Match Report: Wakefield 10 Wigan 52
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Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 20.
Sunday 8th July 2012. Kick Off 3:30pm at Belle Vue (Rapid Solicitors Stadium).

Match Report

For the first 25 minutes this was a very pedestrian display from Wigan and it was looking like a long afternoon. I think better sides than Wakefield would have produced better than 4-0 in the opening quarter, particularly with the aid of a hefty penalty count in their favour from Thierry Alibert.

For me though it was once the inexperienced Logan Tomkins was replaced by debutant Matty Smith at hooker that we quickly took control and won this game very easily in the end. Can't say I expected to see Smith used at dummy half but it worked well on this particular occasion.

Good debut for Iain Thornley also, which he marked with a brace of tries. His first was a gift off the back of a wonderful offload from Darrell Goulding but his second took some scoring. As ever though it's defence that's the real test and I think he was solid enough.

It was certainly Wakefield though who started this game better. Referee Alibert was helping them with penalties but they found a huge overlap on Anthony Gelling's wing to get Peter Fox over unopposed in just the third minute. Paul Sykes couldn't convert - only 4-0.

Wigan were sloppy with the ball and Gelling had a couple of opportunities to break clear down the left but lacked the pace for me. Wakefield certainly would have been good value for a second score had they got it, but Wigan defended well and were patient enough to realise that the opportunities our way would come.

Our first real clean break of the afternoon saw our first try after Sean O'Loughlin had sent Chris Tuson bursting through. Sam Tomkins was in support to score under the black dot and in Josh Charnley's absence he was also on goal kicking, so converted easy for 6-4 after 16 minutes.

Then on 24 minutes Smith came off the bench and he was quickly involved in the process of our second try. His pass found Brett Finch who sent Gareth "Butcher" Hock rampaging under the posts for our second try. Richard Agar post match said trying to tackle Hock is like throwing yourself in front of a bus and he wasn't wrong on this try. Mathers certainly didn't fancy it. Easy conversion for Sam made it 12-4.

With Smith going in to take every play the ball, we just looked a little bit faster and Wakefield struggled to handle that. Two more tries came before half time. The first of those came after George Carmont had broke fifty metres down the left. It looked like he had bombed it with his option not to pass to support saw him tackled short, but we scored anyway from the play the ball with Sam crashing over.

Moments after Carmont scored himself after Hock sent him over. Butcher was looking like he was back to his pre suspension form here after a couple of quiet games in my opinion recently. Sam converted the first of those two tries to leave the half time score at 22-4.

Wigan had attacked the Benidorm Flats end of Belle Vue in the first half, so after the break they were attacking the Wigan fans who now had a roof over their heads for the first time at this ground. It looks cheap and nasty from the outside but it's quite a good effort I think. Nice touch with the two shed bars at the back of the stand also. A small gesture but it's much appreciated by me anyway!

Always important to get the first score of the second half and we did so on 46 minutes. Two penalties helped us down field but the returning Harrison Hansen timed his run onto an O'Loughlin pass to perfection. Nice to see H return with a score. A good un-sung hero of our squad he is! Conversion missed by Sam - 26-4.

The result was never in danger from then on in. In fact my attention was more on the late drama at Widnes (they had kicked off thirty minutes before our game) after they had gone 19-18 ahead of St Helens, then 23-18 up. Sadly, Saints snatched a 24-23 win in the dying seconds but I understand Widnes had a crucial conversion for 25-18 incorrectly disallowed. One touch judge put flag up and one didn't and for that reason referee Robert Hicks said he couldn't give the goal. Video replays apparently show it went over. Lucky Saints!

Anyway whilst that was happening there, we were kicking on at Wakefield and it was Iain Thornley on 51 minutes who claimed a debut try. Super passing all round for this one but Goulding's offload was all class to get Thornley in.

The youngster then scored again on 57 minutes. This time he needed to work hard, and take defenders over the line with him, as he powered over for a score in the right corner. Sam missed the first of these two tries, but nailed a touchline conversion for the second effort, meaning the score was 36-4.

Then on the hour, Carmont claimed his second with Butcher Hock again being involved with the offload in the build up. Conversion missed however, 40-4 the score. That was enough for Wane though to remove Matty Smith. He'd done in his job with Wigan scoring 7 tries in the 35 minutes he was on the field.

The try on 69 minutes, for Sam Tomkins hat-trick, was a moment of sheer genius. He collected O'Loughlin's chip over the top, then cheekily chipped over the top himself, mugging Mathers in the process, to complete a blinder! You had to bow down to that and you have to see it on the highlights shows later! Easy conversion on the black dot as well for 46-4.

Wakefield grabbed a consolation on 72 minutes from Ben Cockayne but it was nice to see Carmont complete his hat-trick also three minutes later. Sam was beasting it with a break up the middle and George was the support to score. Sam then converted to complete a 52-10 win. One more year George? Why not? 15 tries in 17 appearances this season for him now including 10 in his last 7 matches.

