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|Easter Monday 9th April 2012|
|Wigan Warriors 36 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 6|
|DW Stadium, Wigan|
|Stobart Super League 17 - Round 11 of 27|
|Kick Off 3:00pm|
|1||Sam Tomkins||18||Motu Tony|
|2||Josh Charnley||T||G4||2||Peter Fox|
|3||Darrell Goulding||T2||34||Paul Sykes||G|
|4||George Carmont||T2||4||Vince Mellars|
|24||Anthony Gelling||T||31||Liam Kay|
|6||Brett Finch||6||Isaac John|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||T||7||Kyle Wood||T|
|8||Paul Prescott||8||Oliver Wilkes|
|28||Logan Tomkins||9||Andy Ellis|
|14||Jeff Lima||15||Kyle Amor|
|11||Harrison Hansen||33||Lucas Walshaw|
|12||Gareth Hock||19||Frankie Mariano|
|17||Chris Tuson||13||Danny Washbrook|
|9||Michael McIlorum||14||Paul Aiton|
|21||Epalahame Lauaki||16||Paul Johnson|
|22||Gil Dudson||21||Matt Wildie|
|26||Jack Hughes||22||Kyle Trout|
Considering the heavy to torrential rain that battered this match for 70 minutes, and the fact it was the second match of an Easter double, this was an efficiently executed performance from Wigan.
Hell of a boring game mind you but Wakefield at home was always going to be a bit of a comedown just three days on from the massive high of Good Friday. That's really why this was a good performance. Wane said post match it "could of got ugly" and he's right. Wakefield came here and played well but they really needed Wigan to invite them into this contest and it just never happened. We completed sets well and the discipline from us was excellent also.
I think you have to say though that it's quite condemning really that Wakefield can play well but yet never compete. They really put in a lot of effort I thought but you knew after ten minutes that this game was never going to be lost, even before we had scored. Now even though I have been a huge critic of Wakefield being in Super League for a long time, particularly with the standards of their ground, I have to acknowledge that they are a club that has been trying really hard in the past 12 months since administration. You have to give them massive credit for still being on the park but the question I ask myself is whether they could actually play any better than what was seen in this game? Yes Ali Lauitiiti and Richard Mathers were missing but their are just too many afternoons like this at the moment in which we know early on that the game will be won either easy or ugly, and that can't be good for a top flight competition? All I'm saying here is that the standards in the 10th to 14th ish league positions are really, really low and that is where licensing has fallen down badly for me.
Like I said, this game was played in heavy rain but the pitch wasn't too bad. It wasn't conditions for clean breaks and free flowing rugby though, so it meant a pack battle which Wigan completely controlled. Wane made a couple of changes from the derby victory. Anthony Gelling replaced Pat Richards on the left wing, whilst Eric Lauaki returned to the bench in place of Tom Spencer. Logan Tomkins was also given the first start of his Wigan career with Mike McIlorum dropping to the interchange.
An early 40/20 from Sam Tomkins got Wigan a perfect chance to open the score but it ended up being wasted. Wakefield's early tactics seem to be to test Gelling with bombs but he diffused a couple in goal with no dramas.
The lead eventually came to Wigan in the 14th Minute with a typical close range spin out a tackle and score effort from Thomas Leuluai. Shocking conversion from Josh Charnley though meant it was only a 4-0 lead.
I made a tweet after 20 minutes which read "dull, dull, dull!" and that's what the game was like but a lot of that was because of the weather rather than Wigan getting themselves into one of those frustrating home afternoons. The tries in this game were always going to come.
Thus it proved on 26 minutes when Brett Finch put a bomb up towards Gelling and he collected and touched down in the left corner. The gazelle like Pat Richards would of been proud of that one. Charnley nailed a touchline conversion this time for a 10-0 lead.
Four minutes later, Darrell Goulding finished off a classy try which had seen Gareth Hock, Carmont and Jeff Lima all involved before Fuzzy finished off. Charnley missed the kick though so it was just 14-0.
You feared that the floodgates might open in the ten minutes to half time but that is what you have to credit Wakefield for in this game. They never collapsed in a heap did they?
The only addition to the scoring Wigan made before the break was a penalty goal after Sam Tomkins had been obstructed after putting in a chip forward. The incident happened after the hooter so it was right call to take the two which made it 16-0.
Into the second half and the weather got worse. The rain was hammering it down onto the roofs of the four stands around the DW Stadium but Wigan just stuck to their basic grind it out game plan. Bit more quality in the tries though second half and this was highlighted on 47 minutes.
Finch had avoided a couple of tackles and put up a neat bomb towards the left. Gelling again collected in the air before putting in a beautiful offload to send Carmont in. You could see Gelling's delight in that effort. He wasn't much cop really at Wakefield but I think any player will draw huge confidence and take a hell of a lot out of playing alongside the classy Carmont. He had an excellent home debut! Charnley again missed the kick though, so we were only at 20-0.
Four minutes later it was Charnley himself in for a score. For some reason Carmont popped up with a neat run on the right hand side before his pass got Josh in. Excellent thinking from the young kid who roamed round towards the sticks to take advantage of some lazy defending. This made his conversion far easier for him and extended our lead to 26-0. Then on 58 minutes, Goulding score his second to take advantage of a Wakefield error deep in their own half. Charnley missed his fourth conversion though 30-0.
Again you wondered if the floodgates would open here but like I said, Wakefield never rolled over and died. In fact they got on the scoresheet on 64 minutes from a very rare attack. Nice try actually with Kyle Wood scoring close to the posts, Paul Sykes conversion making it 36-6.
But Wigan had the last say in the game with Carmont claiming his second in the 68th minute, which was converted by Charnley, but no further scoring occurred in the final ten minutes despite the rain disappearing and the sun making a brief appearance. Mike McIlorum also had kicked a second 40/20 of the afternoon with 9 minutes left but Wakefield defended that well.
Two footnotes to this one. Firstly chairman Ian Lenegan appeared in the South Stand post match and was saying that he'll be meeting Brett Finch to discuss a new contract. He also made the point of how the club is seeing this weekend's efforts as the proper launch into our season. With three potential cup rounds coming up quick and fast, on top of a big game away at Hull, this is a great time to hit form and hopefully that will carry on.
Secondly, Darrell Goulding was brought into the bar with Kris Radlinski. What a very well spoken man he proved to be. I hope the doubters will get off his back now. He has proven himself to be an excellent centre and I struggle to think of a time when he has ever let us down? He's doing a great job. Goulding also mentioned about Finch, that he was wanting to go home last year but how he's enjoying it more this time round and he was praising the current coaching team for that turnaround in Brett's mentality!
Happy Easter! :)
Super League 17 - Round 11 Results
|Mon 9 Apr||Catalan Dragons 44 Warrington Wolves 16||11,500|
|Mon 9 Apr||Huddersfield Giants 22 Hull FC 4||9,950|
|Mon 9 Apr||Leeds Rhinos 52 London Broncos 10||13,109|
|Mon 9 Apr||Salford City Reds 10 Hull Kingston Rovers 18||5,000|
|Mon 9 Apr||Widnes Vikings 4 Bradford Bulls 38||5,687|
|Mon 9 Apr||Wigan Warriors 36 Wakefield Wildcats 6||13,609|
|Mon 9 Apr||Castleford Tigers 12 St Helens 18||6,492|
Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
|9||Hull Kingston Rovers||11||4||1||6||250||280||-30||9|
|10||Salford City Reds||11||4||0||7||238||322||-84||8|