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Match Report: Wigan 8 Wakefield 4
Posted by Bilko on March 28 2008 - 22:13

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Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats. Engage Super League XIII Rd 9.
Friday 28th March 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Dreadful match in dreadful weather, ruined by referee Ian Smith who blew up for a new Super League Record, 32 penalties during the match.

Wigan 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 offer.

Game Breaking Moment

The three consecutive sets that Wakefield failed to score from saw Wigan home.

Top Player

Really hardly to choose anyone in that weather. It was a slog fest.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "(32 penalties), That's probably a Super League record  isn't it? We're just going to drive our fans away if this continues. The whole focus at the moment is on referees and how many penalties they have given and, with the best will in the world, I'll go through every one of his penalties and there's probably justification for probably all of them. Some I might be able to argue with but you could probably find another 50 or 60 of the same in the game. We have to find some common ground and we have to find some common sense, I feel, because 32 penalties in a game ruins it. I don't know what the driving force behind it is, but it must be somebody. It's not for me to say, but we are extremely disappointed about the amount of penalties we are giving away, and it's something we consciously talk about every week. I think there is an expression called nit-picking - but I always thought the game was about the players and the referees had to be anonymous. (trent Barrett) had a bang on the kneecap after the last game, and we knew all week that he wasn't going to play, but we're pretty confident he'll be all right for next week, It's a great challenge and a great opportunity for us next week, but we're excited by that."

Wakefield Coach John Kear: "It was a tired-looking, slow game, and I don't think it was helped by the 32 penalties. I don't know what the solution is. It's all right saying 'penalise', but you can penalise every bit of ruck play, and every time the defensive line is there. It's one thing knowing the rules but it's another thing knowing the game - and perhaps some education in that might be called for."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Wakefield -
5 Pat Richards Full Back Matt Blaymire 1
2 Mark Calderwood Winger Sean Gleeson 19
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Jason Demetriou 13
4 George Carmont Centre Ryan Atkins 4
14 Liam Colbon Winger Tony Martin 3
1 Richard Mathers Stand Off Scott Grix 21
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Jamie Rooney 6
8 Stuart Fielden Prop Adam Watene 8
17 Mike McIlorum Hooker Kevin Henderson 17
15 Andy Coley Prop Danny Sculthorpe 10
12 Phil Bailey 2nd Row Richard Moore 25
16 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Duncan MacGillvray 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Dale Ferguson 24
- - - - -
9 Mick Higham Substitute Ricky Bibey 16
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Oliver Wilkes 18
22 Joel Tomkins Substitute Jason Golden 23
24 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Jay Pitts 30

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 8 --- Wakefield Wildcats 4
Tries (1):
Sean O'Loughlin
--- Tries (0):
Pat Richards 2/3
--- Goals:
Tony Martin 2/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

26th Minute Wigan 00 Wakefield 02 Penalty Goal: Tony Martin (1/1)
28th Minute Wigan 00 Wakefield 04 Penalty Goal: Tony Martin (2/2)
34th Minute Wigan 04 Wakefield 04 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 06 Wakefield 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
40th Minute Wigan 06 Wakefield 04 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 04
42nd Minute Wakefield Sin Bin Jason Golden (Persistent Offside)
53rd Minute Wigan 08 Wakefield 04 Penalty Goal : Pat Richards (2/3)
80th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Mick Higham (Holding Down)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 08 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 04


Ian Smith (Oldham)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 16 Wakefield 16

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Wigan 2 Wakefield 2

Match Attendance



Driving Rain.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 9

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 9 8 0 1 284 90 +194 16
2 Warrington Wolves 9 6 0 3 233 192 +41 12
3 Wigan Warriors 9 6 0 3 201 195 +6 12
4 St Helens 9 5 0 4 230 197 +33 10
5 Bradford Bulls 9 5 0 4 219 188 +31 10
6 Harlequins 9 5 0 4 186 197 -11 10
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 9 4 1 4 175 169 +6 9
8 Catalans Dragons 9 4 1 4 187 210 -23 9
9 Huddersfield Giants 9 3 1 5 199 212 -13 7
10 Wakefield Wildcats 9 3 0 6 164 226 -62 6
11 Hull FC 9 2 1 6 147 213 -66 5
12 Castleford Tigers 9 1 0 8 151 287 -136 2

Round 9 Results
Fri 28 Mar St Helens 10 Leeds Rhinos 14 11,188
Fri 28 Mar Wigan Warriors 8 Wakefield Wildcats 4 12,933
Sat 29 Mar Harlequins 8 Warrington Wolves 6 7,444
Sat 29 Mar Catalan Dragons 28 Hull FC 28 8,450
Sun 30 Mar Bradford Bulls 50 Castleford Tigers 4 10,119
Sun 30 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Huddersfield Giants 24 7,101

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