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Match Report: Wakefield 62 Wigan 0
Posted by Bilko on April 10 2016 - 21:51

Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 10
Sunday 10th April 2016. Kick Off 3:00pm at Belle Vue.

Match Report

Well, the last thing I expected today was to be commentating on a result like that. Wigan's third worst defeat in their entire 121 year history.

Normally you should be angry at a shameful loss like that but I'm not quite in that zone myself. I'm realistic that the absences of Sam Tomkins, Anthony Gelling, Dom Manfredi, George Williams, Dom Crosby, Micky McIlorum, Ben Flower, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin and John Bateman are tough on us. The reason being because, I'd say, every single one of those absent would be first choice starting 13. Maybe Bateman on the bench if your starting Joel and Farrell but everyone else would be in the starting 13.

It doesn't excuse the way we played today, or the way we collapsed, but negates needing to worry about this one heavy defeat in isolation going forward. That is a hell of a lot of talent to return.

62-0 though. Credit Wakefield. They were excellent and if you are looking at that score thinking of the Wakefield of last season being a mug side, forget it! This was their fourth win in a row and the side looks different gravy under recently new coach Chris Chester.

From the off Wakefield were full of energy with a high tempo. Wigan in comparison looked a beaten side from early on. The energy was low and highlighted by, from memory, Tony Clubb and Ryan Sutton both being found statuesque at the play the ball towards eventual Wakefield scores. Missed tackles were aplenty from others as well.

It showed as the first half wore on. Wigan had lost the ruck entirely. Whether it was going left, right or down the middle, Wakefield were making easy ground from the play the ball and it was just a case of picking us off through opening gaps.

The defensive line standing back was the recipe for the disaster which followed. I remember one time when a Wakefield man, Tinirau Arona I think it was, juggled the ball and was ripe for being smashed so it would be a knock on but because our line was so slow, he had time to not only re-gather but hop twice on the spot to regain his composure. These were all early signs in the game and it all led to it falling apart like a deck of cards today.

The amount of inexperienced youngsters contributed today also. Nothing against Jack Wells, Joe Bretherton, Jack Higginson or Nick Gregson but I honestly don't think they should be in this position. I think it highlighted massively that the Under 19s cut off is far too soon. Fair enough Oliver Gildart has looked solid but generally I think it's too early.

Sam Tomkins for example played 89 academy matches before he got a first team league debut. Gregson has played 59, Higginson 48, Bretherton 44 and Wells 25. Even going off that cup debut of Sam Tomkins he'd played 76 academy games.

That loss of game time towards first team is deeply worrying in my eyes and I think we are now feeling the pinch. In 2012 we had an Under 18s side that was leading to an Under 20s side before first team. That second level has now gone and it's the current players coming through who are losing that benefit.

Sam Tomkins played 48 matches in the aforementioned second tier before he even got to the level that is now our Under 19s. That is almost two full seasons worth in a second tier academy before reaching the top tier!

Losing that will harm the game massively over the next few years in my eyes. I worry that we are going to get results like today more and more in times of injury crisis.

To be fair it's been happening to smaller clubs for a long while, and after today I feel their pain, but if it begins to happen to the teams at the top, and we are still two points off the top with the leagues second best defence despite today, then how can we ever expect an England team to compete internationally? It frustrates me because before then we were making huge steps forward. I fear we may take huge steps back now. We shall see.

I think also today, Wigan's decision not to get any loan help in to help Sam Powell at hooker caught up with us. Like I said earlier, the ruck was lost massively today and I think Powell is screaming for a rest but with the numbers out we just can't do it.

Matty Smith is under huge criticism from a lot of Wigan fans also and it's hard to defend him at the moment. Our last tackle was again poor today with Tony Clubb being amongst the kickers at one point. Smith had to be the leader in these tough times but he offered little today in all honesty.

Shaun Wane pointed to illness in the camp also being a factor and watching that display, I can see merit in that. We were just off from the start and I do genuinely feel Wakefield caught us on the best day possible. Credit them for cashing in because I did say during commentary that we looked ripe for them to do so.

It's been a bad day but I think a number of factors contributed to the bad day for us. Being still on the back of the tough Easter being another excuse perhaps. You may think differently to me and that's fine, I know plenty have said their is no excuse for a Wigan performance like that, but personally I choose to see where Wigan are in a months time before fully evaluating this one bad day.

If we have the majority of those ten out fit for a potential big cup tie, and who knows what the draw might bring, in early May and we win it, then this loss will have been more than worth it. IF is the key though. Let's see what Friday v Castleford brings first I suppose.

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan 1
21 Max Jowitt Full Back Dan Sarginson 4
2 Tom Johnstone

Right Wing

Lewis Tierney 22
18 Joe Arundel Centre Jack Higginson 30
14 Reece Lyne Centre Oliver Gildart 20
1 Ben Jones-Bishop Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
6 Jacob Miller Stand Off Nick Gregson 27
7 Liam Finn Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Nick Scruton Prop Lee Mossop 17
9 Scott Moore Hooker Sam Powell 16
10

Anthony England

Prop

Tony Clubb

15
13 Anthony Tupou 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 11
12 Danny Kirmond 2nd Row Willie Isa 25
20

Mikey Sio

L.Forward

Ryan Sutton

21
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11 Mickael Simon Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
16 Tinirau Arona Substitute Greg Burke 26
17 Matty Ashurst Substitute Joe Bretherton 29
19 Jonny Molloy Substitute Jack Wells 34
- Chris Chester Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 62

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Wigan Warriors 00

Tries (11):
Nick Scruton 2
Jacon Miller 3
Tom Johnstone
Liam Finn
Danny Kirmond 2
Ben Jones-Bishop
Max Jowitt

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Tries (0):

Goals:
Liam Finn 9/11
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Scoring and Incident Pattern

11th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Nick Scruton
Wakefield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (1/1)
24th Minute Wakefield 10 Wigan 00 Try: Jacob Miller
Wakefield 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (2/2)
28th Minute Wakefield 16 Wigan 00 Try: Tom Johnstone
Wakefield 18 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (3/3)
35th Minute Wakefield 22 Wigan 00 Try: Jacob Miller (2)
Wakefield 22 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Liam Finn (3/4)
Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 22 Wigan Warriors 00
48th Minute Wakefield 26 Wigan 00 Try: Liam Finn
Wakefield 28 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (4/5)
52nd Minute Wakefield 32 Wigan 00 Try: Jacob Miller (Hat-Trick)
Wakefield 34 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (5/6)
59th Minute Wakefield 38 Wigan 00 Try: Danny Kirmond
Wakefield 40 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (6/7)
65th Minute Wakefield 44 Wigan 00 Try: Danny Kirmond (2)
Wakefield 46 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (7/8)
67th Minute Wakefield 50 Wigan 00 Try: Ben Jones-Bishop
Wakefield 50 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Liam Finn (7/9)
71st Minute Wakefield 54 Wigan 00 Try: Max Jowitt
Wakefield 56 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (8/10)
75th Minute Wakefield 60 Wigan 00 Try: Nick Scruton (2)
Wakefield 62 Wigan 00 Conversion: Liam Finn (9/11)
Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 62 Wigan Warriors 00

Referee

Gareth Hewer

Penalties Conceded

To Follow

Match Attendance

5,751

Weather

Dry.

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