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

Wakefield Trinity players celebrate with fans Belle Vue SWpix

Photo: Matt West/SWpix

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

The 18-point win moved Trinity four points above bottom-placed Toulouse 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.

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.

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 went close for Wigan five minutes later, but good defence held him out.

Lee Kershaw puts Wakefield ahead

Trinity finally went ahead 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 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 on to the right wing.

Mike Cooper went close to getting the visitors off the mark. He 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. Harry Smith made no mistake with his kick.

Right before half-time Lino landed a penalty goal from right in front to make it 18-6 at the break.

HT: Wakefield Trinity 18-6 Wigan Warriors

Kelepi Tanginoa Wakefield SWpix
Kelepi Tanginoa in action for Wakefield | Photo: Matt West/SWpix

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.

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 Wigan attacks before Kelepi Tanginoa crossed to give them some breathing space.

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

FT: Wakefield Trinity 30-12 Wigan Warriors

Wakefield: Shaul; Kershaw, Hall, Gaskell, Murphy; Miller, Lino; Arona, Crowther, Whitbread, Ashurst, Tanginoa, Batchelor. Subs: Walker, Battye, Bowden, Aydin.

Tries: Kershaw, Whitbread, Miller, Tanginoa, Murphy Goals: Lino 5

Wigan: Field; French, Halsall, Bibby, Marshall; Cust, Smith; Singleton, O’Neill, Cooper, Isa, Pearce-Paul, Smithies. Subs: Mago, Ellis, Partington, Byrne.

Tries: Halsall, Field Goals: Smith 1, Field 1

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