ACADEMY: Wakefield Trinity 22-16 Widnes Vikings

ACADEMY: Wakefield Trinity 22-16 Widnes Vikings

13th July 2017

Despite a second half fightback, in which Widnes almost snatched a draw, it was ultimately their poor first half performance which saw the U19s fall to defeat.

The opening 14 minutes saw neither tryline threatened as both teams struggled to find any rhythm in the hot conditions.  However the next 10 minutes saw the home side take full control as they crossed the whitewash three times. Their first try saw the Widnes defence broken 40 metres out and Chris Brown scored under the posts.  This was quickly followed by Lee Kershaw's effort in the corner. 

Widnes compounded matters by failing to find touch from a penalty and Judah Mazive caught the ball, just in his own half, and then left the defence clutching at thin air as he scored a fine individual try.  With Luke Hooley converting two of the scores, Wakefield were in total control at 16-0.  With minutes to the break Widnes had a rare opportunity to put pressure on the opposition line but the final pass sailed into touch to end what had been a miserable half for the visitors.

The second half didn't get off to a good start for Widnes as the kick off was knocked on to immediately put them on the defensive.  Five minutes later Henry Hiddleston scored Trinity's fourth try which Hooley converted and at 22-0 the game looked over. However a Keanan Brand break put Jayden Hatton over and Widnes began to grow in confidence.  With 20 minutes left Widnes moved the ball from left to right and a long pass put Tyler Jones over in the corner.  Lloyd Roby's touchline conversion made it 22-10 and Widnes sensed they might be able to salvage something from a game which had looked out of their reach.

Widnes were now in the ascendancy and they attacked the Trinity line again but a loose pass was intercepted. With Wakefield looking likely to go 90 metres the referee, rather fortuitously for Widnes, saw a knock on and they took full advantage as Dan Norman charged over to give Roby an easy conversion to make it 22-16 with 10 minutes left.  But the much improved second half performance wasn't enough to snatch a share of the spoils and this win saw Wakefield move into 9th place just behind  Widnes.

Wakefield Trinity

Luke Hooley, Lee Kershaw, Ciaran Lewis, Zayne Cloete, Judah Mazive, Tom Ashen, Christian Ackroyd, Jacob Jones, Samuel Blake, Lewis Wray, Shaun Wooffitt, Aaron York, Chris Brown.

SUBS:  Henry Hiddleston, Robert Jowett, Shaun Jordan, Harvey Hallas.


Tries:  Brown, Hiddleston, Kershaw, Mazive.

Goals: Hooley 3/4


Widnes Vikings

Lloyd Roby, Tyler Jones, Ben Davies, Keanan Brand, Jayden Hatton,  Chris Wilson, Joe Lyons, Pat McCarroll, Danny Walker, Owen Farnworth, Dan Norman, Dan King, Liam Walsh.

SUBS: Lewis Edge, Louis Glover, James Rutledge, Luke Draper.


Tries:  Hatton, Jones, Norman

Goals: Roby 2/3


HT  16-0

FT   22-16

Pens 7-12

ACADEMY: Wakefield Trinity 22-16 Widnes Vikings