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Match Report: Wakefield 22 Wigan 40
Posted by Bilko on April 24 2015 - 12:49

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Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 20 - Round 12
Thursday 23rd April 2015. Kick Off 8:00pm at Belle Vue.

Match Report

After nine months without an away victory, perhaps we should just be happy for any old away win? In reality though this was a frustrating victory against bottom of the table Wakefield.

It was a typical away performance really. Wigan got themselves into good positions but just made it so easy for the opposition to come back at them. Doing the Wish FM commentary I was so frustrated by this because it's a total contrast to our home performances that have been very controlled. Like I said on commentary, I'd put all the players in a giant snow globe and give it a damn good shake before the next away game.

The defensive nightmare started in the opening minute. Anthony Gelling and Matty Smith left a huge gap for Matt Ryan to break through and Craig Hall had a canter to the line. He then converted for 6-0.

Shocking start but Wigan settled down once they got some possession and scored a barge over near the posts from Dom Crosby in the 8th Minute. That was his first four pointer since Good Friday 2013. Easy conversion for Matty Smith made it 6-6.

Then in the 13th and 20th Minutes came two more Wigan tries that will be an embarrassing review for Craig Hall. Matty Smith and Joe Burgess broke through to score tries with Hall left flat footed on both occasions. Smith also converted both for 18-6.

Now your thinking, settle down, control the game. Instead Wakefield came back with a break from Reece Lyne down the right with an overlap created because the Wigan defence didn't find their men and slide correctly. Nice race of pace between him and Budgie but although he was stopped, soon after Daniel Smith got Danny Kirmond over. Really poor defence again there by Wigan. A lack of numbers means Sarginson comes way in off his centre position to tackle near the posts and Burgess is left with three on one nowhere near his wing. That is not working hard enough surely? That was such a simple try for Wakefield and its hard to fathom why we had ten defenders to the right of the left post.

Next, eight minutes before half time, Sarginson was penalised for an off the ball tackle on Richard Owen. Another poor read in defence and he might have been lucky not to be sin binned. Instead, the yellow cards came out a minute later when Tim Smith and Sam Powell came into altercation. Powell took two punches off him before retaliating but both got sin binned anyway. Not sure what he's supposed to do Powell.

Two minutes after the yellows, Wigan found their fourth try of the half with Dom Manfredi scoring his twelve try in his last five matches. I thought generally though Wakefield dealt with Manfredi and Anthong Gelling well defensively in this game. A lot of probing but it was only when down to twelve, admittedly twelve each, that Dom managed to get over. Beautiful touchline conversion made it 24-12.

Now your thinking, settle down, control the game, especially so close to half time. Nope. Two penalties in the minute before half time get Wakefield forward and Pita Godinet does a dummy half sneak to touch down with three seconds left on the clock. Talima Tautai, Ryan Hampshire and Tony Clubb all in front of him, should be stopping that. Poor stuff.

So that left the score at 24-18 half time but Wigan came out quickly second half with Sarginson breaking down the left and sending Burgess over for his second in the left corner. Smith again converted superbly for 30-18.

Now your thinking, settle down, control the game. Nah! Straight away, Tautai tries a ridiculous offload to no one and Godinet scoops to send Chris Riley in for a gift. Conversion was missed though for 30-22.

Annoying but Wigan still had a two score lead. However they now began to lack patience in attack. Hampshire chucking ball into touch being one example and a poor kick from George Williams after a Manfredi break being another.

The try did eventually come with Lee Mossop scoring a soft one near the posts, his third try in his last three appearances against Wakefield. Easy conversion from Smith made it 36-22.

Now your thinking, SETTLE DOWN, CONTROL THE GAME!! Bloody hell fire, this time Ben Flower knocks on twenty from his own line. I have a good long fuse me but I was fuming on the radio. It really is madness to be repeatedly doing stuff like that. Wigan survived this time but this was the fourth occurrence of this happening. Appalling game management to my eyes and not for the first time away from home this season.

Wigan quickly got back up the other end and after Burgess had one chalked off he may have wondered whether than elusive first Super League hat-trick would come but on 64 minutes a lovely pass from Williams got him over. Smith missed his first kick of the night - 40-22.

Settle down? Control the game? Alas we finally managed it. The game died a death though in the final 15 minutes. Wigan guilty of lacking patience on a couple of occasions again but with three minutes to go they were unlucky not to score when Gelling, running clear, pulled up with clear hamstring trouble and his wild pass to Bateman ricocheted off his legs and the bounce of the ball beat him. He ended up crashing into a poorly exposed wheelchair bay that was held up by wooden posts. Unacceptable to me that those wooden posts are so exposed near the dead ball line. Bateman had a choice of hitting hit head first or shoulder first. Either way he was lucky not to have serious damage inflicted on him.

