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|Friday 7th April 2006|
|Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40 Wigan Warriors 14|
|Belle Vue, Wakefield|
|Engage Super League 11 - Round 8 of 28|
|Kick Off 8:00pm|
|5||Brett Dallas||T2||1||Colum Halpenny||T|
|2||Mark Calderwood||20||Austin Buchanan|
|4||David Vaealiki||3||Jason Demetriou||T|
|14||Kevin Brown||T||4||Jon Whittle||T|
|3||Pat Richards||G||5||Semi Tadulala|
|24||Darrell Goulding||16||Jamie Rooney||T||G8|
|7||Dennis Moran||6||Ben Jeffries|
|17||Jerry Seuseu||17||Duncan MacGillivray|
|9||Mick Higham||7||Sam Obst||T|
|16||Bryn Hargreaves||10||Michael Korkidas||T|
|15||Danny Tickle||18||Oliver Elima|
|31||Tim Jonkers||11||David Solomona|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||13||Monty Betham|
|6||Danny Orr||8||Darrell Griffin|
|22||Joel Tomkins||12||Jamie Field|
|32||Oliver Wilkes||14||Paul White|
|34||Jordan James||26||Ned Catic|
Not much more I can add that the scoreline doesn't
tell you. Brett Dallas (2) and Kevin Brown scored but pretty much
we were sh*te.
Like my Drama teacher said to me once - "I've seen more fizz in a bottle of milk".
Until the club admits to itself that they are in a relegation battle we won't be able to move forward.
Well we sunk to new depths as our fellow strugglers Wakefield made sure we remained bottom of the table ahead of the derby with Saints next Friday
First-half tries from Michael Korkidas, Jamie Rooney, Colum Halpenny, Jon Whittle and Jason Demetriou had given us a right kick in the teeth first half. We couldn't really get any worse after the break and the Wigan response from Brett Dallas (2) and Kevin Brown was scant consolation in the face of the one-way traffic early doors.
Second-row David Solomona, who this week turned down a move to Wigan opponents, returned after a two-match absence for Wakefield with a rib injury, while Ben Jeffries was passed fit at scrum half.
The absences of Wayne Godwin (hip), Paul Prescott (eye) and Bryan Fletcher (suspension) meant Jordan James, a signing from Swinton got a debut on the bench.
The home side got off to the best possible start when Pat Richards dropped the ball in Wigan's first set of six and Korkidas crashed over from Solomona's neat short ball.
It was the first of several dreadful handling errors from the Australian import, filling in at full-back, who looked so impressive in winning the NRL title with Wests Tigers last term but who has struggled to adapt to Super League so far.
The Wildcats added a second try on seven minutes, when Olivier Elima broke through some poor tackling and found Rooney on his inside, with Rooney's second goal opening up a 12-0 lead.
Two minutes later it was 18-0 as Korkidas this time made the easy break for Halpenny to back up and score, with Rooney again on target with the boot.
18-0 down after ten minutes, this was embarrassing. "At least we might get St Helens off the record books" was one remark from a Wigan fan.
We offered absolutely nothing in attack and Wakefield were in again after 18 minutes, Ned Catic brushing off more woeful tackling to offload to former Warrior Whittle to cross in the corner, Rooney's touchline conversion adding salt to Wigan wounds.
After 26 minutes came a passage of play that summed up our season perfectly - the home side fumbled on Wigan's 20 metre line, and Mark Calderwood fly-kicked the ball ahead three times only to touch down inches over the Wakefield dead-ball line.
To make matters worse the speedy winger injured his hamstring in the process which, despite him trying to run it off, forced him from the field shortly after.
Rooney extended Wakefield's lead to 26-0 with a penalty bang in front after Jeffries was obstructed chasing his own kick, before we finally got something to cheer.
Mick Higham made the break, handed onto Sean O'Loughlin, who put Dallas over for a try under the posts that Richards quickly converted.
The start of another come back? Nope it was a false start as Jason Demetriou added Wakefield's fifth try just before the break which Rooney again converted for a 32-6 advantage which certainly did not flatter the home side.
The second half got off to a lively start with new signing James going high on Korkidas and then another altercation involving Higham threatening to get out of hand as tempers became heated.
Rooney added a penalty for the second incident to make it 34-6, before the Warriors notched their second try on 52 minutes.
Danny Orr's kick was fumbled horribly by Austin Buchanan into the path of Dallas, who got downward pressure onto the ball over the line, although Danny Tickle missed the difficult kick.
Tickle suffered more misfortune on the hour mark as he dropped the ball on halfway and Sam Obst had too much pace for the covering defence, with Rooney's eighth goal bringing up the 40-point mark.
Brown pulled another try back for Wigan after 66 minutes, but
Tickle's conversion bounced back off the post to compound our
misery. The rain also began to fall heavily in the final ten
minutes which was ironic as Wigan had been p*ssing in the wind all
Phil Bentham (Warrington)
Super League 11 - Round 8 Results
|Fri 7 Apr||Hull FC 26 Leeds Rhinos 34||10,958|
|Fri 7 Apr||St Helens 16 Harlequins 6||9,520|
|Fri 7 Apr||Salford City Reds 36 Huddersfield Giants 18||4,084|
|Fri 7 Apr||Wakefield Wildcats 40 Wigan Warriors 14||4,557|
|Sat 8 Apr||Bradford Bulls 18 Warrington Wolves 22||11,136|
|Sat 8 Apr||Catalan Dragons 51 Castleford Tigers 14||6,109|
Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
|3||Salford City Reds||8||6||0||2||196||120||+76||12|