Wigan Warriors 30-18 Wakefield Trinity

Sunday 11th March 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 5

30-18 FT

HT: 10 12

Official: C Kendall

Venue: DW Stadium

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Joe Burgess 3, Taulima Tautai, Tom Davies,

  • Goals
    Morgan Escare, Sam Tomkins 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Ben Jones-Bishop 2, Tinirau Arona,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick of tries to condemn Wakefield Trinity to their first defeat of the Betfred Super League season.

Trinity had made their best start to a season in the top flight since the Second World War and threatened to make it five wins in a row when winger Ben Jones-Bishop scored two tries to give them a 12-10 half-time lead.

But the Warriors ran out 30-18 winners and climb above the Yorkshire club into second.

Wakefield struck early as a Tom Davies handling error saw Jones-Bishop score his first.

Burgess charged over wide out and Taulima Tautai marked his 100th appearance for the club with the try that put Trinity in front.

Wakefield demonstrated neat handling to get Jones-Bishop over for his second but Tomkins produced a superb pass as Burgess crossed again and repeated the feat for right winger Davies to produce a spectacular finish.

There was no way back for Trinity when Tomkins set-up Burgess and he came inside to crash over, although they pulled a try back when Craig Huby popped a ball out for Tinirau Arona to score.

Despite defeat, Wakefield coach Chris Chester was proud of his side.

"I thought it was a really good contest," Chester said. "It was a tale of two halves.

"We probably didn't want half-time to come because we were finishing the half pretty strongly. I thought we looked dangerous every time we got the ball.

"But in the second half we gave away too many penalties and only completed one of our first five sets.

"The effort was brilliant and, had we been a bit smart in the second half, things might have been different. It was a spirited performance, we were good in a lot of areas.

"I've no issues, I thought we got beat by the better side and we will learn a fair deal from that.

"They are all disappointed and that shows how far we've come, that we're disappointed not to win at Wigan.

"I'm proud of everybody today. It was our biggest challenge and we just came up short against a good side.

"We've started the season pretty well, we've got to make sure this is a blip."

Warriors coach Shaun Wane was delighted with the result.

"It was a good win," Wane said. "They're a good, solid team, they were always going to be hard to beat.

"They said they wanted to come here and make it five from five and that was motivation to us.

"I thought we defended well and in our attack we got them a few times. A bit more clinical and it could have been a fair win for us.

"We came up with some poor errors in the first half, some simple one-on-one catches but there was no stress at half-time, they were easy fixes. We just needed to be more patient. I thought we earned the win."

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 73: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tinirau Arona
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 63: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 58: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 46: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 35: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 31: TRY! scored for Wigan by Taulima Tautai
  • 16: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 3: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • Key Performers

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Clean Breaks 4
    4 4

    Craig Huby

    Offloads 4
    4 4

    John Bateman

    Metres 155
    5 5

    Joe Burgess

    Tries 3
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wigan Warriors 5
    Wakefield Trinity 3

    Goals:

    Wigan Warriors 5
    Wakefield Trinity 3

    METRES:

    Wigan Warriors 1178
    Wakefield Trinity 1056

    CARRIES:

    Wigan Warriors 165
    Wakefield Trinity 176

    TACKLES:

    Wigan Warriors 334
    Wakefield Trinity 294

    OFFLOADS:

    Wigan Warriors 1
    Wakefield Trinity 8

    PENALTIES:

    Wigan Warriors 10
    Wakefield Trinity 10

    BREAKS:

    Wigan Warriors 5
    Wakefield Trinity 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Burgess 3 0 7 1 6 6 0 12 88 7.33 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Taulima Tautai 1 0 22 3 0 4 0 11 56 5.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Davies 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 18 144 8.00 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 13 1 2 1 0 3 37 12.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Escare 0 0 20 1 3 1 1 4 31 7.75 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 24 5 2 2 0 13 79 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 32 4 3 1 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Farrell 0 1 36 7 3 1 1 14 107 7.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    William Isa 0 0 32 4 2 0 0 11 61 5.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 23 2 2 2 0 10 66 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 19 0 3 0 0 4 20 5.00 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 17 1 2 0 0 6 56 9.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 0 27 3 0 0 0 5 17 3.40 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    George Williams 0 0 18 1 1 3 2 12 63 5.25 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 18 1 2 2 0 9 91 10.11 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 2
    John Bateman 0 0 19 3 2 3 0 16 155 9.69 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Tomkins 0 4 5 0 0 4 0 9 58 6.44 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Jones-Bishop 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 16 126 7.88 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tinirau Arona 1 0 29 7 5 1 0 13 72 5.54 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Bill Tupou 0 0 12 0 0 1 1 15 97 6.47 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Reece Lyne 0 2 14 0 3 4 0 13 102 7.85 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Scott Grix 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 15 68 4.53 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 10 0 2 1 0 11 84 7.64 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jacob Miller 0 0 15 1 3 0 3 8 19 2.38 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 15 2 4 1 0 8 42 5.25 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 1
    Anthony England 0 0 11 4 1 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyler Randell 0 0 35 4 0 1 0 2 9 4.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    David Fifita 0 0 25 1 0 4 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 37 4 1 3 0 15 90 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 27 6 1 4 0 5 33 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 5 0 3 1 0 5 29 5.80 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 19 3 2 2 0 9 36 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 1 20 1 2 3 0 17 79 4.65 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 15 0 3 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties