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Match Report: Wakefield 30 Wigan 38
Posted by Bilko on May 25 2008 - 18:06

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Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XIII Rd 15.
Sunday 25th May 2008. Kick Off 3:30pm at Belle Vue.

Story of the Match

Job done - that's the best thing you can say about this win. Wasn't great - wasn't poor - Wigan just simply took most of the opportunities that came our way.

Wigan, as they always seem to do, started slowly. It was all Wakefield early doors and Danny Brough was unlucky to have a try disallowed for offside - right call I thought although it was the other end of the pitch from us Wigan fans.

Trinity soon went ahead with Damien Blanch scoring to make it 6-0 (Conversion from Brough) in the 6th minute.

Wigan struggled to get hold of territory but once they did they levelled the scores. Took about quarter of an hour but Thomas Leuluai went over close to the sticks and Richards' conversion made it 6-6.

Watching Wigan you'll know they make unforced errors and concede silly penalties and it was same here first half.

One penalty on 23 minutes resulted in a shot of goal by Danny Brough in which he hit the post. Silly decision to kick for two really as the wind was strong and against him.

Three minutes later though they scored a try through youngster Jay Pitts. A kick from Brough was palmed back by Scott Grix into the delightful arms of Pitts who fell over for the score. Brough converted - 12-6 Wakefield.

Their is a rugby league saying that teams are always vulnerable when they have scored a try and Wakefield proved it here. Richards found touch from the restart which gave Wigan easy territory. A simple offload allowed Andy Coley to barge over for an easy score. Richards - converted to make it 12 all.

Then two minutes before half time Wigan went ahead for the first time in the afternoon. Danny Sculthorpe nailed Gareth Hock with a high tackle and Pat kicked the two with ease to make it 14-12 at the break.

Into the second half and it was Wakefield who struck first. A great 40/20 from Brough gave Wakefield the territory to punish Wigan. Tony Martin beat Leuluai to score in the corner and Brough managed to convert off the touchline to make it 18-14 - 47 minutes.

Wigan soon hit back though with a long ball out wide from Barrett sending Liam Colbon over in the corner. Kicking into the wind Pat missed the extras but it was now 18 all and anyone's game.

Barrett though was beginning to take control and the next try also come from his assist. He stuck one up in the air and who else but Pat nicked it out of the clutches of ex Warrior Sean Gleeson. As if picking apples off a tree he touched down and converted to make it 24-18 - 56 minutes.

Five minutes later a penalty goal from Pat extended the lead to 8 and then Barrett worked his magic again - this time to send Gareth Hock over. Nice angled run from Hock who again had a great game - his form is on fire at the moment!

So Wigan had a 14 point, three try lead with 17 minutes left but just like against Catalans they finished the match poorly.

Five minutes from full time Matt Blaymire scored a converted try to give Wakefield hope and although Wigan saw out one set of six they fell asleep from a twenty metre restart. New rules brought in this year mean you can kick for touch at a 20 metre restart and so Brough boomed a kick 60 metres and found touch.

First time I've seen it enforced and it clearly caught Wigan off guard - no one had dropped back.

It gave Wakefield the field position and Blanch went over in the corner to score his second in the 79th minute. Brough had to quickly convert and managed to do it well off the touchline. So Wakefield 30 Wigan 32 with what I made 30 seconds left but of course their was injury time to consider.

Injury time saw Wigan sweating on a two point lead for about 4 minutes but they managed to see out a dangerous set of six in which Wakefield naturally threw the ball willy nilly.

When Wigan got the ball they broke clear - JUST DON'T PASS, DON'T PASS I shouted in more colourful language but after a clear break they did and it sent Harrison Hansen away to score in the corner and wrap up the win. Richards converted - 38-30 full time.

So a win in the end but they really need to learn how to close winning positions out more easily. If only for the Wigan fans' blood pressure!

Must say Feka was again superb today. Couple of his trademark barnstorming runs got Wigan going second half and perhaps were a big key to victory? Shaded by Hock for man of the match though.

Game Breaking Moment

Probably the penalty goal on 61 minutes. It was the first time either side had opened up a 2 score lead and that proved vital in the end.

Top Player

Gareth Hock - Immense again today. Going from contender to certain International starter if he continues with form like this.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "This time last year we got thumped here so it's good to come away with the points. This is a very difficult place to come and play, because they scrap and they gouge - and that's not a disrespectful thing to say, because they are always in your face, trying to find a reason to score points. They were missing a load of players but whoever shows up and plays for them is tough. Gareth (Hock) keeps showing those improvements and he's maturing isn't he?. Was it a difficult choice to play him at loose-forward? No, no, not at all. I thought he could be a threat on both sides of the field, and that was our plan, but he ended up being a threat down the middle. He got himself in a position to carry the ball with his footwork, and looked very, very strong again."

