Wakefield Wildcats suffer heavy defeat at Wigan Warriors

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are still awaiting their first win of the First Utility Super League season after going down 46-24 at Wigan Warriors.

The hosts broke the deadlock with four minutes played when Dom Manfredi crossed the whitewash but, in a rare foray forward, Wildcats took the lead against the run of play, Ali Lauitiiti powering over for a Jarrod Sammut-goaled try.

Wigan went on to dominate much of the rest of the half however and Sean O’Loughlin’s brace and tries from Iain Thornley, Ryan Hampshire and John Bateman, Matty Smith converting three, put Wigan 30-6 up.

Trinity finally found some possession late in the half and skipper Danny Kirmond raced over, Sammut converting, two minutes before the break to make it 30-12.

The visitors were much improved at the start of the second half and Pita Godinet intercepted to race 70 metres before putting Peter Fox over in the corner. Sammut added the touchline goal to cut the gap to 30-18.

Hopes of a fight-back were dashed shortly after however, Ben Flower going over for a Smith-improved try.

There was a proud moment for Jordan Crowther, at 17 years and 11 days old, as he became the youngest ever forward to play for Wakefield when he came off the bench for his debut.

But the Wigan onslaught continued when Joe Burgess raced 60 metres for a fine individual try to make it 40-18.

Liam Farrell barged over for another, Smith adding the extras, before Reece Lyne’s touch-down, improved by Sammut, gave the Trinity fans something to cheer.