Burgess hat-trick as Wigan end Wakefield’s perfect start

Burgess hat-trick as Wigan end Wakefield's perfect start
Joe Burgess had scored only one Super League try this season before his hat-trick against Wakefield
Betfred Super League
Wigan Warriors (10) 30
Tries: Burgess 3, Tautai, Davies Goals: Escare, S Tomkins 4
Wakefield (12) 18
Tries: Jones-Bishop 2, Arona Goals: Finn 3

Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick of tries as Wigan Warriors ended Wakefield’s 100% start to the Super League season.

Ben Jones-Bishop’s two tries helped Trinity lead 12-10 at the break, with Burgess and Taulima Tautai – making his 100th Wigan appearance – replying.

Winger Burgess completed his treble after half-time and Tom Davies also crossed, while Tinirau Arona touched down for a late Wakefield consolation.

Wigan are up to second in the table, above Wakefield on points difference.

Trinity’s defeat means leaders St Helens are the only side to have won all of their Super League matches so far this season.

Tara Jones, one of two in-goal judges for the game, became the first ever on-field female official for a Super League match.

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane told BBC Radio Manchester:

“We’re improving and I’m happy with where we’re at. We’re nowhere near the finished article, but we’re attacking better and defending better in patches.

“Wakefield are a very good team. They’re very mature, they’re big and they go about their business in a really good manner.

“You have to be really good to beat them and we were, so I’m very happy with the win.”

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester told BBC Radio Leeds:

“It was a very spirited performance. We didn’t want half-time to come because I thought we had the upper hand and looked dangerous every time we got the ball.

“But we came out in the second half slow and with some ill-discipline. We have away two or three penalties on the bounce and I think we were one completion from four. Against a top-quality side like Wigan, you can’t afford to do that.

“It shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed coming here and not getting a result that we wanted.”

Wigan: S Tomkins; Davies, Bateman, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Powell; Clubb, Leuluai, Flower, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin.

Replacements: Sutton, Tautai, Escare, Navarrete.

Wakefield: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Finn; England, Randell, Fifita, Ashurst, Kirmond, Arona.

Replacements: Huby, Horo, Hirst, Wood.

Referee: Chris Kendall

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