Salford Red Devils 24-34 Wakefield Trinity

Salford Red Devils 24-34 Wakefield Trinity


Wakefield Trinity earned two vital points after defeating Salford Red Devils in a hugely entertaining game at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Mason Caton-Brown ran in an early score and Reece Lyne crossed twice as the visitors made a terrific start before Jake Bibby touched down for the hosts.

Craig Kopzcak and Bibby’s second put the Red Devils in front but Caton-Brown restored Trinity’s lead.

Lama Tasi crashed over to put Salford back on top but late tries from Caton-Brown and James Batchelor won it for Wakefield.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Caton-Brown taking a pass from Ashley Gibson and racing the length of the field to cross under the posts. Liam Finn added the extras, 0-6.

Wakefield’s next score came in the 23rd minute. Against the run of play, Sam Williams intercepted Michael Dobson’s pass and handed over to Lyne who raced 90 metres to score. Finn hit the post with his touchline effort, 0-10.

Lyne strolled in for his second ten minutes later after lovely hands from Williams and Max Jowitt. Finn converted from out wide, 0-16.

Salford managed to score two minutes before the break, Bibby crossing in the corner after good hands from Gareth O’Brien. Dobson converted from out wide.

Despite having the best of field position and possession, the hosts were trailing 6-16 at half time.

The Red Devils opened the scoring in the second half, Kopzcak forcing his way over from close range in the 50th minute. Dobson added the extras, 12-16.

After brilliant play, Bibby scored in the corner for his second in the 54th minute. Dobson slotted it from the touchline, 18-16.

11 minutes later Trinity scored, an excellent finish by Caton-Brown for his second try of the afternoon. Finn added the two, 18-22.

Salford were next to score, Tasi crossing next to the posts in the 72nd minute. Dobson nudged his side ahead, 24-22.

The Red Devils’ lead didn’t last long, though. A wonderful run from Jowitt carved up Salford’s defence and on the next play, Finn found Caton-Brown for his hat-trick four minutes from time. Finn converted, 24-28.

Batchelor’s try in the 79th minute won the game for Trinity. Williams popped the ball up to the 19-year old who knocked two defenders away to cross under the posts. Finn converted, 24-34.

Wakefield edged an absolute see-saw of a game, the final score 24-34.


Referee: Robert Hicks

Attendance: 3,277

Written by Adam Gray.

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Gareth O’BrienFull Back000000
4Junior Sa’uCentre000000
5Niall Evalds 29Wing000000
6Robert LuiStand Off000000
7Michael DobsonScrum Half040000
9Logan Tomkins 20Hooker000000
11Ben Murdoch-MasilaSecond Row000000
12Weller HaurakiSecond Row000000
14Lama Tasi 10Prop100000
16Olsi Krasniqi 8Prop000000
22Kris WelhamCentre000000
24Jake BibbyCentre200000
30James HassonProp000000
8Craig Kopczak 16Interchange100000
10George Griffin 14Interchange000000
20Kriss Brining 9Interchange000000
29Todd Carney 5Interchange000000
 Total 440000

Wakefield Trinity

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
4Reece LyneCentre200000
5Ben Jones-BishopWing000000
7Liam FinnScrum Half050001
8Anthony England 17Prop000000
9Kyle WoodHooker000000
11Matty AshurstSecond Row000000
13Michael Sio 20Loose Forward000000
14Sam WilliamsStand Off000000
21Max Jowitt 18Full Back000000
23Keegan Hirst 26Prop000000
24Mason Caton-BrownCentre300000
27James BatchelorSecond Row100000
15Ashley GibsonCentre000000
17Craig Huby 8Interchange000000
18Joe Arundel 21Interchange000000
20David Fifita 13Interchange000000
26Chris Annakin 23Interchange000000
 Total 650001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 4, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Salford Red Devils61824
Wakefield Trinity161834