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Wigan cruise to second win in four days

Wigan Warriors cruised to their second win in four days with victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in driving rain at the DW Stadium.
Wigan cruise to second win in four days
by NRL

Wigan Warriors cruised to their second win in four days with victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in driving rain at the DW Stadium.

Wigan backed up from their impressive 28-10 win over fierce rivals St Helens with a seven-try demolition over the Wildcats - who crashed to their third consecutive defeat.

Thomas Leuluai, Anthony Gelling and Darrell Goulding all crossed in the first half with Josh Charnley adding over a conversion and a penalty for a 16-0 advantage.

In the second half Wigan ran in four tries with George Carmont twice, Charnley and Goulding all crossing, with Wakefield's only response coming from Kyle Wood.

Leuluai, Sam Tomkins and skipper Brett Finch ran the show for the Warriors, while the likes of Epalahame Lauaki and Gil Dudson worked hard all afternoon.

Wigan made three changes to the starting line-up that defeated St Helens on Good Friday with Gelling starting on the wing in place of the injured Pat Richards.

The youngest of the Tomkins brothers, Logan, was handed his first start for Wigan and Lauaki replaced Jeff Lima.

For Wakefield, Richie Mathers and Ali Lauitiiti were replaced by Motu Tony and Lucas Walshaw and Kyle Wood started at scrum-half.

The Warriors thought they had crossed for the first try when Carmont went over, but referee Ben Thaler disallowed his effort after ruling the ball had gone forward.

Wigan did get on the scoresheet first, after 15 minutes, when Leuluai spun out of a tackle to ground the ball. Charnley was off target with the conversion attempt.

Isaac John sent over a sweet chip for Peter Fox to run on to, but the move broke down. Wigan always looked like being a class above their opponents and they continued to carve out chances.

They extended their lead after 27 minutes when the impressive Finch sent over a teasing kick to the corner and giant winger Gelling outjumped Fox to touch down for his first senior try for the cherry and whites. Charnley this time added the extras as Wigan led 10-0.

A spilled ball from Lima from the restart put the visitors in a strong attacking position but excellent goal line defence from Wigan, especially from Dudson and Logan Tomkins, kept the Wildcats scoreless.

Wigan were starting to turn the screw now and they crossed over for their third try as Goulding waltzed in unopposed after great build-up play from Gareth Hock, Carmont and Lima. Charnley failed to add the extras as Wigan led 14-0.

A penalty on the stroke of half-time after Sam Tomkins was obstructed as he tried to chase his own kick through saw Charnley push Wigan's lead out to 16-0 as he banged over a penalty.

Wigan put the game out of Wakefield's reach just seven minutes into the second half with a well-crafted score.

Finch noticed the Wildcats' winger Fox had come in field and he put over a neat kick for Gelling and the winger went close to grabbing his second try before offloading for Carmont to touch down in the corner. Charnley was again off target as Wigan led 20-0.

Five minutes later, the Warriors were in again as Carmont linked into the attack on the right hand side of the field and offloaded for Charnley to go over, the winger then raced around closer to the posts to make his conversion attempt a little easier allowing the hosts to lead 26-0.

Wigan clearly upped the tempo after the break and Lauaki and Finch both went close before Sam Tomkins was hauled down inches from the line after showing some silky footwork on the touchline.

A knock-on from Wakefield deep in their own half gave the Warriors possession and their sixth try of the afternoon quickly followed as Leuluai and Sam Tomkins kept the ball alive superbly to allow Goulding to glide over for his second. Charnley missed the conversion but they still led 30-0.

The Wildcats finally got on the scoresheet in the 67th minute when Wood grounded, with the conversion being added by Paul Sykes.

Carmont got his second try of the game, converted by Charnley as Wigan won 36-6.




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