Wakefield coach John Kear: "There were many plus points but we have got to learn about our discipline. From half-time to 70 minutes we conceded six penalties to nil, and that's when the scoreboard really changed. But we were down to our last 17, and there is only Sean O'Loughlin to come into Wigan's strongest team. We've got an army of blokes sat in the stands watching the game so that's heartening for us. To show we can be so competitive when we're so depleted is very heartening."

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan -
1 Matt Blaymire Full Back Richard Mathers 1
19 Sean Gleeson Winger Liam Colbon 14
3 Tony Martin Centre Phil Bailey 12
4 Ryan Atkins Centre George Carmont 4
2 Damien Blanch Winger Pat Richards 5
21 Scott Grix Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Danny Brough Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
28 Kyle Bibb Prop Stuart Fielden 8
14 Sam Obst Hooker Mick Higham 9
18 Oliver Wilkes Prop Andy Coley 15
12 D.MacGillivray 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
23 Jason Golden 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 22
10 Danny Sculthorpe L.Forward Gareth Hock 11
- - - - -
9 Brad Drew Substitute Darrell Goulding 3
25 Richard Moore Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
27 Aaron Murphy Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
30 Jay Pitts Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 30 - Wigan Warriors 38
Tries (5):
Damien Blanch 2
Jay Pitts
Tony Martin
Matt Blaymire
- Tries (6):
Thomas Leuluai
Andy Coley
Liam Colbon
Pat Richards
Gareth Hock
Harrison Hansen
Danny Brough 5/6


Pat Richards 7/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

6th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Damien Blanch
- Wakefield 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Brough (1/1)
15th Minute Wakefield 06 Wigan 04 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Wakefield 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
23rd Minute Wakefield 06 Wigan 06 D. Brough Missed Penalty Goal (1/2)
26th Minute Wakefield 10 Wigan 06 Try: Jay Pitts
- Wakefield 12 Wigan 06 Conversion: Danny Brough (2/3)
30th Minute Wakefield 12 Wigan 10 Try: Andy Coley
- Wakefield 12 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
38th Minute Wakefield 12 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 12 Wigan Warriors 14
47th Minute Wakefield 16 Wigan 14 Try: Tony Martin
- Wakefield 18 Wigan 14 Conversion: Danny Brough (3/4)
51st Minute Wakefield 18 Wigan 18 Try: Liam Colbon
- Wakefield 18 Wigan 18 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/4)
56th Minute Wakefield 18 Wigan 22 Try: Pat Richards
- Wakefield 18 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
61st Minute Wakefield 18 Wigan 26 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/6)
62nd Minute Wakefield 18 Wigan 30 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wakefield 18 Wigan 32 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
75th Minute Wakefield 22 Wigan 32 Try: Matt Blaymire
- Wakefield 24 Wigan 32 Conversion: Danny Brough (4/5)
79th Minute Wakefield 28 Wigan 32 Try: Damien Blanch (2)
- Wakefield 30 Wigan 32 Conversion: Danny Brough (5/6)
80th Minute Wakefield 30 Wigan 36 Try: Harrison Hansen
80th Minute Wakefield 30 Wigan 38 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/8)
Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 30 Wigan Warriors 38


Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Penalties Conceded

Wakefield 10 Wigan 8

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Wakefield 0 Wigan 0

Match Attendance


Match Weather

Strong Winds. Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 15

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 15 13 0 2 490 190 +300 26
2 St Helens 15 10 0 5 443 295 +148 20
3 Catalans Dragons 15 9 1 5 347 324 +23 19
4 Wigan Warriors 15 9 0 6 343 358 -15 18
5 Bradford Bulls 15 8 0 7 373 322 +51 16
6 Hull Kingston Rovers 15 7 1 7 293 333 -40 15
7 Warrington Wolves 15 7 0 8 347 378 -31 14
8 Harlequins 15 7 0 8 311 361 -50 14
9 Wakefield Wildcats 15 7 0 8 318 376 -58 14
10 Huddersfield Giants 15 4 1 10 335 378 -43 9
11 Hull FC 15 4 1 10 266 341 -75 9
12 Castleford Tigers 15 3 0 12 299 509 -210 4

Round 15 Results
Fri 23 May Bradford Bulls 14 Leeds Rhinos 30 14,013
Sat 24 May Catalan Dragons 48 Huddersfield Giants 0 7,785
Sun 25 May Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Harlequins 8 8,084
Sun 25 May Wakefield Wildcats 30 Wigan Warriors 38 6,370
Sun 25 May Hull FC 8 St Helens 16 14,653
Mon 26 May Warrington Wolves 28 Castleford Tigers 36 7,788

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