Attack! It’s been the gripe most of the season but at least
here we laid a platform going forward that we can hopefully
question since Friday, by those who weren’t at the game,
has been “was that result more about Wigan or Wakefield?”
It was a
bit of both to be fair, Wakefield were way off it, but
Wigan still had to cash in on that and more important for
me was that they did it over the 80 minutes. We still
lacked flow going out wide, to the centre positions in
particular, but overall this was a job well done by Wigan.
I certainly wouldn't get carried with this but it hopefully
is something we can build on.
It was only
four weeks earlier that Wakefield had seen victory at the
DW snatched from them in the dying seconds but it was
pretty obvious from the start that they were not really up
for this one.
Three tries in the opening 15 minutes, scored by George
Williams, Sam Powell and Josh Charnley, had Wigan 16-0 and
that set the tone for what was to come.
When Sam Tomkins made it 22-0 with a score in the 27th
Minute I was already reflecting on the irony that it was
22-0 at half time when Wakefield cashed in to be an ill
stricken Wigan side back in April but the Wildcats managed
to avoid the nil by scoring on what would prove to be their
only attack of the game with Joe Arundel crossing for 22-6.
You felt Wigan's dominance was not quite reflected with
that scoreline but two tries late in the half, one to John
Bateman and the other to Oliver Gildart, made it 30-6 at
Late in the half Matty Smith had got the flick off goal
kicking after one bad flapper from the touchline but like
at Dewsbury, removing Smith off kicking saw tries begin to
be scored up the middle instead. Maybe we should just do
that from the beginning? Youngster Jake Shorrocks took over
after the interval.
Second half saw Wakefield open up with clean breaks
becoming huge for Wigan and their dominance seeing scored
up the middle.
It took a while but a 100 metre return by Dom Manfredi made
it 36-6 and when George Williams went over two minutes
after it was now 42-6 by the 55th Minute.
Then a big break from Bateman, who was back to his immense
best in this one, was finished by Dan Sarginson for 48-6 by
the hour. Sam Tomkins then scored his second for 54-4
before being taken off the field as a tactical switch with
Shorrocks going from hooker to full back as Sam Powell came
Wakefield managed a second try with a gift intercept being
thrown poorly by Sarginson to send Craig Hall under the
posts but Matty Smith crossed eight minutes from time for
his first try in 15 matches. Wigan couldn't quite top
Wakefield's 62 points from April but at 60-12 it was a job
well done, considering fixtures are supposed to become
harder in the "Super 8s".
Wigan did leave points out on the park though, in
particular Shorrocks bombing a huge bust by him up the
middle in the first half by not slipping a simple pass to
send Williams under the sticks. You benefit the doubt on
that one with his inexperience but your also thankful that
it was not a costly mistake in a tighter game.
though is doing a decent job and perhaps offering enough to
warrant him continuing as a hooker alternate to Sam Powell?
He'll have bigger tests than this but I see no harm in
continuing to try him out at the moment. I wouldn't get
carried away with his 5 from 5 on goal kicking though, they
were all easy ones!
Castleford and St Helens to follow will be far bigger tests
than this but like I said, hopefully this is an attacking
platform for us to build on. We shall see!