If Wakefield had turned up sooner that the second half, this match could have been different but their failure to do so ensured Wigan won this match comfortably.
Wakefield seem to be bleating about the ref and the first sin bin offence was a bit of a joke really. I've seen far, far worse go unpunished.
But after that video referee decision they got at Belle Vue in May, they have to accept its swings and roundabouts. The ref was bad but no doubts in my mind that Wigan were the better team. We scored some great tries tonight.
I felt Wigan were just up for this more than Wakefield. The Wildcats were too busy dummy spitting, David Solomona in particular and our better handling of the pressure was the difference between victory easy or a tense tight game.
During this run of form the two point penalties have been crucial and Wigan wasted no time at all in attempting penalties shots in the early moments of this match.
First opportunity came in only the 3rd minute. A high tackle on Sean O'Loughlin gave Michael Dobson a shot at goal from a wide angle. He missed but made up for it two minutes later as he made it 2-0. This time Wakefield punished for a ball steal.
A third penalty was given in the 8th minute. After kicking on the last tackle, Danny Orr was supposedly hit late by Michael Korkidas. Very harsh I felt but referee Ashley Klein sin binned the Greek and Dobson made it 4-0 with his boot.
Wakefield did well to see out Korkidas' sin bin stint but no sooner had he returned Ben Jeffries was given ten minutes for a blatant Professional Foul. Brett Dallas had broke away and was just denied a 60 metre solo try by a last ditch tackle by Trinity full back Colum Halpenny. Halpenny hung on to Dallas just short of the line in the corner and just as Dallas got up to play the ball he was knocked over by Jeffries. Personally I think Halpenny should have been binned and not Jeffries but someone deserved to go.
Seconds later Wigan scored the first try of the game. Mick Higham from dummy half sent Bryan Fletcher under the posts for an easy score. Dobson converted to make it 10-0 after 20 minutes.
Few minutes later and Fletcher was now the provider. His great pass sent Calderwood away down the wing and he touched down to make it 16-0, with a good conversion from Dobson.
Wakefield would have been perhaps pleased that it was only 16-0 with half time approaching, having had 20 minutes with 12 men, but a crucial try was scored right on the hooter. A brilliant line break from Danny Orr was supported by Calderwood who scored his second try of the night. Dobson's conversion made it 22-0 at half time and pretty much it was game over.
First try of the second half was always going to be the difference between a Wakefield mini fightback or Wigan running away towards 50.
They needed the first score to lift there spirits and got it after just five minutes. A great kick from Sam Obst was touched down by Adam Watene and a conversion from Rooney made it 22-6.
Wakefield's discipline let them down again though when they handed the initiative straight back to us. Solomona was penalised with possession for punching tackler Danny Tickle. From that penalty good hands from Wayne Godwin and Scott Logan put Orr under the sticks. Dobson converted - 28-6.
Wakefield hit back and it was another kick which proved our undoing. Halpenny won the race to a short kick which Rooney again converted - 28-12.
But then game the game breaker. Wakefield in possession dropped the ball and cleverly Nathan McAvoy decided to hack it on. He chased it, hacked it again and eventually scored a crucial try via the video referee. Dobson's conversion made it 34-12.
Wakefield tried a short kick off but it was woeful. Didn't go 10 metres and this error saw Wigan go further ahead. O'Loughlin banged the penalty deep into Wakefield territory, and seconds later took a Higham short ball at express pace to give Dobson another simple conversion - 40-12.
Solomona, clearly frustrated by the big penalty given against him for striking Danny Tickle, scored two consolations late on but it was too little too late for Wakefield.
Dobson kicked a late penalty for Wigan in the 78th minute to make the final score 42-24 but why? With a lead like that with 2 minutes left surely we should be thinking about points difference which could still be important. Don't know who's call it was but bad captaincy if you ask me.