Wigan Warriors put in a strong second half performance to beat Wakefield Trinity 34-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Wakefield did a lot of the early running, and were rewarded when David Fifita barged through the Wigan defence and got to the line. Mason Lino converted for a six-point lead.
Wigan levelled soon after, as Ollie Partington was adjudged to have got the ball down by video referee Chris Kendall. Zak Hardaker converted.
Seven minutes into the second half, Wigan took the lead for the first time, after Willie Isa’s flick pass found Jake Bibby, who scored in the corner. Hardaker added the conversion for a six-point lead.
Just before the hour, Wigan extended that lead after a brilliant break through the middle from Liam Farrell, and Hardaker supported to go over under the posts.
Four minutes later, they got over again as Bibby benefited from an overlap to go over for his second. Hardaker kept up his perfect record with the boot.
John Bateman then got in on the act, as he sprung out of dummy half to get his first try since his return to the Warriors. Hardaker added that conversion to bring Wigan up to 30 points.
With five minutes left, Bibby completed his hat-trick after taking in a Hardaker kick to score. Hardaker couldn’t convert this time.
Attention turns to the Challenge Cup next week. Wigan make the trip to York to take on the Knights at their new stadium. Wakefield on the other hand, face Catalans Dragons.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Umyla Hanley, Tommy Leuluai, Jackson Hastings, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Joe Bullock, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Ollie Partington.
Subs: Joe Shorrocks, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Harry Smith.
Head Coach: Adrian Lam.
Wakefield Trinity: Ryan Hampshire, Innes Senior, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, David Fifita, Jordy Crowther, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Jay Pitts, Joe Westerman.
Subs: Josh Wood, Chris Green, Kelepi Tanginoa, James Batchelor.
Head Coach: Chris Chester.