huddersfield are still only three points behind us then that will be to their tremendous credit. But playing St Helens on Monday followed by a quick turnaround trip to Hull KR on Friday will be a big test of their credentials. Time will tell, but I think if we manage to get a five point gap open on Huddersfield at the top, then its hard to see how we could be caught for first place. Time will tell though.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "I knew that (Wakefield had) made quite a few changes, and that some of their players would be quite fatigued, and we got them in the second half, but the fact we waited that long was disappointing. We fell off the pace of the game after our start, and we weren't consistent enough. In the second-half we had a bit of a run and we scored tries, and that's what we do. If we have possession then we can score tries. I told the players exactly what I thought of them at the break, and I got the response I desired from them. You have to credit Wakefield though - they did a job and slowed the play-the-ball down, which they were allowed to do. You're never going to have a perfect performance, and today was certainly one of those days. We were a little bit off; we had to make a few changes ourselves which affected our team as well as theirs."

Wakefield coach Richard Agar: "Undoubtedly we're disappointed we didn't come through and get the victory but I don't think we could have asked for much more from the players in terms of effort and commitment today. I think energy probably got us in the end; we had four substitutions thrust upon us. We've had three or four guys who were short of fitness and we had to rely on them for a lot more game time than what they could do. Sometimes things like that will happen, and it's about keeping your nerve in those situations. The last game-and-a-half that we've played before today has been disappointing, and left us head scratching. We knew we had plenty of injuries, and it threw our preparation into disarray, and we knew we wouldn't be as fluent with ball in hand, but we did really well, and I just thought we energy got us in the end."

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan 1
1 Richard Mathers Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Peter Fox

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
3 Dean Collis Centre Darrell Goulding 3
20 Reece Lyne Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Ben Cockayne Winger Pat Richards 5
4 Lee Smith Stand Off Sam Powell 24
14 Kyle Wood Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Justin Poore Prop Ben Flower 15
21 Matty Wildie Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
16 Oliver Wilkes Prop Lee Mossop 10
12 Danny Kirmond 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
24 Lucas Walshaw 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
32 Taulima Tautai L.Forward Greg Burke 29
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13 Danny Washbrook Substitute Chris Tuson 16
15 Kyle Amor Substitute Scott Taylor 21
27 Chris Annakin Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
29 Jon Molloy Substitute Rhodri Lloyd 25
- Richard Agar Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 23 --- Wigan Warriors 36
Tries (4):
Dean Collis
Danny Kirmond 2
Kyle Wood
--- Tries (6):
Josh Charnley 3
Harrison Hansen
Lee Mossop
Darrell Goulding
Goals:
Lee Smith 2/3
Ben Cockayne 1/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 6/7
Drop Goals:
Lee Smith 1
--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 04 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
13th Minute Wakefield 00 Wigan 10 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wakefield 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
20th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 10 Try: Dean Collis
- Wakefield 06 Wigan 10 Conversion: Lee Smith (1/1)
23rd Minute Wakefield 10 Wigan 10 Try: Danny Kirmond
- Wakefield 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Lee Smith (2/2)
37th Minute Wakefield 16 Wigan 10 Try: Kyle Wood
- Wakefield 16 Wigan 10 L.Smith Missed Conversion (2/3)
40th Minute Wakefield 17 Wigan 10 Drop Goal: Lee Smith
Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 17 Wigan Warriors 10
41st Minute Wakefield 17 Wigan 14 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wakefield 17 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
51st Minute Wakefield 21 Wigan 16 Try: Danny Kirmond (2)
- Wakefield 23 Wigan 16 Conversion: Ben Cockayne (1/1)
60th Minute Wakefield 23 Wigan 20 Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)
- Wakefield 23 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
71st Minute Wakefield 23 Wigan 26 Try: Lee Mossop
- Wakefield 23 Wigan 28 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
76th Minute Wakefield 23 Wigan 30 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/6)
77th Minute Wakefield 23 Wigan 34 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Wakefield 23 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 23 Wigan Warriors 36

Video Highlights

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Match Attendance

8.459

Weather

Sunny. Bit of a breeze.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 17

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 17 14 1 2 645 224 +421 29
2 Huddersfield Giants 17 13 0 4 505 304 +201 26
3 Warrington Wolves 17 11 1 5 538 315 +223 23
4 Hull FC 17 9 2 6 392 321 +71 20
5 Catalan Dragons 17 9 2 6 431 384 +47 20
6 Leeds Rhinos 15 9 1 5 371 238 +133 19
7 Bradford Bulls 17 7 2 8 393 413 -20 16
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 8 0 9 431 506 -75 16
9 St Helens 17 7 1 9 378 375 +3 15
10 Widnes Vikings 16 5 2 9 391 508 -117 12
11 Wakefield Wildcats 16 5 1 10 379 484 -105 11
12 Castleford Tigers 17 4 2 11 380 541 -161 10
13 Salford City Reds 17 4 1 12 271 611 -340 9
14 London Broncos 17 3 2 12 299 576 -277 8

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 17 Results
Fri 31 May Hull FC 18 Leeds Rhinos 6 11,901
Sat 1 June London Broncos 30 Castleford Tigers 30 1,810
Sun 2 June Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Bradford Bulls 18 7,259
Sun 2 June Warrington Wolves 68 Salford City Reds 10 9,516
Sun 2 June Widnes Vikings 32 Catalan Dragons 32 4,560
Sun 2 June Wakefield Wildcats 23 Wigan Warriors 36 8,459
Mon 3 June Huddersfield Giants 25 St Helens 16 5,203

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