A HAT-TRICK for Anthony Gelling and doubles for Liam Farrell and Dom Manfredi helped Wigan to a half century of points as they returned to winning ways against a depleted Wakefield.
The confidence-boosting performance tied-in with St Helens’ loss to Hull KR - whetting the appetite for the rivals’ Good Friday clash.
A quick start saw Farrell cross for Wigan’s first try in the third minute. A neat high kick from George Williams was batted back by Joe Burgess for Farrell to pick up - and the second rower swerved in from close range.
Ten minutes later, a Williams pass was intercepted by Craig Hall, but as the makeshift scrum-half raced downfield - referee George Stokes called offside, with Matty Smith opting to kick the two points on offer.
Tony Clubb extended the home side’s lead four minutes later with a simple try. From close range, the ex-London Bronco weaved into a huge gap in the defence to score.
And with a quarter of the game gone, the result was put beyond doubt when Manfredi completed a sweeping move for the first of his two tries - sprinting 30 metres to dive over in the corner.
The game suffered from a flat spell leading up to the half hour when Chris Riley crossed for Wakefield’s first try - but Gelling restored normal service by grasping a loose ball to race in a score the last try of the half.
Manfredi had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half to bag his second - a Gelling pass just a few paces from the line put him over. But just three minutes later Paul McShane took a Nick Scruton pass by the Warriors posts to register his side’s next - and last - score.
All that did was signal a Warriors onslaught.
Lee Mossop came off the bench for his second stint and almost immediately crashed onto a Smith pass on an unstoppable run to the line. Two minutes later Farrell broke through to score his second.
With eight minutes to go, Ryan Hampshire shot through the line and handed over to Tomkins, with the second-rower releasing Gelling for his second.
Three minutes later, the centre completed his treble - and ensured Wigan notched up 50.
Wigan Warriors: Ryan Hampshire; Dom Manfredi, Anthony Gelling, Dan Sarginson, Joe Burgess; George Williams, Matty Smith; Lee Mossop, Michael McIlorum, Tony Clubb, Joel Tomkins, Liam Farrell; John Bateman
Subs: Taulima Tautai, Larne Patrick, Logan Tomkins, Connor Farrell
Wakefield Wildcats: Richard Owen; Chris Riley, Joe Arundel, Dean Collis, Tom Johnstone; Jarrod Sammut, Craig Hall; Nick Scruton, Danny Washbrook, George Griffin, Ali Lauitiiti, Matt Ryan; Daniel Smith
Subs: Paul McShane, Mickael Simon, Jordan Crowther, Jordan Hand
Tries: Gelling 3, Farrell 2, Manfredi 2, Clubb, Mossop
Goals: Smith 8
Tries: Riley, McShane