So a good run out this in the end for Wigan ahead of the cup semi final. Nice to be five points clear and able to sit back and relax watching Warrington v Catalan tomorrow. The sad reality though for me is that I don't think Wakefield played too bad, yet they lost 52-10 and perhaps can't play that much better than they did? Not a good sign for the bottom of Super League yet again. But never mind, jobs a good un from our point of view! :)

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I'm really happy with the performance/ I didn't want to limp into the semi-finals of the cup, and I don't think we have, so naturally I'm very pleased. It was close to the perfect performance. We were slightly sluggish at the start, but I wasn't concerned because Wakefield can do that to any team, they've some good players. But some of our tries were superb, and we defended some back-to-back sets really well at times too in the second half." (Sam Tomkins is)  a very special player, and that's what special players do. I'm just glad he plays for me and not anyone else. He gives us a real lift, and he gives us something very different. It was an unbelievable score, and a score not many people could pull off," Wane said. We haven't coached that into him at all; he's been doing things like that since he played for me in the under-18s, so I've a lot of respect for him."

Wakefield Coach Richard Agar: "They're a fantastic side, and will put 50 points past better teams than us this year, so it does need to be put into context slightly. We need to look at our own performance too, however, and we made some bad errors out there today. Our completion rate was unacceptable, and that had a big effect on the scoreboard at the final hooter."

Team Sheets

- Wakefield Position Wigan 1
1 Richard Mathers Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Peter Fox Winger Iain Thornley 37
35 Lee Smith Centre Darrell Goulding 3
17 Danny Kirmond Centre George Carmont 4
5 Ben Cockayne Winger Anthony Gelling 24
34 Paul Sykes Stand Off Sean O'Loughlin 13
20 Tim Smith Scrum Half Brett Finch 6
15 Kyle Amor Prop Ben Flower 23
14 Paul Aiton Hooker Logan Tomkins 28
10 Andy Raleigh Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Ali Lauitiiti 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
33 Lucas Walshaw 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
13 Danny Washbrook L.Forward Chris Tuson 17
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7 Kyle Wood Substitute Liam Farrell 16
8 Oliver Wilkes Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 21
16 Paul Johnson Substitute Dom Crosby 33
22 Kyle Trout Substitute Matty Smith 38
- Richard Agar Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Wakefield Wildcats 10 --- Wigan Warriors 52
Tries (2):
Peter Fox
Ben Cockayne
--- Tries (10):
Sam Tomkins 3
Gareth Hock
George Carmont 3
Harrison Hansen
Iain Thornley 2
Goals:
Paul Sykes 1/2
--- Goals:
Sam Tomkins 6/10

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 00 Try: Peter Fox
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 00 P.Sykes Missed Conversion (0/1)
16th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 04 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 06 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (1/1)
28th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 10 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 12 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (2/2)
33rd Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 16 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (3/3)
37th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 22 Try: George Carmont
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 22 S.Tomkins Missed Conversion (3/4)
Half Time Wakefield Wildcats 04 Wigan Warriors 22
46th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 26 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 26 S.Tomkins Missed Conversion (3/5)
51st Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 30 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 30 S.Tomkins Missed Conversion (3/6)
57th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 34 Try: Iain Thornley (2)
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 36 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (4/7)
60th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 40

Try: George Carmont (2)

- Wakefield 04 Wigan 40 S.Tomkins Missed Conversion (4/8)
69th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 44 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 46 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (5/9)
72nd Minute Wakefield 08 Wigan 46 Try: Ben Cockayne
- Wakefield 10 Wigan 46 Conversion: Paul Sykes (1/2)
75th Minute Wakefield 04 Wigan 50 Try: George Carmont (Hat-Trick)
- Wakefield 04 Wigan 52 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (6/10)
Full Time Wakefield Wildcats 04 Wigan Warriors 52

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Gareth Hock 3rd: Harrison Hansen 4th: George Carmont 5th: Brett Finch

Referee

Thierry Alibert

Penalties Conceded

Wakefield 6 Wigan 10

Match Attendance

9,107

Weather

Dry. Sticky.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 20

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 20 16 0 4 754 319 +435 32
2 Warrington Wolves 20 14 1 5 643 387 +256 29
3 St Helens 20 12 2 6 585 368 +217 26
4 Catalan Dragons 19 13 0 6 572 413 +159 26
5 Leeds Rhinos 20 12 0 8 574 462 +112 24
6 Bradford Bulls 20 11 1 8 459 488 -29 23
7 Huddersfield Giants 20 11 0 9 541 433 +108 22
8 Hull FC 19 10 2 7 454 417 +37 22
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 9 1 10 545 493 +52 19
10 Salford City Reds 20 8 1 11 484 568 -84 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 20 6 0 14 392 606 -214 12
12 Castleford Tigers 20 6 0 14 432 660 -228 12
13 Widnes Vikings 20 4 0 16 336 846 -510 8
14 London Broncos 20 3 0 17 378 689 -311 6

Round 20 Results
Fri 6 July Leeds Rhinos 21 Hull FC 6 13,250
Sun 8 July Bradford Bulls 44 London Broncos 12 10,132
Sun 8 July Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Salford City Reds 24 7,213
Sun 8 July Widnes Vikings 23 St Helens 24 7,023
Sun 8 July Castleford Tigers 52 Huddersfield Giants 6 5,012
Sun 8 July Wakefield Wildcats 10 Wigan Warriors 52 9,107
Mon 9 July Warrington Wolves 15 Catalan Dragons 6 10,570