Super League: Wigan Warriors 46-16 Wakefield Trinity
|Betfred Super League|
|Wigan Warriors (34) 46|
|Tries: Farrell 3, Hardaker, Isa, Shorrocks, Sammut, Gildart Goals: Hardaker 7|
|Wakefield Trinity (0) 16|
|Tries: Hampshire 2, Jowitt Goals: Brough 2|
Liam Farrell scored a hat-trick to help Wigan move to fourth in Super League with an eight-try win against a beleaguered Wakefield Trinity side.
A Jarrod Sammut intercept try put Wigan 34-0 up at the break after Farrell crossed twice and Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa and Jake Shorrocks also went over.
Oliver Gildart added a seventh between a double from Trinity's Ryan Hampshire.
Farrell then completed his treble before Max Jowitt's consolation score for the relegation-threatened visitors.
Wakefield's cause for Super League survival appeared to have been boosted before kick-off with star prop David Fifita taking his place on the bench, having initially been left out of the 19-man squad again because of a foot injury.
He played through obvious pain and while not at his usual barnstorming self, he did manage to produce a fine moment with sheer perseverance as he juggled the ball and offloaded to help get Jowitt over late on.
Wigan, beaten for the first time in six games when overcome by league-leading neighbours St Helens a week earlier, got off to a fine start after Farrell went over for the first time in the fourth minute.
Hardaker and Isa followed in quick succession before Farrell was sent over again by George Williams, who produced an imperious display that highlighted why NRL side Canberra Raiders are taking the stand-off to Australia next season.
Shorrocks and Sammut piled on the first-half misery with further tries and it was not until Hampshire went over early in the second half that Trinity managed to produce a response.
Gildart then raced 90 metres for a stunning try - a moment made worse for Trinity as they lost second-rower Pauli Pauli to an ankle injury at the same time.
While Hampshire and Jowitt managed two further tries for a side that is now just four points off the bottom with six games remaining, Farrell's third try of the night completed an easy win for play-off hopefuls Wigan.
Wigan Warriors head coach Adrian Lam:
"We completed the first 10 sets of the game, which is outstanding and as good as it gets. I'm really proud of them.
"It's a period of the season where we wanted to be playing our best rugby. I think we are close to that but we still have a bit to do."
Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester:
"We are in a real bad spot at the minute. I spoke to them at half-time and questioned whether the lads cared about each other.
"In the second half it showed they did but there were just too many individuals not playing well enough, too many players not wanting to help their team-mates, and that's not what we are about.
"We need to find a fix or we are going to find ourselves in a fight to stay in Super League. They need to refresh their minds and think about how they can help this team over the next six or seven weeks."
Wigan Warriors: Hardaker; Hankinson, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall; Williams, Sammut; Navarrete, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, Smithies.
Replacements: Shorrocks, Havard, Clubb, Byrne.
Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Hampshire; Miller, Brough; Tanginoa, Randell, England, Batchelor, Arundel, King.
Replacements: Wood, Fifita, Annakin, Pauli.
Referee: Robert Hicks