Matt Peet reveals why Wigan Warriors went down to Wakefield Trinity as he bemoans yellow card and injuries to Morgan Smithies and Liam Farrell missed out

Wakefield Trinity took on Wigan Warriors this afternoon at Belle Vue.

Trinity were in the mood for a big performance in scorching conditions and they opened the scoring early through Lee Kershaw.

Another two efforts from Jai Whitbread and Jacob Miller firmly handed the ascendancy to the home side with a 16-0 lead.

Wigan did manage to hit back just after the hour after a weaving Bevan French run set the platform for Sam Halsall, but a Mason Lino penalty on the hooter handed Trinity an 18-6 lead at the break.

Patrick Mago was sinbinned a minute into the second-half for a crusher tackle, but Trinity failed to capitalise.

That being said, Lino’s lovely short ball to Kelepi Tanginoa extended Wakefield’s to 24-6, though Jai Field did bring Wigan back to within 12 with a superb chip and chase.

However, Trinity had the last laugh when Lewis Murphy intercepted from halfway to put the icing on top of the cake.

Losing head coach Matt Peet bemoaned the result but knew he was beaten by the better side.

“I thought Wakefield started the better team and they managed the game very well,” Peet said.

“They dictated the play of the game and we didn’t quite put it together for long enough. They forced a lot of repeat sets, but we had poor execution and poor ill-discipline.

“I thought we were chasing the game here. I knew we were second best today.”

Peet revealed why that might have been.

“A combination of factors, a determined Wakefield team who fought their way to victory and they deserve to be commended for their intelligence.

“The lads had a crack, we fought hard until the end. It was more a case of execution whether poor tackle technique or Wakfield defending well on edges.

The Wigan side were also hit by a late withdrawal from Morgan Smithies, whilst Liam Farrell wasn’t included again.

“Morgan’s calf tightened up in the warm up so we had to make a late change. It just tightened up in the warm up and we decided not to push it. Faz (Liam Farrell) wasn’t quite ready.”

Patrick Mago was sinbinned just after half-time for a crusher tackle, but Peet feels like it wouldn’t have been penalised had Corey Hall not stayed down.

“If you look where our camera was I couldn’t see anything back.

“I felt like it wouldn’t have got penalised if the player had not have stayed down. It felt like a reactive one as I don’t think there was going to be a penalty, but it wasn’t the be all and end all.”

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