Match Report as Wigan record second win of the Easter weekend with victory over Wakefield
Warriors edge tight affair 16-10 at Beaumont Legal Stadium
- Sean O’Loughlin, Morgan Escaré and Liam Marshall with the Wigan tries
Wigan made it four points from a possible four over Easter as they followed up Good Friday’s Derby win over St Helens with a well-earned win over Wakefield on Easter Monday.
The Warriors have a fine record over the Easter weekend having lost just once under Shaun Wane’s stewardship and they dug deep to add another two points to their tally.
Sean O’Loughlin and Scott Grix exchanged sides in the opening ten minutes but Wigan’s conversion meant they 6-4 until Liam Finn’s 24th minute penalty made it all-square.
Anthony Gelling was sent to the sin bin on the 30th minute but Wigan responded as George Williams put Morgan Escaré through to score. Wakefield went in 12-10 down though as they replied quickly through Ben Jones-Bishop.
Defence was on top in the second-half and fatigue showed too for both sides owing to the Easter schedule but Wigan hung in there and were rewarded a few minutes from time when Liam Marshall crossed to give Wigan the win.
Shaun Wane brought Nick Gregson, Liam Forsyth and Romain Navarrete into the team in place of Willie Isa, Joe Burgess and Michael Mcilorum after Good Friday’s Derby.
Anthony Gelling started at centre on 100th Wigan game with Tommy Leuluai making his 200th appearance for Wigan in the halves.
Wigan started well and were rewarded in just the 5th minute when a tip off from Tommy Leuluai found a rampaging Sean O’Loughlin and the skipper went over for his first try of the season.
The home side responded almost instantly when Ashley Gibson’s bouncing kick into the in-goal found Scott Grix who pounced to score. Liam Finn couldn’t follow in Morgan Escaré’s footsteps meaning Wigan led 6-4.
Christ Chester’s side started to improve with each set and were level in 24th minute when Wigan were caught offside and Finn found his range this time to make it 6-6.
Anthony Gelling, on his 200th appearance, was then sent to the bin on the half-hour as he lifted Mason Caton-Brown in the tackle.
The Warriors reacted well to the sin binning and George Williams found Escaré on an angled run, the full-back was in clear space and ghosted past Scott Grix to go in under the posts.
Again Wigan had clear lead, again Wakefield came fighting back. Just four minutes later the home side worked a move down the right to take advantage of the extra man and allow Ben Jones-Bishop in at the corner. The conversion attempt was to the left of the posts though meaning Wigan went into the sheds 12-10 to the good.
HALF TIME: Wakefield Trinity 10-12 Wigan Warriors
The second-half took some time to get going but Wigan were soon in the ascendency as a superb kick from Nick Gregson out of nothing trapped Wakefield in-goal and Wigan had a drop-out.
The Warriors had good field position for quite a period but good goal-line defence saw them go away scoreless.
Sam Powell went over in the 58th minute but it went to the video referee as a ‘no try’ and there was no reason to overturn it with no evidence that Powell had grounded the ball. Just minutes later Liam Forsyth looked on the verge of scoring but the move was called off for a forward pass.
Wigan could and probably should have scored and they were soon regretting their lack of composure as they were soon camped on their own line after a few errors.
The Warriors needed some big defence and they came up with the goods, none more so than Ryan Sutton who’s huge shot in the 71st minute helped Wigan clear their line.
As time went on Wigan looked to just be edging it and after a fine effort in defence they raced up field and scored through Liam Marshall whose 9th try in eight games completed a gutsy win.
FULL TIME: Wakefield Trinity 10-16 Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Trinity – 10
Tries: Scott Grix, Ben Jones-Bishop.
Goals: Liam Finn 1/3
Wigan Warriors – 16
Tries: Sean O’Loughlin, Morgan Escare, Liam Marshall.
Goals Morgan Escare 2/3
Wakefield Trinity: 1. Scott Grix, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 25. Mason Caton-Brown, 15. Ashley Gibson, 2. Tom Johnstone, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 17. Craig Huby, 9. Kyle Wood, 8. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 32. Dean Hadley, 16. Tinirau Arona.
Interchange 23. Keegan Hirst, 10. Mitch Allgood, 12. Danny Kirmond, 2-. David Fifita.
Wigan Warriors: 22. Morgan Escaré, 36. Tom Davies, 3.Anthony Gelling, 32. Liam Forsyth, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Ben Flower, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 11.Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 19. Ryan Sutton, 23. Nick Gregson, 26. Romain Navarrete
Referee - Jack Smith