Warriors pre-season game abandoned
- Match Report as Wigan Warriors faced Wakefield Trinity in pre-season.
- Youngsters Jacob Douglas and Jack Farrimond scored for the Warriors.
- The match was abandoned on the hour due to repeated floodlight failure.
Wigan Warriors faced Wakefield Trinity in a pre-season fixture with the dual registration partners, which was abandoned after the hour due to repeated floodlight failure.
The Warriors fielded a mixture of First Team and Reserves players for the fixture, which saw winger Jacob Douglas open the scoring. Wakefield hit back with three tries in the opening half through Renouf Atoni and a Jermaine McGillvary double.
Young half Jack Farrimond finished off an excellent chip over the top from Ryan Hampshire in the second half as Jermaine McGillvary completed a hat-trick before the match was abandoned by referee Chris Kendall.
The Warriors opened the scoring after eight minutes as the hosts were penalised for a dangerous tackle on Jake Wardle. The full attacking set allowed new recruit Sam Walters to send a looping pass over the top for Jacob Douglas to ease over in the right corner. Hampshire added the extras for an early 6-0 lead to Wigan.
A few handling errors owed for a handover of possession and Wakefield got themselves level after 20 minutes as Renouf Atoni powered through the line from close range. Jowitt converted for 6-6.
Wigan made a number of interchanges with Liam Byrne, Tyler Dupree, Harvie Hill and Brad O’Neill coming on to replace Luke Thompson, Patrick Mago, Kaide Ellis and Kruise Leeming.
Wakefield got themselves in front on the 28th minute as Jermaine McGillvary received the ball on the right wing to shake off the Wigan defence and dive over. Jowitt couldn’t add the extras as it stood 10-6 to Trinity.
Wakefield were asking questions of Wigan and the Warriors were reduced to 12 in the 36th minute as Reagan Sumner was sent to the sin bin for holding down in the tackle. The hosts took an immediate advantage as McGillvary got his second of the night on the right wing as Jowitt added the conversion for 16-6 at the interval.
Wigan still had the man disadvantage starting the second half but they got themselves back in the game with a fantastic chip over the top by Ryan Hampshire which was collected by Jack Farrimond to glide in under the posts. Hampshire added the extras from close range and it was 16-12.
After a stop start period due to issues with the floodlights, it was Wakefield who hit back as Jermaine McGillvary completed his hat-trick, diving in at the right corner for a third time. Max Jowitt added the extras from out wide to make it 22-12 with 20 minutes to go.
Due to concerns from the referee, the match was abandoned after an hour due to repeated floodlight failures during the second half.
Wakefield Trinity: Lachlan Walmsley, Jermaine McGillvary, Jack Croft, Oliver Pratt, Romain Franco, Myles Lawford, Max Jowitt, Josh Bowden, Liam Hood, Renouf Atoni, Matty Ashurst, Josh Griffin, Jay Pitts.
Interchange: Toby Boothroyd, Thomas Doyle, Caleb Uele, Mathieu Cozza, Harvey Smith, Noah Booth, Amir Sghaier.
Tries: Atoni (20′), McGillvary (28′, 37′, 59′)
Goals: Jowitt 3/4
Wigan Warriors: Reagan Sumner, Jacob Douglas, Zach Eckersley, Jake Wardle, Nathan Lowe, Ryan Hampshire, Jack Farrimond, Luke Thompson, Kruise Leeming, Patrick Mago, Sam Walters, Tiaki Chan, Kaide Ellis..
Interchange: Liam Byrne, Tyler Dupree, Sam Eseh Jr, Maddox Jeffery, Tom Forber, Harvie Hill, Noah Hodkinson, George O’Loughlin, Brad O’Neill.
Tries: Douglas (8′), Farrimond (44′)
Goals: Hampshire 2/2
Sin Bin: Sumner (36′)
Referee: Chris Kendall