Wakefield Trinity pulled off the result of the weekend as they dominated Warrington Wolves from start to finish to run out as 42-6 victors at Belle Vue, emulating both Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons as sides to register 40 or more points this weekend.
You’d think with a scoreline like that that Wakefield would be amongst the best sides in Super League, particularly given the two other teams to achieve the feat this weekend currently sit first and second, but Trinity still sit in 12th place.
Despite that they’ve now drawn level with Castleford on points with four wins, the first time they’ve been level with them since round four, and even better for Mark Applegarth’s men is the fact that they’ve massively cut the points difference.
Before round 20 started Trinity were 64 points behind on the points difference but after Castleford’s loss to Hull KR and Trinity’s huge result today, that deficit is now just 12 points.
It’s put Wakefield in a very strong position as they still have a home game to come against their relegation rivals with Wakefield currently on a run of four consecutive home games.
Whilst Innes Senior will grab the headlines for his four tries today in the eight try rout, it was Luke Gale who pulled the strings and led the team with a dominant display in the halves.
He spoke to BBC West Yorkshire Sport Daily explaining that his side felt Warrington could be there for the taking if Trinity matched them in the first ten minutes.
“We knew that Warrington, look they’re under pump as well, let’s not forget that,” Gale said.
“They’re massively under pump, they’ve been in a bad bit of form and we knew that they’d come and start, I think they’re the best starters in the comp to be honest on the start,
“We knew that we had to be very good at the start so we raced off to it and I think when we we back ourselves and back our skill we always play our best.
“I don’t think we backed ourselves last week against Huddersfield but today we went a bit one out so we backed ourselves and we raced off to a good good good start which we kind of kept that all the way through the game really.”
It was also noted by Mark Applegarth that there was a specific tactic to target Warrington and that saw Senior register his four tries.
“Yeah, well we thought we’d get some joy down there. After looking at Warrington we felt there was a bit of a vulnerability there that we could exploit,” Applegarth told West Yorkshire Sport Daily