Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Wakefield Trinity 46-16 at the DW Stadium.
Liam Farrell scored a hat-trick to help the Warriors on their way to victory on Thursday night.
- Adrian Lam’s side return to winning ways after an impressive first half performance which saw them head into the break with a commanding lead.
A Liam Farrell hat-trick helped Wigan Warriors on their way to a 46-16 victory against Wakefield Trinity at the DW Stadium on Thursday night.
The captain for the evening scored twice in the first half, before completing his hat-trick on the 70th-minute mark.
The Warriors went over three times in the opening 15 minutes to kick off a strong performance, with tries from Farrell, Zak Hardaker and Willie Isa. Wigan scored three more before the break through Farrell, Jake Shorrocks and Jarrod Sammut, before two in the second half from Oliver Gildart and Farrell sealed a comfortable win.
After just four minutes of play, Adrian Lam’s side got their first of the evening as Farrell went through a gap in the Trinity defence to get his first. Hardaker converted the kick to give the home side an early 6-0 lead.
The full-back turned try scorer not too long after, forcing his way to the line and successfully getting the ball down, making it four in four games. After another conversion, Wigan led 12-0 after nine minutes.
The Warriors’ emphatic start continued, as George Williams ran across the Wakefield defensive line to provide an assist for Isa in the 15th-minute. Hardaker made it three from three with the kicks.
On the 32nd-minute, Farrell shrugged off the Trinity defenders to force his way over for his second of the evening. Again, Hardaker made no mistake with the extras and Wigan went 24-0 in front.
Immediately after Wakefield kicked off again, the Warriors were in again. This time it was Shorrocks who added his name to the scoresheet, sprinting 60 metres down the left before cutting inside to go over to make it 28-0.
In the final seconds of the half, Sammut went over under the sticks, in his 250th career appearance, after intercepting a lose Trinity pass. Hardaker added his fifth conversion to complete an excellent first half, as Wigan headed into the break leading 34-0.
Wakefield started the second half better than they did the first, as Jacob Miller placed a kick through for Ryan Hampshire to go over in the corner. Danny Brough added the two points.
The 47th-minute marked a very a special moment for 18-year-old Wiganer, Ethan Havard, who came off the bench for his professional debut. The prop forward went on to play 26 minutes on his senior bow.
It was a Wigan Academy product who scored the next try, as Gildart ran the length of the field in the 52nd-minute to add a seventh try for the hosts. Hardaker took the score to 40-6 with the goal.
On the hour mark, the visitors got their second try of the game, as former Warrior Hampshire went over in the left corner again. Brough’s attempted kick hit the post and went inside the goal to make it two out of two.
With ten minutes remaining, Farrell held off the Wakefield defenders to complete his hat-trick and extend Wigan’s lead. Hardaker’s conversion made it 46-12.
Wakefield’s Max Jowitt managed to add one more for Trinity before the final whistle, but it was nothing more than consolation as the game finished with the Warriors as worthy winners.
The two points sees the Cherry and Whites jump up to fourth in the Betfred Super League table, as Lam’s side made it six wins from their last seven games.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Chris Hankinson, Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall, George Williams, Jarrod Sammut, Romain Navarrete, Sam Powell, Oliver Partington, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies.
Interchanges: Jake Shorrocks, Ethan Havard, Tony Clubb, Liam Byrne.
Tries: Farrell (4,’ 32,’ 70’), Hardaker (9’), Isa (15’), Shorrocks (34’), Sammut (39’), Gildart (52’)
Conversions: Hardaker (7/8)
Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Ryan Hampshire, Bill Tupou, Reece Lyne, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jacob Miller, Danny Brough, Kelepi Tanginoa, Tyler Randall, Anthony England, James Batchelor, Joe Arundel, George King.
Interchanges: David Fifta, Kyle Wood, Chris Annakin, Pauli Pauli.
Tries: Hampshire (44,’ 60’), Jowitt (78’)
Conversions: Brough (2/3)
Referee: R. Hicks. Touch Judges: M. Griffiths, J. Child. Video Ref: B. Thaler.