1st April 2021: Wigan 34 Wakefield 6
Posted by Bilko on April 03 2021 - 18:05

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Thursday 1st April 2021
Wigan Warriors 34 Wakefield Trinity 6
Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 26 - Round 2 of 25

Kick Off 6:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Wakefield    
3 Zak Hardaker  T   G5    29 Ryan Hampshire    
22 Jake Bibby  T3      18 Innes Senior    
11 Willie Isa       4 Reece Lyne    
12 Liam Farrell       3 Bill Tupou    
30 Umyla Hanley       2 Tom Johnstone    
7 Thomas Leuluai       6 Jacob Miller    
31 Jackson Hastings       7

Mason Lino

   G 
8

Brad Singleton

      8

David Fifita

 T   
9 Sam Powell       19 Jordan Crowther    
10

Joe Bullock

      10

Tinirau Arona

   
13 John Bateman  T      11 Matty Ashurst    
15 Morgan Smithies       14 Jay Pitts    
14

Oliver Partington

 T      13

Joe Westerman

   
Interchange:
19 Liam Byrne       12 Kelepi Tanganoa    
20 Harry Smith       16 James Batchelor    
21 Ethan Havard       17 Chris Green    
25 Joe Shorrocks       23 Josh Wood    
               
Report: 

The pattern of this game for Wigan was pretty similar to the previous week against Leigh in which they spent most of the first twenty minutes defending with a lot of it down to their own set completion. However this time Wigan only conceded one try instead of the three Leigh had scored.

The try conceded was very soft with David Fifita going over in the 20th Minute and taking three defenders with him. Mason Lino converted for 6-0.

That was no more than Wakefield deserved but although Fifita had looked beastly in that opening quarter, his race was run. He was knackered when he returned.

In fact it was two years ago this month that Wigan had gone away to Wakefield with a pack that included Oliver Partington, Morgan Smithies and Joe Shorrocks and had collapsed from 6-0 up to 22-6 down in just five minutes during that game. The raw and then naive have grown  up so much since then and I thought Liam Byrne, Ethan Havard and Joe Shorrocks were all excellent off the bench.

Wigan got a try back quickly with Oliver Partington crashing over for 6-6 with Zak Hardaker converting and although that held to half time, Wigan were slowly taking control of the contest.

Like against Leigh, Wigan controlled the second half and although Wakefield had one spell on the back of Wigan's errors they rarely threatened.

Up the other end Wigan went ahead with the first of his eventual hat-trick before a move from deep was finished by Zak Hardaker for 18-6 on 56 minutes.

Quickly following that up with Bibby's second made it 24-6 on the hour and the only doubt was remembering the previous August when Wigan had somehow had to rely on a drop goal to win from being 22-6 up with 15 minutes to go.

Worries were never a reality this time though with a try from John Bateman settling matters on 69 minutes before Jake Bibby completed his hat-trick four minutes from the end. Hardaker sadly didn't convert the last try but his goal kicking was much improved on the first game with five out of six conversions in total.

Scoring: 
19:28 Wigan 00 Wakefield 04

Try: David Fifita

Wigan 00 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Mason Lino (1/1)

23:42 Wigan 04 Wakefield 06

Try: Oliver Partington

Wigan 06 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)

Half` Time Wigan Warriors 6 Wakefield Trinity 6
46:30 Wigan 10 Wakefield 06

Try: Jake Bibby

Wigan 12 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)

55:09 Wigan 16 Wakefield 06

Try: Zak Hardaker

Wigan 18 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/3)

59:53 Wigan 22 Wakefield 06

Try: Jake Bibby (2)

Wigan 24 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (4/4)

68:20 Wigan 28 Wakefield 06

Try: John Bateman

Wigan 30 Wakefield 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (5/5)

76:19 Wigan 34 Wakefield 06

Try: Jake Bibby (3)

Wigan 34 Wakefield 06

Missed Conversion: Zak Hardaker (5/6)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 34 Wakefield Trinity 6
Referee: 

Scott Mikalauskas

Attendance: 

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

Betfred Super League 26 - Round 2 Results
Thu 1 Apr Wigan 34 Wakefield 6 (at St Helens) 0
Thu 1 Apr Hull KR 0 St Helens 28 (at St Helens) 0
Fri 2 Apr Warrington 34 Leeds 12 (at St Helens) 0
Fri 2 Apr

Leeds 10 Castleford 18 (at St Helens)

0
Sat 3 Apr Salford 4 Hull FC 35 (at St Helens) 0
Sat 3 Apr Huddersfield 10 Catalan 20 (at St Helens) 0

2020 Betfred Super League 26 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Diff % Pts %
1 St Helens 2 2 0 0 54 6 +48 4 900% 100
2 Hull FC 2 2 0 0 57 14 +43 4 407% 100
3 Wigan Warriors 2 2 0 0 54 24 +30 4 225% 100
4 Castleford Tigers 2 2 0 0 39 22 +17 4 177% 100
5 Catalan Dragons 2 2 0 0 49 38 +11 4 128.9% 100
6 Warrington Wolves 2 1 0 1 56 33 +23 2 169.7% 50
7 Leeds Rhinos 2 1 0 1 38 40 -2 2 95% 50
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 0 2 28 54 -18 0 51.8% 0
9 Huddersfield Giants 2 0 0 2 20 42 -22 0 47.6% 0
10 Leigh Centurions 2 0 0 2 30 64 -34 0 46.8% 0
11 Wakefield Trinity 2 0 0 2 28 62 -34 0 45.1% 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0 0 2 10 64 -54 0 15.63% 0

Top 6 Qualify for Play Offs / Bottom Club Relgated
Table to be calculated by points percentage in case of Covid postponements.
Diff percentage is Points Scored divided by Points Against x 100