Wigan 30-18 Wakefield: Joe Burgess condemns Trinity to first Super League defeat
Last Updated: 11/03/18 7:31pm
Wigan winger Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick of tries to condemn Wakefield to their first defeat of the Betfred Super League season.
Trinity had made their best start to a season in the top flight since the Second World War and they threatened to make it five wins in a row when winger Ben Jones-Bishop scored two tries for the second successive match to give them a 12-10 half-time lead.
But the Warriors overcame an interval deficit for the second successive week to run out 30-18 winners and climb above the Yorkshire club to reach second place in the table behind arch-rivals St Helens.
Wakefield, at full strength with hooker Tyler Randell returning from injury to make his first appearance of the season, struck as early as the fourth minute.
They took advantage of a handling error from Wigan winger Tom Davies deep inside his own half and worked the ball out wide for Jones-Bishop to score his first try.
Liam Finn was wide with the conversion attempt but kicked a penalty to make it 6-0 before Wigan steadied the ship.
Second rower Liam Farrell got Burgess charging over wide out for the home side's first try and, after makeshift centre John Bateman had gone close, substitute Taulima Tautai marked his 100th appearance for the club with the try that put them in front on 31 minutes.
Morgan Escare, who again started on the bench, converted Tautai's try but Wakefield demonstrated neat handling to get Jones-Bishop over for his second try in identical fashion five minutes before half-time and Finn's touchline goal nudged his side back in front.
The lead changed hands for a third time four minutes into the second half when Tomkins produced a superb pass to get Burgess over for his second try and on 57 minutes he repeated the feat on the other side for right winger Davies to produce a spectacular finish.
Tomkins kicked both difficult conversions to open up a 10-point lead and there was no way back for Trinity when Tomkins tipped the ball onto Burgess and he came inside to crash over for his third try on 62 minutes.
Wakefield full-back Scott Grix's 350th match of his career was cut short when he went off for a concussion assessment and Finn had a try disallowed for obstruction, but they pulled a try back seven minutes from the end when Craig Huby popped a ball out of a tackle for Tinirau Arona to score.
Escare had a late try ruled out for offside but Wigan had the final say when Tomkins kicked a penalty, his fourth goal from five attempts.