Wakefield Trinity 24-22 Salford Red Devils

Wakefield Trinity 24-22 Salford Red Devils


Wakefield made it back-to-back Super League victories as they produced a last-gasp victory against Salford.

Trailing by four points with just seconds remaining, Reece Lyne scored in the corner to level the game before Sam Williams held his nerve to convert for victory.

In an incredible ending, Red Devils prop Ben Murdoch-Masila dropped the ball over the line in the final seconds as Trinity held on for the two competition points.

In a slow start, the two teams exchanged penalty goals in the first 20 minutes before the complexion of the half changed.

With the visitors giving away a succession of penalties, referee Robert Hicks sent Logan Tomkins to the sin bin with Williams slotting over his second penalty.

The hosts took the initiative with their extra man as Reece Lyne raced clear to finish brilliantly in the corner for the game’s first try.

Despite Tomkins returning to the field, Trinity had momentum and they scored a superb team try on half-time.

Second-rower Matty Ashurst made the break before finding Tom Johnstone, he then produced a perfectly weighted kick inside for Jacob Miller to go over.

Williams was unable to convert either of the tries as Wakefield went into the break with a 12-2 advantage.

Ten minutes into the second half and the Red Devils were back in the game as Mason Caton-Brown was penalised for tackling his former team-mate Justin Carney in the air.

From the resulting set, powerhouse forward Murdoch-Masila crashed over with Gareth O’Brien’s conversion reducing the deficit to four points.

Suddenly the visitors had a spring and this would be the first of four unanswered tries with Kris Welham, Greg Johnson and George Griffin all crossing the whitewash.

It was a scintillating seven-minute spell from Salford which put them in control of the game going into the final quarter.

However, with 10 minutes left Bill Tupou barged over the line to make it a four-point ball game and give the home fans some hope.

That hope turned into jubilation with just two minutes left on the clock as Lyne went in for his second try in the corner to make it 22-22, Williams converted for the lead with 40 seconds left.

In a frantic final few moments, Salford could have won the game but Murdoch-Masila dropped the ball over the line and Wakefield held on for a memorable win.

Wakefield Trinity

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Scott GrixFull Back000000
2Tom JohnstoneWing000000
3Bill TupouCentre100000
4Reece LyneCentre200001
6Jacob MillerStand Off100000
8Anthony England 10Prop000000
9Kyle Wood 7Hooker000000
11Matty Ashurst 27Second Row000000
14Sam WilliamsScrum Half040000
17Craig Huby 20Prop000000
24Mason Caton-BrownWing000000
16Tinirau AronaLoose Forward000000
32Dean HadleySecond Row000000
7Liam Finn 9Scrum Half000000
10Mitch Allgood 8Prop000000
20David Fifita 17Prop000000
27James Batchelor 11Second Row000000
 Total 440001

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Gareth O’BrienFull Back030000
2Justin CarneyWing000000
3Josh JonesSecond Row000000
5Niall EvaldsCentre000000
6Robert LuiStand Off000000
7Michael DobsonScrum Half000000
9Logan Tomkins 20Hooker000100
11Ben Murdoch-Masila 10Second Row100000
13Mark FlanaganLoose Forward000000
14Lama Tasi 8Prop000000
21Greg JohnsonWing100000
22Kris WelhamCentre100000
23Lee Mossop 16Prop000000
8Craig Kopczak 14Interchange000000
10George Griffin 11Interchange100000
16Olsi Krasniqi 23Interchange000000
20Kriss Brining 9Interchange000000
 Total 430100

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 12, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wakefield Trinity121224
Salford Red Devils22022