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Wakefield 6-48 Wigan

Wakefield (0) 6
Tries: Blanch Goals: Cooke

Wigan (20) 48
Tries: Pryce 3, O'Loughlin, Farrell, Richards 2, Roberts, S Tomkins Goals: Richards 6


Karl Pryce
Pryce seized his third hat-trick of the season

A Karl Pryce hat-trick helped Wigan demolish Wakefield in heavy rain at Belle Vue and reinstate their four-point lead at the top of Super League.

Warriors got off to a blistering start with tries from Pryce and Sean O'Loughlin inside seven minutes.

Liam Farrell crossed the line in an error-strewn first half before Pryce touched down either side of half time.

Damien Blanch scored for the Wildcats but Pat Richards (2), Amos Roberts and Sam Tomkins tries completed the rout.

Wigan skipper O'Loughlin lasted barely 10 minutes, leaving the field with a leg injury after scoring his own try and providing Pryce for the opener on two minutes.

Joel Tomkins' storming run then set up O'Loughlin for his score and he combined with Richards for Farrell's try just after the quarter-hour mark.

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Just as Wigan were hitting their stride with a 16-0 advantage second row Phil Bailey saw yellow for persistent offside.

The Wildcats hung on and were unlucky to see Glenn Morrison and Paul King hauled down just short of the line.

Michael Korkidas made it over the whitewash but could not ground the ball and winger Luke George had his try disallowed for a forward pass.

Despite appalling handling mistakes on both sides Wigan managed to string together a seamless passing move that Pryce finished off from close range.

He claimed his hat-trick six minutes after the break when he gathered Richards' kick to the corner.

Blanch got the home side on the scoresheet after Jason Demetriou's acrobatic offload of Paul Cooke's kick through but just seconds later Richards hit back with another try for Wigan.

The game was killed off when Wakefield's Dale Ferguson was sent to the sin bin for persistent infringements.

Roberts touched down Sam Tomkins' clever kick to the post pad before Richards claimed his second and Tomkins added one of his own.

It was Richards' 18th Super League try of the season and he added 12 more points with his boot.


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear:

"They did the process of rugby league much better than us. Their completion rate in those conditions was phenomenal. It wasn't just tuck it up your jumper, they played very well.

"It was a pretty poor performance by us but Wigan contributed to that. You are never going to trouble a team if you don't get through your sets.

"We looked a tired team in the second half."

Wigan Warriors coach Michael Maguire:

"We expected a really tough encounter and we made sure we were spot on with our game.

"We knew we had to start well and we were lucky enough to lay ourselves a good platform early in the game."


Wakefield: Blaymire, Blanch, Murphy, Demetriou, George, Morrison, Cooke, Korkidas, Obst, Moore, Johnson, Henderson, Kirmond. Replacements: Leaeno, Ferguson, Davey, King.

Wigan: Richards, Roberts, Gleeson, Carmont, Pryce, S. Tomkins, Leuluai, Fielden, McIlorum, Coley, Bailey, J. Tomkins, S. O'Loughlin. Replacements: Riddell, Prescott, Paleaaesina, Farrell.

Att: 6,937.

Ref: Ian Smith (Oldham).



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