|Took a while for this game to get going. Couple of very early penalty goals put Wakefield 4-0 inside the first ten minutes whilst Wigan looked asleep.|
They eventually woke up and once they got good field position Tim Smith showed a nice bit of class to earn his first Wigan try. He dummied twice to fool Danny Brough and then touched down which together with Pat Richard's conversion made it 6-4 after 19 minutes.
It was another solid display from Smith. Still looks off the pace fitness wise but two big intensity games against Leeds and St Helens coming up should have him in good shape come play off time.
Wigan went further ahead on 24 minutes. Patient build up play was finished with a good try from Thomas Leuluai. He stretched hard to reach over the line close to the sticks and Pat's conversion made it 12-4.
Four minutes later it was 16-4 with Cameron Phelps scoring out wide. He too he proving a useful mid season signing. That's his fourth try in nine matches. Pat missed this conversion out wide though so it remained 16-4 till half time.
However just before the break came that harsh sending off for Richard Mathers which help raise Wakefield's spirits.
They came out second half fired up and starved Wigan of possession. The good territory eventually saw them score two converted tries in three minutes which levelled up the scores.
First ex Warrior Danny Sculthorpe barged over before Duncan MacGillivray was sent over by Danny Brough. Brough converted both and it looked ominous for Wigan.
But without being pretty they ground their way out of the mini mess they'd got themselves in.
A 58th minute penalty goal from Richards was followed up a minute later with a close range dart over from Mick Higham which together with a conversion from Pat put Wigan 24-16 ahead.
The penalty goal came after a high shot from Sculthorpe on Higham which the referee placed on report. Again it's the inconsistency. Mathers got a straight red card but this incident goes "on report". I bet both incidents end up being punished in the week.
Anyway Wakefield came back again though with a score from another ex Wigan prop Oliver Wilkes. Brough converted the try to bring it back to 24-22.
Wigan again could have buckled but another penalty goal from Richards and a late try from Joel Tomkins sealed a 32-22 win. Like I said, not pretty but a good grind out win.