Wigan Warriors 34 Wakefield Trinity 6: Five things we learned

Five things we learned from Wigan's 34-6 victory against Wakefield last night...

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 8:55 am
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 8:58 am
Jake Bibby flies over

1. The talk in the build-up was about a star winger with stylish finishes.

But after Tom Johnstone's unfortunate departure midway through the first-half, the talk soon became about a different winger's stylish finishes.

Jake Bibby scored the first hat-trick of his senior career, and his first came from a spectacular dive in the right corner.

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The humble, former Orrell St James junior has now chalked up five tries in two games - an impressive start.

2. Bibby aside, it wasn't lost on Adrian Lam that some of Wigan's other stand-out performers were players who have started the season in different positions.

Willie Isa, in his 150th game for the club, showed some deft touches at centre, Zak Hardaker was again outstanding in his old full-back role, while it looks like the Warriors have unearthed a centre sensation... aged 30.

Liam Farrell started his first game in the position and marked the occasion with a fabulous, pinballing break to set-up Hardaker's try. Those aside, young forwards Ethan Havard and tryscorer Ollie Partington again caught the eye while the returning Jackson Hastings began having more influence as the game went on and he settled back in.

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Adrian Lam's reaction to Wigan Warriors' 34-6 win against Wakefield Trinity

3. To the game itself and by half-time, the feeling was Wigan's defence had teeth but their attack was stuttering.

But any frustrations soon eased as they eased through the gears to register five unanswered tries and look like the side which finished last season.

The game wasn't a dirty game but Wakefield coach Chris Chester vented his disappointment no action was taken against Isa for the "high shot" which saw Johnstone depart.

He predicted a ban is forthcoming, while counterpart Adrian Lam wasn't concerned, pointing out the referees had plenty of time to review and take action at the time and felt no need to. The RFL's match review panel will view all games on Monday and issue any charges.

4. It was a nice gesture from John Bateman to put his boots up for auction to raise money for Mose Masoe.

Super League has dedicated the entire round to the former St Helens and Hull KR prop, who suffered a serious spinal injury playing in a friendly more than a year ago.

In tough times, it warms the heart to see the game rally around one of their own.

5. Two round down, two wins in the bank.

And now Lam's side turn their attention to the Challenge Cup, and next Friday's trip to York.

Wigan may be synonymous with the Cup but they haven't won it since, gulp, 2013... how they would love a successful run to Wembley this time.

Lam - a City Knights fan owing to his love for the Yorkshire city - isn't expecting to welcome back any reinforcements for next Friday's game, which is being streamed on The Sportsman's Facebook and YouTube channels.