Super League: Wigan Warriors up and running after beating Wakefield
Last Updated: 02/03/14 6:33pm
Wigan Warriors brushed aside any fears over jetlag as they returned to winning ways with a 46-24 defeat of Wakefield Wildcats at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
The champions lost the World Club Challenge to the Sydney Roosters last weekend and head coach Shaun Wane rung the changes, bringing in a number of the club's promising youngsters.
Sean O'Loughlin was one of just nine players retained and he justified his selection with two first-half tries as Wigan secured their first points of the season after dropping their opener to Huddersfield.
O'Loughlin was withdrawn three minutes into the second half, with the Warriors 30-12 in front, and they continued to dominate in his absence, showing few signs of jetlag following their return from Australia.
Dom Manfredi and John Bateman both scored their first tries for Wigan while 19-year-old Joe Burgess, the only outside back to keep his place from Sydney, provided the highlight with a glorious long-range solo score.
The Warriors looked the livelier side from the start and right winger Dom Manfredi opened the scoring on four minutes.
Ali Lauitiiti barged over from 10 metres out to level matters but skipper Danny Kirmond's knock-on gifted Wigan a glorious attacking platform and they made the most of it when stand-off Blake Green got centre Iain Thornley charging through a gap for his side's second try.
O'Loughlin then supported a break from halfway by scrum-half Matty Smith to score his first try, adding a second within six minutes courtesy of a jinking run.
Wakefield could not get their hands on the ball and were punished further when Ryan Hampshire touched down Green's cross-field kick and when second-rower John Bateman took Logan Tomkins' pass to score.
Smith succeeded with just three of his six conversion attempts and Wakefield struck back either side of half-time to cut the deficit to 12 points.
A 90-metre break out of defence by new signing Jarrod Sammut set up the position for Kirmond to crash over five minutes before the break and Pita Godinet's interception got winger Peter Fox over four minutes into the second half.
The champions never looked like relinquishing their grip on the game, however, and prop Ben Flower forced his way over for a seventh try on 49 minutes and Smith's fourth goal made it 36-18.
Burgess then provided the highlight for the home fans with a glorious 70-metre break for his solo try and England second rower Liam Farrell proved unstoppable as he charged over for Wigan's ninth try.
Wakefield, who lost Kirmond for the last quarter with a leg injury, were down to 12 men by then following the sin-binning of full-back Richard Mathers for taking out Hampshire off the ball.
The Wildcats were well beaten but they had the final score when left winger Reece Lyne raced 90 metres for a fourth try and Sammut maintained his accuracy with his fourth goal.
First Utility Super League
Sun 22nd Mar
Wakefield Wildcats14 - 44Huddersfield Giants
Widnes Vikings20 - 16Hull K R
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Hull K RvsSt Helens
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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