The pattern of this game for Wigan was pretty similar
to the previous week against Leigh in which they spent most of the first
twenty minutes defending with a lot of it down to their own set
completion. However this time Wigan only conceded one try instead of the
three Leigh had scored.
The try conceded was very soft with David Fifita
going over in the 20th Minute and taking three defenders with him. Mason
Lino converted for 6-0.
That was no more than Wakefield deserved but although
Fifita had looked beastly in that opening quarter, his race was run. He
was knackered when he returned.
In fact it was two years ago this month that Wigan
had gone away to Wakefield with a pack that included Oliver Partington,
Morgan Smithies and Joe Shorrocks and had collapsed from 6-0 up to 22-6
down in just five minutes during that game. The raw and then naive have
grown up so much since then and I thought Liam Byrne, Ethan Havard
and Joe Shorrocks were all excellent off the bench.
Wigan got a try back quickly with Oliver Partington
crashing over for 6-6 with Zak Hardaker converting and although that
held to half time, Wigan were slowly taking control of the contest.
Like against Leigh, Wigan controlled the second half
and although Wakefield had one spell on the back of Wigan's errors they
Up the other end Wigan went ahead with the first of
his eventual hat-trick before a move from deep was finished by Zak
Hardaker for 18-6 on 56 minutes.
Quickly following that up with Bibby's second made it
24-6 on the hour and the only doubt was remembering the previous August
when Wigan had somehow had to rely on a drop goal to win from being 22-6
up with 15 minutes to go.
Worries were never a reality this time though with a
try from John Bateman settling matters on 69 minutes before Jake Bibby
completed his hat-trick four minutes from the end. Hardaker sadly didn't
convert the last try but his goal kicking was much improved on the first
game with five out of six conversions in total.