In the end it was job done but not in great style. We were lucky that was bottom of the table we were playing in my eyes and other sides may have punished our poor game management so severely. Work to do before we can safely say these away day troubles are extinguished.

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan 1
1 Craig Hall Full Back Ryan Hampshire 20
5 Richard Owen

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 22
4 Reece Lyne Centre Anthony Gelling 3
15 Matt Ryan Centre Dan Sarginson 4
2 Chris Riley Left Wing Joe Burgess 5
14 Pita Godinet Stand Off George Williams 6
7 Tim Smith Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Nick Scruton Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 Paul McShane Hooker Mike McIlorum 9

Ben Kavanagh


Lee Mossop

13 Danny Washbrook 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 11
12 Danny Kirmond 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
22 Jordan Crowther L.Forward John Bateman 14
11 Ali Lauitiiti Substitute Ben Flower 10
16 Mickael Simon Substitute Sam Powell 16

Daniel Smith

Substitute Tony Clubb 17
25 Ian Kirke Substitute

Taulima Tautai

- Shaun Wane Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 22


Wigan Warriors 40

Tries (4):
Craig Hall
Danny Kirmond
Pita Godinet
Chris Riley


Tries (7):
Dom Crosby
Matty Smith
Joe Burgess 3
Dom Manfredi
Lee Mossop

Craig Hall 3/4
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 6/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

00mins:40 Wakefield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Craig Hall
Wakefield 06 Wigan 00

Conversion: Craig Hall (1/1)

07mins:17 Wakefield 06

Wigan 04

Try: Dom Crosby
Wakefield 06 Wigan 06

Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)

13mins:40 Wakefield 06

Wigan 10

Try: Matty Smith
Wakefield 06 Wigan 12

Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)

20mins:30 Wakefield 06

Wigan 16

Try: Joe Burgess
Wakefield 06 Wigan 18

Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)

25mins:33 Wakefield 10 Wigan 18 Try: Danny Kirmond
Wakefield 12 Wigan 18

Conversion: Craig Hall (2/2)

33mins:59 Wakefield Sin Bin Tim Smith (Fighting)
Wigan Sin Bin Sam Powell (Fighting)
35mins:36 Wakefield 12

Wigan 22

Try: Dom Manfredi
Wakefield 12 Wigan 24

Conversion: Matty Smith (4/4)


Wakefield 16

Wigan 24 Try: Pita Godinet

Wakefield 18

Wigan 24

Conversion: Craig Hall (3/3)

Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 18 Wigan Warriors 24
42mins:36 Wakefield 18

Wigan 28

Try: Joe Burgess (2)
Wakefield 18 Wigan 30

Conversion: Matty Smith (5/5)

45mins:03 Wakefield 22 Wigan 30 Try: Chris Riley
Wakefield 22 Wigan 30

Missed Conv: Craig Hall (3/4)

57mins:09 Wakefield 22

Wigan 34

Try: Lee Mossop
Wakefield 22 Wigan 36

Conversion: Matty Smith (6/6)

63mins:29 Wakefield 22

Wigan 40

Try: Joe Burgess (Hat-Trick)
Wakefield 22 Wigan 40

Missed Conv: Matty Smith (6/7)

Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 22 Wigan Warriors 40

Video Highlights


Robert Hicks

Penalties Conceded

Wakefield 4 Wigan 4

Match Attendance



Lovely Evening.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 20 - Round 12

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 12 10 0 2 372 223 +149 20
2 St Helens 12 8 0 4 280 216 +64 16
3 Wigan Warriors 12 7 1 4 293 220 +73 15
4 Huddersfield Giants 12 6 0 6 257 174 +83 12
5 Warrington Wolves 12 6 0 6 284 235 +49 12
6 Castleford Tigers 12 6 0 6 237 234 +3 12
7 Catalan Dragons 12 5 1 6 280 325 -45 11
8 Salford Red Devils 11 5 1 5 242 278 -36 11

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Hull Kingston Rovers 11 5 0 6 258 277 -19 10
10 Widnes Vikings 12 4 1 7 262 296 -34 9
11 Hull FC 11 4 0 7 184 209 -25 8
12 Wakefield Wildcats 11 2 0 9 190 452 -262 4

Round 12 Results
Thu 23 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 22 Wigan Warriors 40 3,107
Fri 24 Apr Hull FC 4 Huddersfield Giants 24 9,930
Fri 24 Apr Leeds Rhinos 10 Warrington Wolves 29 17,430
Fri 24 Apr St Helens 34 Widnes Vikings 16 11,271
Sat 25 Apr Catalan Dragons 32 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 7,400
Sun 26 Apr Salford Red Devils 20 Castleford Tigers 22 2,800

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