Wakefield Trinity took on Hull KR tonight at Belle Vue.
It was fast and frenetic early on as Rovers forced two drop-outs, but they couldn’t breach the Wakefield defence, and neither could the home side breach the away defence despite multiple sets on Rovers’ line.
And, with the visitors moving up the other end, Albert Vete was able to force his way over through some soft tackles. Rowan Milnes converted for a 6-0 lead.
Wakefield should have hit back after Jimmy Keinhorst was sent to the sinbin for an accidental trip, but they were kept out as half-time came.
Into the second forty minutes and Trinity were clearly fired up with Lee Kershaw crossing in the corner with a superb conversion from Max Jowitt levelling proceedings.
It was a game of fine margins, but it was Wakefield that were able to go into the lead courtesy of an incredible Lewis Murphy finish with the winger making quite the name for himself at Belle Vue. Another brilliant Jowitt kick handed Trinity a 12-6 lead going into the final ten minutes.
Matt Parcell almost scored for the Robins but be knocked on over the line, and, Trinity duly punished the visitors with a brilliant move down Wakefield’s left.
Murphy got the ball on the wing from a neat Lee Gaskell pass and the winger was able to grubber back inside for the gleeful Jowitt to dot down.
David Fifita converted with an excellent effort to cap off a wonderful performance as Trinity ended up with an 18-6 win in their last home game of the season.
Losing head coach Danny McGuire wasn’t happy with a few of the decisions – including Lewis Murphy’s try and a tackle on the Wakefield winger that led to Jez Litten being put on report.
“I thought Litten’s tackle was a great tackle and he landed on his back,” McGuire said.
“Sometimes the ref are not really sure themselves, it was an easy way out putting it on report some of the decisions I didn’t get if I’m being honest.
“There’s been a few problems in our game at the minute and it’s a big one. The kid gets up a minute later and he’s fine.
“He might have been hurt or winded and a legitimate reason to stay down but it is creeping in a little bit. I don’t really know what to do, as coaches we’ve got to try and discourage that, we don’t anyone trying to milk a penalty.”
McGuire did think, however, his side were in control before a number of big points in the game.
“I didn’t think we were great with the ball and offensively we were really scratchy and didn’t challenge them enough.
“Defensively I thought we were good , they tried two scores off kicks and one right in the corner. I don’t even know if he had grounded it it looked like it hit corner flag but he’s a good finisher.
“Mikey (Lewis) went off and Jimmy (Keinhorst) got sinbinned and until Mikey went off I thought we were in control. I felt like we had a good grip of the game.
“I’m disappointed because I thought we could have won, the ultimate is getting the performance and a win on the weekend and it hurts, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and do it again Monday which is crazy.”