Widnes Vikings 12-34 Wakefield Trinity

Widnes Vikings 12-34 Wakefield Trinity


Wakefield recorded their fourth straight victory on Saturday, with an emphatic 34-12 win over Widnes in the first game of Magic Weekend.

The opening 15 minutes were pretty even, with Trinity having the better share of possession but being unable to capitalise.

Mason Caton-Brown thought he’d broken the deadlock on ten when he went over in the corner, but was pulled back for a forward pass in the build-up.

Just seven minutes later, though, and Scott Grix was over for the afternoon’s first points. A Ben Jones-Bishop interception put them in prime position, before the fullback was able to scoot from dummy half and bury his way over. Liam Finn converted to make it 6-0.

It took just two more sets for them to extend their lead, through centre Reece Lyne. A set on the Widnes line saw Jacob Miller take the ball to the line, before putting it on a plate for Lyne to stroll over.

Widnes managed to weather the oncoming Trinity storm and found themselves with plenty of possession on their opponents’ line. However, much like Trinity in the opening exchanges, couldn’t make the most of their opportunities.

Wakefield, on the other hand, were much more clinical and managed to get one more score on the board just before halftime. The ball was moved wide from a scrum on the Widnes 10m, before Grix was able to dummy his way through the line to go over for his second of the afternoon. Finn was successful with the boot again to give his side a 16-0 lead.

There was just time for one more piece of action before the break, as Lloyd White was sin binned for a spear tackle on Mason Caton-Brown, leaving Widnes with 12 men going into the second half.

Wakefield got off to a flying start after the interval, winning the ball back on the first tackle after James Batchelor’s hit on Manase Manuokafoa. And a couple of drives later, they were in again. A big shift wide ended in Jones-Bishop diving over in the corner, before Finn added the extras to make it 22-0.

Widnes seemed out of it, but managed to give themselves a glimmer of hope with a moment of magic from two youngsters on 47 minutes. Centre Ed Chamberlain stood up his opposite Joe Arundel, offloaded to Ryan Ince to beat Caton-Brown, before the young winger stepped past Grix to score next to the posts. Chamberlain converted to cut the gap back to 16 points.

Widnes were back to full complement, with White returning to the field after his yellow card. His presence didn’t make much of a difference, however, with the Vikings finding themselves defending a barrage of Wakefield attacks on their line

Eventually, the pressure told and after numerous penalties, Trinity chose to kick for two points to which Finn obliged. A bit of a let off for the Vikings.

Widnes were able to build some pressure of their own, but again it was Wakefield who scored against the run of play.

A Sam Wilde knock on saw Wakefield break downfield, before Miller, Finn and Lyne combined to put Jones-Bishop over in the corner for his second.

The game was all but over, with just enough time for one more score for the Yorkshire outfit. A stray Rangi Chase pass on his own 20m was pounced on by Matty Ashurst, who walked over under the posts in front of the well-travelled Wakefield contingent in the Leazes End.

With three minutes left on the clock, Hep Cahill charged over for a consolation Widnes try, but the game belonged to Wakefield.

Referee: Chris Kendall

Scoring Sequence: 0-6, 0-10, 0-16, 0-22, 6-22, 6-24, 6-28, 6-34, 12-34

Written by Jack Conlon.

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
27Ed ChamberlainCentre020000
28Ryan InceWing100000
10Jack Buchanan 8Prop000000
11Chris HoustonSecond Row000000
15Gil Dudson 16Prop000000
21Jack JohnsonWing000000
31Jordan JohnstoneStand Off000000
33Aaron Heremaia 9Hooker000000
40Rangi ChaseScrum Half000000
13Hep Cahill 20Loose Forward100000
39Sam WildeSecond Row000000
8Eamon O’Carroll 10Interchange000000
9Lloyd White 33Interchange000100
16Alex Gerrard 15Interchange000000
20Manase Manuokafoa 13Interchange000000
 Total 220100

Wakefield Trinity

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Scott GrixFull Back200001
4Reece LyneCentre100000
5Ben Jones-BishopWing200000
6Jacob MillerStand Off000000
7Liam FinnScrum Half050000
8Anthony England 23Prop000000
9Kyle WoodHooker000000
11Matty Ashurst 3Second Row100000
12Danny Kirmond 27Second Row000000
16Tinirau AronaLoose Forward000000
18Joe ArundelCentre000000
20David Fifita 17Prop000000
24Mason Caton-BrownWing000000
3Bill Tupou 11Interchange000000
17Craig Huby 20Interchange000000
23Keegan Hirst 8Interchange000000
27James Batchelor 12Interchange000000
 Total 650001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 20, 2017 2:30 pm Super League 2017 Saturday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Widnes Vikings01212
Wakefield Trinity161834

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