Super League: Wakefield Trinity boost survival hopes by beating Wigan Warriors 30-12

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

Last Updated: 14/08/22 8:02pm

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Highlights of the Betfred Super League match between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.

Highlights of the Betfred Super League match between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.

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

The 18-point win moved Trinity four points above bottom-placed Toulouse Olympique as the relegation race hots up.

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

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The defeat dented the Warriors’ League Leaders’ Shield hopes as they now sit six points behind first-placed St Helens with just four matches left in the season.

Story of the game

Wakefield appeared to have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Miller dummied his way over, but the try was chalked off for obstruction. Bevan French then went close for Wigan five minutes later, but good defence held him out.

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

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

Wakefield Trinity: Tries – 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 team possessed and the Warriors could not handle their energy or enthusiasm. In an attempt to reignite their misfiring attack, Wigan moved French to full-back and Jai Field onto the right wing.

Mike Cooper went close to getting the visitors off the mark but lost the ball as he tried to barge over the try-line.

Trinity frustrated Wigan with their hard running and ball movement and then Miller added his side’s third try. The half-back stepped his way over before Lino nailed the conversion to take the lead to 16-0.

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

Mike Cooper narrowly missed out on an early try for Wigan

Right before half-time, Lino landed a penalty goal from right in front 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 tackler on Corey Hall.

Wakefield started the half with intent again, forcing Field back into a goal-line drop-out, but in the stifling conditions, both teams found it hard to maintain possession and complete their sets as fatigue set in.

French went close with another attack but his dangerous grubber-kick bounced into touch and Wigan found it hard to build field position as Trinity dominated the middle third of the field. With 18 minutes left Miller went for a drop goal attempt but the effort was charged down.

Wakefield showed tremendous urgency to repel wave after wave of Warriors attacks and before Kelepi Tanginoa crossed to give them some breathing space.

Kelepi Tanginoa was among the try-scorers for Wakefield

Field went over late on for a brilliant consolation try before Lewis Murphy responded with a score of his own to close out the vital win.

What they said

Wakefield Trinity head coach Willie Poching

“We’re not home and hosed, we’re not done yet. We’ve still got four games coming up in a short period of time, which
is a challenge in itself for us, and trying to keep the bodies and minds as fresh as possible to deliver that again, because that’s what we need to do.

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

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet

“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 best.

“It was a very determined Wakefield team who fought their way for victory and deserve commending.”

What’s next?

Wakefield make the trip to the East Coast on Friday to face Hull FC, live on Sky Sports (8pm). Wigan are at home on the same night when they host bottom side Toulouse (8pm).

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