Dreadful match in dreadful weather, ruined by referee Ian Smith who blew up for a new Super League Record, 32 penalties during the match.
dominated the first half terriotry but didn't have any conviction
to open Wakefield up. I suppose its open to argument whether it
was good Wakefield defence or poor Wigan attack. I'll say this
though Wakefield defended with the driving rain in there faces and
can be quite proud of the effort.
Wigan at one point received a penalty but tapped
instead of "taking the two" and in the end got nothing.
It was all Wigan until some rare territory and
conceded penalties gave Wakefield two shots at goal which Tony
Martin took to make it 4-0 after 28 minutes.
Wigan soon hit back with a try from Sean
O'Loughlin on 34 minutes which made it 6-4 after Richards
converted. O'Loughlin took a short ball from
Mick Higham to drive his way over through the massed defence on
the Wakefield line.
It honesty it was probably Wigan's only clear cut
chance of the game despite dominating territory.
Into the second half and Wigan still couldn't
break through Wakefield despite an early sin binning to Jason
Golden. Just has he returned though Wigan had a penalty which
Richards kicked to make it 8-4 with 27 minutes left
Amazingly that is how it would finished. Neither
side looked like scoring in a month of Sundays except Wakefield
who had a three consecutive sets attempt on the Wigan line with
about 12 minutes left but that failure to score saw Wigan home.
Whether it was the weather I don't know but it was
an awful game but thankfully Wigan once again took the 2 points on