Wigan Warriors 30-42 Wakefield Trinity


Wakefield Trinity produced a stunning comeback to win at injury-hit reigning Super League champions Wigan.

Wigan led 20-0 after 20 minutes through tries from James Worthington, Lewis Tierney, Liam Marshall and Thomas Leuluai.

But Bill Tupou’s 11-minute hat-trick saw Wakefield lead 20-22 at the break.

Danny Kirmond, Anthony England and Jacob Miller all added to Mason Caton-Brown’s first-half try.

Centre Worthington and winger Marshall both added a second try for the Warriors after the break.

Wigan opened the scoring in just the second minute, Worthington scoring out wide on his debut after picking up a loose ball following a kick. George Williams failed to convert, 4-0.

The Warriors, who looked silky in attack, were in again four minutes later courtesy of a Tierney try. Liam Farrell made a break and had the full-back inside him to cross next to the posts. The try was converted by Williams, 10-0.

Marshall showed nice footwork to score in the 14th minute following a fine cut-out pass from Leuluai. The conversion attempt from Williams went just wide but Wigan were 14 points ahead.

Four minutes later Wigan were in again. This time it was Williams who stepped back inside and produced a beautiful offload to Leuluai who scored beneath the sticks. Williams successfully converted the try, 20-0.

Wakefield pulled one back in the 25th minute after quick play-the-balls through the middle resulted in Tupou scoring out wide. Liam Finn couldn’t convert for Trinity and Wigan were still 16 points in front.

Tupou got his second three minutes later, almost a carbon copy of the first try with Scott Grix chiming in. Finn converted from out wide, 20-10.

Moment later, Taulima Tautai made a brilliant ankle tap to stop Caton-Brown in his tracks. Trinity then scored from the same set as they shipped it left to Caton-Brown who finished well in the corner. Finn converted and Wigan were ahead by just four points now.

Wakefield scored as Tupou grabbed his hat-trick in the 36th minute after making a nice break down the right wing. Finn added the conversion to put his side in front for the first time in the game.

Wakefield led 20-22 at the half-time break.

The visitors further extended their lead five minutes into the second half, Kirmond bursting onto a Grix drop-off to barge over. Finn added the extras, 20-28.

Wigan committed a high tackle in the 52nd minute and Finn added the penalty goal from near the sticks, 20-30.

Trinity were in again in the 56th minute when England steamed onto a bullet pass from Finn. Finn added the extras and the visitors were now leading by 16 points.

Williams set up Worthington for his second try of the game in the 59th minute following a crisp passing move from the Warriors. Marshall converted the try, 26-36.

Miller was next to score for Wakefield when he wrestled his way through the Wigan defence to reach over in the 70th minute. Finn was allowed to retake his conversion as Wigan moved off the mark. He made no mistake the second time, 26-42.

Miller attempted a drop-goal in the 75th minute but it was wide of the target.

Unfortunately for Miller, a minute later he was forced from the field with what looked like a nasty injury. Kyle Wood slotted back in at hooker for Trinity, with Finn moving into the halves.

Wigan then scored in the 78th minute. Marshall finished acrobatically in the corner after getting on the end of a brilliant cut-out pass. Marshall was unable to convert his own try, 30-42.

The loss means Wigan remain a distant eight points off top spot, while Wakefield, up into fourth, climb to within four points of leaders Castleford.

Referee: Chris Campbell

Attendance: 13,110

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 10-0, 14-0, 20-0, 20-4, 20-10, 20-16, 20-22, 20-28, 20-30, 20-36, 26-36, 26-42, 30-42.

Written by Adam Gray.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
6George WilliamsStand Off020000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half100000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
9Michael McIlorum 16Hooker000000
12Liam Farrell 37Second Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
19Ryan SuttonProp000000
21Lewis TierneyFull Back100000
28Jack Wells 26Second Row000000
35Liam MarshallWing210000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
41James WorthingtonCentre200000
16Sam Powell 9Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 28Interchange000000
37Callum Field 12Interchange000000
 Total 630000

Wakefield Trinity

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Scott GrixFull Back000000
3Bill TupouWing300001
4Reece LyneCentre000000
6Jacob MillerStand Off100000
7Liam FinnScrum Half170000
15Ashley GibsonCentre000000
24Mason Caton-BrownWing100000
9Kyle Wood 14Hooker000000
11Matty AshurstSecond Row000000
12Danny KirmondSecond Row100000
13Michael Sio 16Loose Forward000000
15Adam Walker 8Prop000000
17Craig Huby 20Prop000000
8Anthony England 15Interchange000000
14Sam Williams 9Interchange000000
16Tinirau Arona 13Interchange000000
20David Fifita 17Interchange000000
 Total 770001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 29, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Monday


DW Stadium


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors201030
Wakefield Trinity222042