Facing the prospect of a 10th consecutive defeat to start the season Mark Applegarth’s Wakefield Trinity side had something of a free hit as they went to Wigan for the second time this season.
Last time they lost to the Wigan Warriors by a big scoreline and that was expected again as the Cherry and Whites looked to go top of the league with a win that would see them leapfrog Warrington Wolves at the Super League summit.
Within the opening 10 minutes, Wigan had the lead as a Bevan French cut out pass allowed Liam Marshall to dive in at the corner to take a 6-0 lead.
10 minutes later a Wakefield side struggling for points had a huge chance to level as they broke clear but a Mason Lino kick was unable to bring a try. Just three minutes later Wakefield would rue this missed chance as Abbas Miski scored finishing in the corner after being put in some good space and jinking past a tackle.
A try on either flank and by the halftime break they had one down the middle through Ethan Havard. 18-0 at the break.
At the start of the second half Wigan were reduced to 12 men as Willie Isa was sin binned for a hit on Harry Bowes and in his absence Wakefield got a try through Jay Pitts crashing over.
Perhaps a chance for the away side to make a game of it but it was soon over when Bevan French scored his 100th career try after good work from Abbas Miski to free him up.
An improved performance perhaps from the West Yorkshire side but still a defeat as pressure mounts on them at the bottom.
Speaking after the game coach Mark revealed some interesting chats with Chief Executive Michael Carter and Chairman John Minards on BBC Radio Leeds: “I have a chat with them after every game and they always say what I have talked about.
“It’s a few individual errors that cost us and then we talk about the effort and the desire the lads are showing us.
“For as long as you aren’t questioning someone’s commitment to the cause and their effort and playing to their level you can’t ask for more.”