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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
T 9 Sam Powell 19 Jordan Crowther 10
13 John Bateman T 11 Matty Ashurst 15 Morgan Smithies 14 Jay Pitts 14
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
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.
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:
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)
|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 %|
|8||Hull Kingston Rovers||2||0||0||2||28||54||-18||0||51.8%||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