25th September 2020: Wigan 28 Wakefield 16
Posted by Bilko on September 26 2020 - 10:21

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Friday 25th September 2020
Wigan Warriors 28 Wakefield Trinity 16
Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 22 - Round 13 of 22

Kick Off 8:15pm

 

- Wigan       - Wakefield    
6 Bevan French  T2      1 Alex Walker    
23 Jake Bibby       2 Tom Johnstone  T   
1 Zak Hardaker    G4    3 Bill Tupou    
4 Oliver Gildart  T      4 Reece Lyne    
5 Joe Burgess       5 Ben Jones-Bishop    
7 Thomas Leuluai       6 Jacob Miller  T   
31 Jackson Hastings  T      24

Tony Gigot

   G2 
30

Ethan Havard

      15

Craig Kopczak

   
9 Sam Powell  T      19 Jordan Crowther    
14

Ben Flower

      10

Tinirau Arona

 T   
11 Willie Isa       36 Kelepi Tanginoa    
12 Liam Farrell       14 Jay Pitts    
17

Oliver Partington

      13

Joe Westerman

   
Interchange:
22 Mitch Clark       9 Kyle Wood    
28 Harry Smith       11 Matty Ashurst    
29 Jack Wells       17 Chris Green    
33 Joe Shorrocks       18 Adam Tangata    
               
Report: 

Wigan had to fight hard to overcome a spirited Wakefield performance, especially having found themselves 12-0 down early.

It was a blustery, and sometimes rainy, night at Warrington and Wakefield showed their intent with early scores from Jacob Miller and Tinirau Arona seeing them lead 12-0 in 17 minutes with Tony Gigot converting both.

Wigan though settled down and two lovely "one-two" combinations down the left found us level.

First Jackson Hastings found Liam Farrell before getting the ball back to score. Then it was Bevan French and Joe Burgess combining for an almost carbon copy. French's score and two conversions by Zak Hardaker had it 12-12 on 29 minutes.

That score held for around 30 minutes of game time and at times Wakefield look more likely to score. Trinity's kicking game was exceptional with them pinning and pressuring Wigan on the try line time and time and time again. But they couldn't find a try. Wigan's defence too good.

A close range barge over from Sam Powell broke the deadlock under the posts on the hour and another close range sore by Oliver Gildart followed by a classy second for French had taken the score from 12-12 to 28-12 in just 8 minutes and that was the game won.

Wakefield found a consolation try from Tom Johnstone but only after he'd been denied minutes earlier by superb tackling between Thomas Leuluai and Jake Bibby.

So not the prettiest but Wakefield tested Wigan well in this game but patience was a virtue and they came through the test for another 2.3% that keeps them joint top of the table ahead of playing both St Helens and Warrington up there with them to play next in the league.

Scoring: 
10:14 Wigan 00 Wakefield 04

Try: Jacob Miller

Wigan 00 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Tony Gigot (1/1)

16:34 Wigan 00 Wakefield 10

Try: Tinirau Arona

Wigan 00 Wakefield 12

Conversion: Tony Gigot (2/2)

22:45 Wigan 04 Wakefield 12

Try: Jackson Hastings

Wigan 06 Wakefield 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)

28:55 Wigan 10 Wakefield 12

Try: Bevan French

Wigan 12 Wakefield 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)

Half` Time Wigan Warriors 12 Wakefield Trinity 12
59:15 Wigan 16 Wakefield 12

Try: Sam Powell

Wigan 18 Wakefield 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/3)

65:06 Wigan 22 Wakefield 12

Try: Oliver Gildart

Wigan 22 Wakefield 12

Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (3/4)

67:20 Wigan 26 Wakefield 12

Try: Bevan French (2)

Wigan 28 Wakefield 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (4/5)

75:26 Wigan 28 Wakefield 16

Try: Tom Johnstone

Wigan 28 Wakefield 16

Missed Conv: Tony Gigot (2/3)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Wakefield Trinity 16
Referee: 

James Child

Attendance: 

0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)

Note: 

This match was originally meant to be Round 24 of 29 in original fixture list and played on Friday 7th August 2020.

Betfred Super League 25 - Round 7 Results
Thu 17 Sept Wakefield 6 Huddersfield 29 (at Huddersfield) 0

Betfred Super League 25 - Round 13 Results
Thu 24 Sep Hull KR 16 Leeds 41 (at Warrington) 0
Thu 24 Sep Hull FC 22 Salford 28 (at Warrington) 0
Fri 25 Sep Warrington Wolves 30 Catalan Dragons 16 0
Fri 25 Sep Wigan 28 Wakefield 16 (at Warrington) 0

2020 Betfred Super League 25 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Pts %
1 Warrington Wolves 12 9 0 3 258 148 +110 18 75
2 Wigan Warriors 12 9 0 3 295 198 +97 18 75
3 St Helens 11 8 0 3 303 135 +168 16 72.7
4 Leeds Rhinos 10 7 0 3 255 190 +65 14 70
5 Catalan Dragons 10 5 0 4 244 199 +45 10 55.5
6 Huddersfield Giants 12 6 0 6 222 247 -15 10 50
7 Castleford Tigers 12 5 0 7 232 247 -15 10 41.6
8 Hull FC 12 5 0 7 264 326 -62 10 41.6
9 Salford Red Devils 10 3 0 7 194 275 -81 6 30
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 11 2 0 9 182 321 -139 4 18.1
11 Wakefield Trinity 11 2 0 9 160 309 -149 4 18.1

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs / No Relegation
It was decided on September 9th to calculate table using points percentage.