Wigan Warriors 34-6 Wakefield: Jake Bibby scores his first Super League hat-trick in emphatic victory
Wigan Warriors 34-6 Wakefield: Jake Bibby shines as he scores his first Super League hat-trick to inspire the hosts to an emphatic win
- Wigan Warriors took a hugely impressive victory over Wakefield on Thursday
- Jake Bibby played a man-of-the-match to lead Wigan to victory
- The winger scored his first Super League hat-trick in the 34-6 defeat of Wakefield
Winger Jake Bibby scored his first Super League hat-trick to help Wigan to a comfortable 34-6 defeat of Wakefield in the opening game of the Mose Masoe round in Betfred Super League.
The Warriors trailed 18-0 in their opening game to defeat Leigh and they were again slowly out of the blocks against a vibrant Trinity team that fully earned their early 6-0 lead.
Loose striker Oliver Partington equalized the scores before half-time and Wigan broke in the second half with five tries without an answer to make it two of the two wins.
Jake Bibby scored his first Super League hat-trick to help Wigan hammer Wakefield
Although boosted by the return of stand-off Jackson Hastings, Warriors coach Adrian Lam was forced to play two second-row forwards, Willie Isa and Liam Farrell, in the centers in the absence of five wingers.
Both proved adept at their impromptu roles, however, while Bibby, initially chosen to highlight the danger man Tom Johnstone, enjoyed the wing role as he brought his try total to five in the first two games of the campaign.
Johnstone, who showed his class with two long-range tries in Wakefield’s opening defeat against Leeds, had plenty of early touches, but he was forced out with a head knock after 28 minutes and never returned.
That meant Trinity was forced to copy the Warriors by moving a back rower to the three-quarters, but not with half the success.
Wigan’s Zak Hardaker celebrates after going over to score his side’s third try of the match
Wakefield, who had Jay Pitts and Ryan Hampshire on the side again, dominated the first quarter and should have shown more for their efforts than a solitary effort by prop David Fifita, who showed his strength by repelling Isaa’s efforts. and John Bateman to make his way.
Mason Lino’s goal made it 6-0, but the scores were tied four minutes later when Partington reached the line from the first receiver and got the ball down despite Jordan Crowther’s last-ditch tackle.
Wigan was under pressure for most of the half on the counterattack and substitute Joe Shorrocks should have overlapped more on Wakefield’s right side.
The Warriors played more purposefully after the break, however, leading the way after 46 minutes when veteran scrum half Thomas Leuluai threw the ball into the final tackle and Isa got a neat pass-out for Bibby to cross the corner for his first. to attempt.
Wigan proved too strong for their opponents when they rebelled in the second half
Zak Hardaker’s sideline conversion made it 12-6 and Wigan was in control when Farrell broke off his own 20-meter line and came out mid-game before finding Hardaker, who completed a glorious counterattack.
More came when Bibby took another sublime pass from Isa and produced an acrobatic finish to claim his second attempt.
Hardaker took his goal from four to four to increase the lead to 24-6 and it would have been more if left winger Umyla Hanley had been able to hit the fullback’s grubber kick to the line, but Ellery’s son rumbled the ball. .
Wigan did manage to make a fifth attempt, however, with second rower Bateman forcing his way out of the blind half before Bibby collected Hardaker’s crossfield kick to finish his hat-trick four minutes before the end.