Wigan's winless run extended by Wakefield

Ben Jones-Bishop

Betfred Super League
Wakefield (14) 32
Tries: Jones-Bishop 2, Tupou, Johnstone, Pauli Goals: Hampshire 6
Wigan (6) 16
Tries: Hamlin, Davies, Escare Goals: S Tomkins 2

Wakefield Trinity added to Wigan Warriors’ recent woes with a convincing Super League victory at Belle Vue.

Two tries from Ben Jones-Bishop, one in each half, and scores from Bill Tupou, Tom Johnstone and Pauli Pauli were reward for Trinity’s efforts.

Wigan, without Joel Tomkins after he was suspended for off-field issues, slipped to a third loss in a row.

Gabe Hamlin scored his first Warriors try, while Tom Davies and Morgan Escare scores showed heart but were in vain.

With seven regular-season games left to play before the split and with Wigan still second in the table, it is not quite panic stations for the Warriors.

However, the downturn in form – including a Challenge Cup exit at Warrington – since the announcement that head coach Shaun Wane would be leaving the club at the end of the season is a slight cause for concern.

Trinity, who climbed to sixth with their win, marked the death of former captain Harold Poynton with a minute’s silence before the match.

And the man who won a Lance Todd Trophy in their 1963 Challenge Cup final win against Wigan would have been largely impressed by the way the current crop went about honouring his memory.

Winger Jones-Bishop showed smart footwork to stay in the field of play in scoring, and centre Tupou grabbed a second when he burrowed in from dummy half after Wigan’s Tommy Leuluai was sin-binned for taking out a dummy runner.

Hamlin pushed across for his first Super League try after a nice switch by Sean O’Loughlin to give Wigan a bit of hope at half-time, but Wakefield and Jones-Bishop pounced to sprint the length of the field early on after the break.

Johnstone’s spectacular finish in the corner looked to have set up a nerve-free last quarter but Wigan kept going, crossing through Davies and Escare, before Pauli plunged in to quell the fightback.

Wakefield: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; Fifita, Randell, England, Ashurst, Kirmond, Horo.

Replacements: Wood, Pauli, Arona, Hirst.

Wigan: S Tomkins; Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Mullen; Williams, Powell; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Bateman, Farrell, O’Loughlin.

Replacements: Isa, Escare, Field, Hamlin.

Referee: James Child

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