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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 25 - Round 13 of 20
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
9 Sam Powell T 19 Jordan Crowther 14
T 11 Willie Isa 36 Kelepi Tanginoa 12 Liam Farrell 14 Jay Pitts 17
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
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.
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:
0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)
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
|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|
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