Wakefield 32 Wigan 0
Match report as Wigan lose to Wakefield
Warriors lose final game of 2017
- Wigan finish sixth after disappointing end to the season
The Warriors finished their 2017 campaign with defeat as they went down to Wakefield.
The home side led 12-0 at the break after tries from Ben Jones-Bishop (15) and Jacob Miller (21).
Trinity continued on top in the second half and extended their lead in the 58th minute through a penalty goal from Scott Grix. Sam Williams (61), Scott Grix (69) and Keegan Hirst (79) added further tries for Chris Chester’s side with the Warriors unable to get over.
Match report to follow…
Shaun Wane made one change from the Wigan side from last time out as Joe Bretherton came into the side. Joe Burgess (hamstring) missed out, Oliver Gildart covered on the wing with John Bateman at centre.
Chris Chester made three changes to his side that narrowly lost to Hull FC last week. Tyler Randell, Chris Annakin and James Hasson were replaced by Sam Williams, Dean Hadley and Keegan Hirst.
There was a heavy collision in the opening stages that saw Trinity forward Anthony England leave the field and he did not return after failing the concussion assessment.
Wakefield thought they had gone over in the 12th minute after David Fifita burst onto a flat ball but good Wigan defence forced a knock-on from the big front-rower.
Joel Tomkins was sent to the sin bin just a couple of minutes later for dangerous contact in the tackle and the hosts took full advantage as they went down the short side and used the space to give it to speedster Ben Jones-Bishop who finished well in the corner. Liam Finn converted to put his side 6-0 up.
Trinity were in again midway through the first half through Jacob Miller. He latched onto a kick from half-back partner Finn to touch down underneath the sticks. The conversion was on target and Wigan were 12-0 down.
Tom Davies looked to make a break down the right wing past Mason Caton-Brown late on in the half but the pass to him was deemed forward and Wakefield went into the sheds 12-0 to the good.
HALF TIME: Wakefield Trinity 12–0 Wigan Warriors
Ryan Sutton came close to scoring for Wigan early in the second half as he charged over but the ball came free before he could ground it.
In the 58th minute, Ireland international Finn put Wakefield into a three-try lead with a penalty goal after Wigan were penalised for lying on in the tackle. Warriors now trailed 14-0.
Sam Williams scooted from dummy-half to catch the Warriors off guard and score for Trinity on the hour mark. Finn successfully added the conversion and Wakefield were 20-0 ahead.
Anthony Gelling crossed the whitewash for the Cherry and Whites with a strong finish but video referee Ben Thaler ruled out the try for an obstruction from Davies on Caton-Brown.
Wakefield scored their fourth when Jones-Bishop raced down the right channel before giving it back to the supporting Scott Grix on the inside who finished the try.
Trinity frontrower Keegan Hirst scored his first try of the season at the death as he burst through the middle. Finn added the extras to complete the win.
FULL TIME: Wakefield Trinity 32–0 Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Trinity - 32
Tries: Ben Jones-Bishop, Jacob Miller, Sam Williams, Scott Grix, Keegan Hirst
Goals: Liam Finn 6/6
Wigan Warriors - 0
Wakefield Trinity: 1. Scott Grix, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 18. Joe Arundel, 3. Bill Tupou, 24. Mason Caton-Brown, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 8. Anthony England, 9. Kyle Wood, 17. Craig Huby, 11. Matty Ashurst, 12. Danny Kirmond, 16. Tinirau Arona
Interchange: 14. Sam Williams, 32. Dean Hadley, 23. Keegan Hirst, 20. David Fifita
Wigan Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 36. Tom Davies, 3. Anthony Gelling, 14. John Bateman, 4. Oliver Gildart, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Micky McIlorum, 15. Tony Clubb, 12. Liam Farrell, 20. Willie Isa, 11. Joel Tomkins
Interchange: 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 19. Ryan Sutton, 24. Joe Bretherton
Referee: Robert Hicks
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