That win at
Wakefield should be dedicated to all the Midwives of Wigan and also
any supporters who have just given birth, because it ended a run of
nine months without an away victory.
Given that poor
away form, perhaps we should have just be happy with any old
For me though,
whilst it was a good result, I was ultimately frustrated by the
performance. After the classy display of attack against Warrington,
this one was a bit of a let down.
I don’t think the
attendance helped to be fair. This was hardly a ripe pick for a Sky
match, never mind a Thursday one, and the crowd of 3,107 was the
lowest heartlands league gate Wigan have played in front of since a
trip to Sheffield in 1994.
The attack was
often lacking patience and the defence was very questionable at
times but it was the lack of game management and awareness that
frustrated me most.
Having seen us blow
leads at both Widnes and Hull KR earlier in the season, I thought
Wigan had learned lessons given the evidence of recent games but
they got me wound up good and proper this time.
The game clock is
always visible at grounds these days, so surely players should be
aware of the time? So with a 24-12 lead with a minute to the
interval, you’d think it’d all be about seeing out that time
comfortably? Wigan instead gave away two penalties and let Pita
Godinet score a soft try with three seconds left on the clock.
That put Wakefield
back in the game but it was ok. Wigan soon got back their two score
lead back second half. That was only for Taulima Tautai to throw a
ridiculous offload twenty metres from his own line that Wakefield
gobbled up to score.
We had another
later in the game when Ben Flower knocked on in his own quarter. I
was steaming doing the radio commentary if I’m honest. I just think
Wigan need to be wiser than that, especially away from home.
Saying all that
though, I think it has been an excellent month for Wigan. The
atmosphere is a lot more positive than at the start of April that’s
for sure. Ryan Hampshire and Dom Manfredi have lifted the threat
level in the attack with the best being brought out of Anthony
Our next two games
are against Hull KR and Castleford, two of a long list of teams
chasing us inside the Top Four. That chasing pack can’t just look
up though, they also have to be wary of being in the Top Eight at
the split. It’ll be good for us to keep nudging clear of that.