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
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
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
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'
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.