Match Report – Wigan 25 – 12 Wakefield
Hastings flashed behind the Warrior’s door and made three of his five attempts and kicked the fallen target; Jake Bibby scored a hat-trick, Liam Marshall and Joe Shorrocks also moved to Wigan.
Last updated: 23/07/21 22:09 pm
Jackson Hastings was the star of the Wigan Warriors as they won it three consecutive Super League victories with a 25-12 victory over Wakefield Trinity.
The Warriors were a better team in the first 40 minutes, but were unable to account for that advantage in terms of points as they were only 9-0 ahead at the break.
The opening attempt began in the 13th minute when Hastings noticed Innes Big from the spot and sent a beautiful shot from behind and Jake Bibby was in hand to get down in the corner. Bibby then made his second attempt before the break and Hastings climbed to the top of a goal.
Wakefield had a chance to score, with Keys, David Fifita and James Butchelor close, but Wigan’s defense was consistent.
Two attempts in the second three-minute interval from Bibby – his hat-trick attempt – and Joe Shorrocks knocked the Warriors out 21-0 and there was no going back for the Yorkshire uniform.
Liam Marshall caught Wigan’s fifth attempt and they traveled 25-0, but Wakefield refused to extend and they put up two attempts in the last 10 minutes by Butchelor and Jay Pitts.
Wakefield’s first move in the Wigan semifinals rewarded them with dropping out of school when they besieged the Warriors line and Fifita approached twice.
Then they thought the first points of the night had been hung when Starshina passed in the corner, but it was decided that he had made the first contact. Wigan then forced them to join the Hastings in an open attempt.
Tony Club was an inch away from the front line, the ball went to the right, Hastings chose to send a subtle shot behind the defensive line and Bibby was on the sidelines. Harry Smith lost the conversion attempt as the goalkeepers were leading 4-0.
The trio made it to Batchelor, Lee Kershaw, Fifita and Starr, but it was the Warriors who took the break behind a second attempt just moments before Hastings sent the ball to Bibby to finish again.
Hastings then started a great game in the first 40 minutes when he threw the ball from 35 yards out and put the Warriors ahead 9-0.
Hastings was also unavailable in the second half. First, he took a break to lift Wigan to the front leg and then sent a flat ball to Bibby to pass for his hat-trick.
Now Wigan were in full control and they made their fourth attempt of the game in the 49th minute as the Shrouders quickly responded to a shot from inside Liam Farrell. Smith turned and the Warriors were out of sight at 21-0.
Wakefield was unable to click on the Hastings, who were everywhere for the Warriors and were finger-pointing, and it is not surprising that they played a key role in the fifth attempt of the night. His downfall allowed Marshall to compete in this second test of the season.
Although the show was on display, Wakefield refused to take the stretch and their desire was rewarded with two attempts as Wigan apparently fell silent.
Before Pitts crossed, Batchelor was forced to cross the close range to make the score a little more respectful.
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