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Wigan Ease Past Wildcats to go Second

Wakefield Wildcats 22-40 Wigan Warriors

Wakefield 22 (18)
Tries: Hall, Kirmond, Godinet, Riley
Goals: Hall (3)

Wigan 40 (24)
Tries: Crosby, Smith, Burgess (3), Manfredi, Mossop
Goals: Smith (6)

Match Review

A hat-trick from Joe Burgess helped Wigan secure a 40-22 win over bottom of the table Wakefield and moved them up to second in the league.

A try from Craig Hall for Wakefield after just 39 seconds suggested the game wouldn’t be as one-sided as predicted, but Wigan hit back with scores from Dom Crosby, Matty Smith, Burgess and Dom Manfredi.

Tries from Danny Kirmond and Pita Godinet however meant the Wildcats only trailed 24-18 at the break.

Burgess’ two further tries in the second period as well as a touch down from Lee Mossop secured the two points, with Chris Riley posting a consolation try for the hosts.

Wakefield went in to the match off the back of eight consecutive losses in the league but had some confidence following their win over Halifax in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

James Webster’s side got off to the best possible start. Just 39 seconds were on the clock when full-back Craig Hall opened the scoring by supporting Matt Ryan who had broken the Wigan line.

The Warriors responded through three tries in the next 15 minutes however.

Dom Crosby powered his way over the line to score his first try in over two years.

Both Matty Smith and Joe Burgess broke the Wildcats line before wrong-footing Hall to score underneath the sticks.

Wakefield hit back through Danny Kirmond after a break from Reece Lyne gave the Wildcats possession on Wigan’s try-line.

The home side were back in the contest but could have done without the sin-binning of their key playmaker Tim Smith on 34 minutes. Both Smith and Wigan’s Sam Powell were shown a yellow card by referee Robert Hicks for punching.

Two minutes later Wigan extended their lead after good cross-field passing saw Dom Manfredi go over in the corner for his 10th try of the season.

Just as they had started the half perfectly, Wakefield ended the opening period with a try as Pita Godinet went over from dummy-half just as the hooter sounded. Hall added the extras resulting in the Wildcats only trailing 24-18 at the break.

The first try after the interval was crucial and it was scored by Wigan after just three minutes. Good play from Dan Sarginson out wide saw the centre create the space for Burgess to go over for his second.

An error from Taulima Tautai two minutes later however saw Wakefield respond. The former Wildcats forward offloaded to no-one and Chris Riley collected the ball to put the home side back in the contest.

The final 20 minutes saw the Warriors show their talent and experience at killing of the tie and ensuring they left Belle Vue with the two points. Further tries from Lee Mossop and Burgess completing his hat-trick secured a 40-22 win and moves the Warriors above rivals St Helens into second.

As for Wakefield this was a much improved performance than the 80-0 annihilation they received from Warrington a fortnight ago and James Webster can take a lot of positives away from his side’s performance.

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