Wakefield 30 – 12 Wigan


Half-back pairing Jacob Miller and Mason Lino did damage for the hosts as Wakefield picked up an impressive win over second-placed Wigan at the Be Well Support Stadium to clear four points of the Betfred Super League relegation spot .

Last update: 08/14/22 6:35 p.m.

Wakefield players celebrate full time after beating Wigan

Wakefield Trinity took a big step towards Betfred Super League survival with an impressive 30-12 win over Wigan Warriors at Be Well Stadium.

The 18-point win put Trinity four points above bottom-ranked Toulouse Olympique as the relegation race intensifies.

Halves Jacob Miller and Mason Lino did the damage in the sweltering heat, Miller grabbing a try and Lino scoring five goals, to increase the pressure on Toulouse.

The defeat dented Warriors League leaders Shield’s hopes as they now sit six points behind first-placed St Helens with just four games remaining in the season.

Game history

Wakefield looked to have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Miller forced his way in, but the try was called off for obstruction. Bevan French then closed in on Wigan five minutes later but good defending held him back.

Trinity finally broke the deadlock when a quick change to the right was finished off by a Lee Kershaw dive, but Lino hooked his conversion attempt wide.

The home side extended their lead in the 16th minute, Jai Whitebread breaking a tackle and landing under the posts, and Lino added the extras to make it 10-0.

Wakefield Trinity: Essays – Lee Kershaw, Jai Whitbread, Jacob Miller, Kelepi Tangiona, Lewis Murphy; Goals – Mason Lino (5).

Wigan Warriors: Try – Sam Halsall, Jai Field; Goals – Harry Smith (2).

Wakefield were playing like a possessed team and the Warriors couldn’t handle their energy or enthusiasm. In an attempt to revive their failed attack, Wigan moved French to the back and Jai Field to the right wing.

Mike Cooper nearly knocked the visitors out of goal but lost the ball as he tried to cross the try line.

Trinity frustrated Wigan with his difficult run and ball movement, then Miller added his team’s third try. The halfback fought his way through before Lino managed the conversion to take the lead at 16-0.

Wigan finally fought back when French danced across the pitch before finding Sam Halsall with an offload to score, while Harry Smith made no mistake with his spot kick.

Mike Cooper narrowly missed a first try for Wigan

Mike Cooper narrowly missed a first try for Wigan

Just before half-time, Lino netted a penalty just ahead to make it 18-6 at the break and in the second half it went from bad to worse for the Warriors when Patrick Mago was sent to the sin-bin for a crusher plater on Corey Hall.

Wakefield started the half again with intent, forcing Field out of the goal line, but in the sweltering conditions both teams struggled to retain possession and complete their sets as fatigue set in .

French went close with another attack but his dangerous kick bounced off the sidelines and Wigan struggled to position themselves on the pitch as Trinity dominated the center third of the pitch. With 18 minutes remaining, Miller attempted a drop goal attempt, but the effort was reduced.

Wakefield showed enormous urgency to fend off wave after wave of Warrior attacks and before Kelepi Tanginoa crossed to give them some respite.

Kelepi Tanginoa was among the try scorers for Wakefield

Kelepi Tanginoa was among the try scorers for Wakefield

Field later went for a brilliant consolation try before Lewis Murphy responded with his own score to close out the vital victory.

what they said

Willie Poching, head coach of Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield 30 - 12 Wigan

“We’re not home and watered down, we haven’t finished yet. We still have four games to come in a short time, which
is a challenge in itself for us, and trying to keep bodies and minds as fresh as possible to deliver it again, because that’s what we have to do.

“Toulouse aren’t going to die wondering, they’re going to throw everything at their upcoming challenges. We have to worry about ourselves and not rely on what they’re doing.”

Matt Peet, Wigan Warriors head coach

Wakefield 30 - 12 Wigan

“Wakefield were very good, they forced a lot of repeat sets. We were chasing the game. Today [compared with last week’s win over Warrington Wolves] I knew we were second.

“They were a very determined Wakefield side who fought for the win and deserve congratulations.”

And after?

Wakefield travel to the East Coast on Friday to take on Hull FC, live on sky sports (8 p.m.). Wigan are at home the same evening when they receive Toulouse (8 p.m.).




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