Wigan Warriors 28 Wakefield Trinity 16: Five things we learned

Five things we learned from Wigan's 28-16 victory against Wakefield...
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1. 'Wigan always do this against the lesser sides...' was a common statement in the opening quarter - and indeed longer into the match.

They leaked two early tries to fall 12-0 behind and though they levelled it up before half-time, they started the second-half under pressure.

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But there were two caveats to the above statement. Firstly, Wakefield played really well. And the second?

"At 12-0 down, I didn't feel it was an attitude issue, I felt it was a technical issue and we fixed that," said Adrian Lam.

2. Watch the highlights and you'll see some wonderful tries including a double from the scintillating Bevan French.

The link-up play between Jackson Hastings and Liam Farrell was another notable highlight in attack.

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But this win was built on a tigerish defensive effort, from the tireless Sam Powell and Ollie Partington through to the try-savers from Jake Bibby and Thomas Leuluai.

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And mentioning try-savers, what about Tom Johnstone's stunning effort to track back and deny a breakaway Liam Farrell - which would have been missed by anyone watching in the pub, as it happened at 10pm!

3. Sean O'Loughlin was rested ahead of next week's Challenge Cup tie, but let's discuss a forward who did play, rather than didn't.

Jack Wells was making his first appearance for Wigan in more than three years. A foot injury dragged on far longer than he expected, and the academy-product had spells playing for Swinton and Wigan's reserves on his long road back to the Warriors first team.

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It was good to see him get a chance after so long out. And with fixtures coming thick and fast over the next two months, further opportunities shouldn't be ruled out.

4. Chris Chester may well have been down to the last 17, but it was a pretty handy 17.

In no way was it a depleted side, as Tom Johnstone and Jacob Miller returned, while Wigan's Matty Ashurst cut short his paternity leave to play.

Indeed, of the 'starting numbers', only four members of his squad were from outside the 17 - and two of those were French star Tony Gigot and ex-NRL player Kelepi Tanginoa.

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5. Chester later bemoaned their luck with the video refereeing calls.

Many people seem to accept it is easier to ignore contentious calls during a game - Joe Burgess had a try chalked off for a harsh forward pass - as the referee has a tough job to make instant decisions at breakneck speed.

But video refs benefit from slo-mo replays in glorious HD, meaning their decisions come under greater scrutiny.

And Chester, while admitting Wigan were deserved victors, raised a valid question: Is the current system, in which the ref refers to the extra official having already made an on-field 'try' or 'no try' call, the best way of doing it?