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Match Report: Wigan 32 Wakefield 22
Posted by Bilko on August 16 2008 - 10:01

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Friday 15th August 2008
Wigan Warriors 32 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 13 - Round 25 of 27

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Wakefield    
1 Richard Mathers       21 Scott Grix    
2 Mark Calderwood       2 Damien Blanch    
21 Cameron Phelps  T      19 Sean Gleeson    
4 George Carmont       4 Ryan Atkins    
5 Pat Richards    G6    15 Matt Peterson    
32 Tim Smith  T      6 Jamie Rooney    
7 Thomas Leuluai  T      7 Danny Brough    G5 
8 Stuart Fielden       18 Oliver Wilkes  T   
9 Mick Higham  T      9 Brad Drew    
15 Andy Coley       25 Richard Moore    
12 Phil Bailey       13 Jason Demetriou    
16 Harrison Hansen       23 Jason Golden    
22 Joel Tomkins  T      10 Danny Sculthorpe  T   
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       12 Duncan MacGillivray  T   
14 Liam Colbon       16 Ricky Bibey    
17 Michael McIlorum       20 Tevita Leo-Latu    
24 Eamon O'Carroll       28 Kyle Bibb    


I think that's a good grind out win considering the sending off late in the first half. Having been pegged back to 16-16 from a comfortable position, it took good mental strength to not collapse in a heap.

As for the sending off it looked very harsh. He was guilty of leading with the forearm but not enough malicious intent to warrant a red card.

That's our fourth sending off this season and we've now had more red cards (3) in the last four home matches than we'd had in the previous 12 Super League campaigns!! For the record the two before this season were Ricky Bibey in a 31-30 defeat at Salford in 2001, which ended Frank Endacott's reign at the club, and Paul Johnson at Castleford in February 2003.

Personally I don't find the red card being shown if consistency is shown. Ali Lauitiiti of Leeds was involved in a similar incident in their game at Warrington a couple of weeks back but was only placed "on report".

Still it showed great character to come away with the victory so good credit to Wigan for that.

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.

03mins:25Wigan 00Wakefield 02Penalty Goal: Danny Brough (1/1)
07mins:30Wigan 00Wakefield 04Penalty Goal: Danny Brough (2/2)
18mins:20Wigan 04Wakefield 04Try: Tim Smith
-Wigan 06Wakefield 04Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
24mins:08Wigan 10Wakefield 04Try: Thomas Leuluai
-Wigan 12Wakefield 04Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
29mins:32Wigan 16Wakefield 04Try: Cameron Phelps
-Wigan 16Wakefield 04P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
37mins:44Wigan Red CardRichard Mathers (Illegal Forearm Use)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 16 Wakefield Wildcats 04
46mins:29Wigan 16Wakefield 08Try: Danny Sculthorpe
-Wigan 16Wakefield 10Conversion: Danny Brough (3/3)
49mins:03Wigan 16Wakefield 14Try: Duncan MacGillivray
-Wigan 16Wakefield 16Conversion: Danny Brough (4/4)
56mins:26Wakefield On ReportDanny Sculthorpe (High Tackle)
56mins:27Wigan 18Wakefield 16Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/4)
58mins:21Wigan 22Wakefield 16Try: Mick Higham
-Wigan 24Wakefield 16Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
63mins:20Wigan 24Wakefield 20Try: Oliver Wilkes
-Wigan 24Wakefield 22Conversion: Danny Brough (5/5)
72mins:54Wigan 26Wakefield 22Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/6)
76mins:50Wigan 30Wakefield 22Try: Joel Tomkins
-Wigan 32Wakefield 22Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
80mins:00Wigan 32Wakefield 22P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (6/8)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 32 Wakefield Wildcats 22

Ben Thaler



Super League 13 - Round 25 Results
Fri 15 Aug Leeds Rhinos 54 Castleford Tigers 12 17,354
Fri 15 Aug Wigan Warriors 32 Wakefield Wildcats 22 12,319
Sat 16 Aug Huddersfield Giants 20 Catalan Dragons 22 12,127
Sun 17 Aug Bradford Bulls 42 Hull FC 14 9,181
Sun 17 Aug Harlequins 16 St Helens 32 3,629
Sun 17 Aug Warrington Wolves 34 Hull Kingston Rovers 36 8,530

Engage Super League 13 Table - After This Round
1St Helens252005884419+46540
2Leeds Rhinos251906781385+39638
3Catalans Dragons251627638553+8534
4Warrington Wolves2514011646631+1528
5Wigan Warriors2513210616630-1428
6Bradford Bulls2512013645591+5424
7Hull Kingston Rovers2510114510663-15321
8Wakefield Wildcats2510015524698-17420
10Huddersfield Giants259115578621-4319
11Hull FC257117504657-15315
12Castleford Tigers256118533827-29413

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