Wigan Warriors have thrashed Wakefield Trinity 46-16 at the DW Stadium to go fourth in the Betfred Super League tonight.
It started well for the Warriors as they got their first try after just three minutes as Liam Farrell went through. Zak Hardaker converted to make it a six point lead.
The Warriors then doubled their lead at the ten minute mark as Hardaker powered through. He then converted his own try to make it 12 points in 10 minutes.
Discipline was costing Wakefield and their defence couldn’t stand up to the pressure. It soon got even worse as Willie Isa went over after being put through by George Williams. Hardaker converted again to make it an 18 point advantage.
Off the back of another penalty, Wigan scored again, this time Farrell grabbed his second try, benefitting from another assist from Williams. Hardaker converted once more to make it a 24 point advantage after half an hour.
Wakefield tried something different with a short kick off, but it was picked off by Jake Shorrocks who went all the way. Hardaker missed the conversion this time, but they still led by 28 points.
Wigan grabbed another try right on half time as Jarrod Sammut picked off a pass to go and score under the posts. Hardaker converted to make it a 34 point lead for the Warriors at the break.
It was a torrid first half for the visitors, but they started the second half in the right way, grabbing a try after just four minutes as Ryan Hampshire grounded after a kick from Jacob Miller. Danny Brough converted to bring Trinity back into the game.
Any hope of a comeback was quashed as Oliver Gildart cut out a Wakefield attack before going the length of the field to score. Hardaker converted to bring the Warriors up to 40 points.
Just on the hour, Wakefield brought themselves into double figures as Hampshire got down the wing and scored for a second time. Brough nailed the touchline conversion to bring their deficit back to 28 points.
With ten minutes to go, Wigan sealed their victory and a fine personal day for Farrell as he completed his hat trick. Hardaker converted to make it 46 points for the Warriors.
The last word would go to Wakefield though as Max Jowitt completed a fine move in the corner. Brough missed the touchline conversion, meaning their losing deficit stood at 30 points.
It was a good night for the Warriors as they claimed a sixth win in seven games, leaving their playoff hopes very much alive. They have a week off before they travel to Hull FC on August 1.
As for Wakefield, their poor form continues, leaving them very much in the relegation battle. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they travel to league leaders St Helens on August 2.