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Wakefield 23 Wigan 36

Wigan Warriors survived an almighty scare against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to record their 10th Super League victory in succession and move five points clear at the top of the table.
Wakefield 23 Wigan 36
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Wigan Warriors survived an almighty scare against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to record their 10th Super League victory in succession and move five points clear at the top of the table.

A hat-trick from England winger Josh Charnley laid the platform for the visitors, who had to overcome a spirited, if not injury-depleted Wakefield side that led for large periods of the game.

However, it was the Warriors who started the brightest early on and, after Charnley had opened the scoring after a superb ball from centre Darrell Goulding, the same duo struck again just minutes later, with Charnley getting his second - and 20th of the Super League campaign - to put the visitors firmly in control.

That did not last though, and Wakefield - who were without the likes of Paul Aiton and Tim Smith - hit back with a quick-fire double of their own to take an unlikely lead.

After Dean Collis had gone over in the corner, Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond dived over to make it 10-10, with Lee Smith's second conversion of the afternoon nudging the home side in front.

With half-time rapidly approaching, Wigan thought they had retaken the lead when Chris Tuson forced his way over the line, but referee Thierry Alibert chalked off the try.

That proved telling, as Wakefield raced down the field, and Kyle Wood produced a moment of magic to ghost his way over from 30 metres out. Smith then added a drop-goal right on the hooter to give the home side a seven-point cushion at the break.

Wigan were lacking energy and ideas in the first-half, but whatever coach Shaun Wane said at the break worked, as the Warriors hit back immediately in the second half, courtesy of Harrison Hansen's try.

The Warriors had visibly stepped up the pace but Wakefield hit back with a try of their own, Kirmond grabbing his second of the afternoon to restore the seven-point cushion.

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued, though, and with 20 minutes left Wigan again cut the deficit, as Charnley finished smartly in the corner after the ball came loose.

Wigan were beginning to turn the screw in attack, and with the game into the final 10 minutes, Lee Mossop struck a potentially telling blow, barging over from close range to finally put the Warriors back into the lead.

With every point crucial, and just five minutes left, a Wakefield penalty in their own half gave the Warriors an opportunity they could not pass up on, with Pat Richards taking the two points to nudge the visitors into a crucial seven-point lead.

Any lingering doubts over the victors were quashed just two minutes later, as Goulding got Wigan's sixth try of the afternoon to add an extra gloss on a hard-earned victory for the Warriors.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 23
Tries: Danny Kirmond 2, Dean Collis, Kyle Wood
Goals: Lee Smith 2, Ben Cockayne
Field Goals: Lee Smith

Wigan Warriors 36
Tries: Josh Charnley 3, Harrison Hansen, Lee Mossop, Darrell Goulding
Goals: Pat Richards 6

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013
Venue: The Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Crowd: 8,459
Referee: T Alibert
Half Time: Wakefield 17-10




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