REPORT: Wakefield Trinity 30-4 Widnes Vikings

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8th April 2017

Widnes Vikings were beaten 30-4 by Wakefield Trinity on a warm, Friday night at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.

It was the home side that started the brighter, and scored with just their second set of the game through Bill Tupou. On the back of a GLDO, Wakefield went left and a flat cut-out pass from Liam Finn found Tupou who managed to go through a gap and get the ball down despite pressure from Corey Thompson. Williams missed the conversion. 

The home side carried this on for the next ten minutes of the game and extended the lead further through winger Tom Johnstone. Trinity shifted the ball from right-to-left and a nice final ball from Grix under immense Vikings pressure found the winger who was able to walk in at the corner. Williams missed the extras from the touchline. 

The Vikings would not roll over though and fought their way back into the game with a try from Corey Thompson. On the back of a penalty, the Vikings gave the ball to Gilmore on the last and his nice grubber kick into the in-goal was collected and put down well by the Australian in the corner. Gilmore couldn’t add the extras. 

It would be Chris Chester’s side that would finish the scoring in the first half through Dean Hadley. A high, towering bomb was collected well by Johnstone, who looked to be held up by three Vikings defenders, but somehow managed to get an arm free and offload to Hadley who just had to catch and dive over. Williams again missed the conversion to keep the score 12-4 at the break.

Half-Time: Wakefield Trinity 12-4 Widnes Vikings 

The home side started as they finished the first half and scored through full back Scott Grix. The Vikings dropped the ball through Whitley on the left edge, and on the free play, Trinity pounced. They managed to get the ball to Tom Johnstone, who broke down the left wing, and all the winger had to do was pass inside to Grix to score. Sam Williams converted the try. 

Chris Chester’s side would extend the lead further just ten minutes later with Hadley grabbing his second of the game. David Fifita took a strong drive into the Vikings defence, looked to be held, but then somehow managed to offload to the supporting Hadley to crash over from close range. Liam Finn took over kicking duties and converted. 

Three minutes later, and Wakefield scored again through Craig Huby. The prop forward hit a short ball close to the Vikings line, and couldn’t be stopped as he barged over. Finn again converted. 

The Vikings thought they had the last say on the night as Chris Houston got on the end of a Joe Mellor grubber kick, but the second rower’s effort was ruled as he was deemed to have knocked on in the act of scoring the try, which kept the score at 30-4 at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.

Full-Time: Wakefield Trinity 30-4 Widnes Vikings

Wakefield: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Arundel, Tupou, Johnstone; Williams, Finn; Allgood, Wood, Fifita, Ashurst, Kirmond, Arona.

Replacements: Miller, Huby, Hadley, Hirst.

Widnes: Hanbury; Thompson, Bridge, Runciman, Armstrong; Craven, Gilmore; Dudson, Johnstone, J Chapelhow, Olbison, Whitley, Houston.

Replacements: Mellor, Gerrard, Manuokafoa, T Chapelhow.

Referee: Chris Kendall

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