Warriors win away at Trinity
MATCH REPORT as Wigan Warriors beat Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium
Three tries from Liam Marshall help Wigan to crucial away win
- FT: Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Wigan Warriors
A Liam Marshall hat-trick lead Wigan Warriors to an important away victory over Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday.
The win takes Adrian Lam’s side to second place in the Betfred Super League table with two games left of the regular season.
Both sides found the conditions difficult in the opening 20 minutes as heavy rain battered the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
However, it was Wigan’s Liam Marshall who made the breakthrough in the 20th minute, pouncing on a loose Trinity ball and running home from over 80 metres to score in the right corner. Zak Hardaker added the extras to give Wigan a 0-6 advantage.
Marshall added his second of the game just seven minutes later thanks to an excellent George Williams pass, cutting out two men in the Wigan right edge to find the winger who touched down in the right hand corner. Zak Hardaker failed to add the extras.
Wakefield grabbed their first points of the game through James Batchelor in the 31st. A crafty grubber kick 10 metres out from Jake Miller found the second row in enough space to touch down. Danny Brough converted to take Wakefield within a try of the Warriors.
Hardaker added a penalty to the tally in the 37th, taking the points to 12-6.
Wakefield grabbed a late try via Jake Miller. Brough again converted to draw the scores level at the break.
Marshall completed his hat trick in the 58th minute, taking a 20-metre tap and go and running straight down the middle of the Wakefield defence to score another eye-catching try. Hardaker added the extras to put Wigan six ahead with 20 minutes to play.
Wakefield hit back with their first of the second half through Ben Jones Bishop in the 68th. Wigan loanee Morgan Escare found the Wakefield winger with a grubber to score in the corner. Danny Brough failed to add the extras.
Sam Powell put the game out of reach in the last minute of the game, diving over from a couple of metres out to secure the win for Wigan. Hardaker added the extras.
Wakefield Trinity: Morgan Escare, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lynne, Bill Tupou, Ryan Hampshire, Jacob Miller, Danny Brough, Anthony England, Kyle Wood, Craig Kopczak, Danny Kirmond, James Batchelor, Kelepi Tanginoa.
Interchanges: Tyler Randell, Chris Annakin, Chris Green, Adam Tangata.
Tries: Batchelor (31’), Miller (40’) Jones-Bishop (68’)
Conversions: Brough (2/3)
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Tommy Leuluai, Tony Clubb, Sam Powell, Ollie Partington, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies
Interchanges: Bevan French, Joe Greenwood, Liam Byrne, Romain Navarrete
Tries: Marshall (20’, 27’, 58’), Powell (80’)
Conversions: Hardaker (3/4)
Penalties: Hardaker (37’)
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas, Touch Judges: Jonathan Roberts and Richard Thompson.