Yesterday Wakefield Trinity were struck by a huge blow.
Despite leading 20-4 at the break, Trinity went on to lose 38-26 to Toulouse in the opening game of the Magic Weekend.
Two yellow cards for David Fifita and Rob Butler were key with the French side scoring five of their seven tries whilst Wakefield were down to 12 men.
The result leaves just two points between the two at the bottom of the table leaving Wakefield in serious relegation trouble.
Although coach Willie Poching says they’re “still in control” of the race for survival which is true with Trinity holding the lead, it’s true that Wakefield are in desperate need of a boost which may come next week with the arrival of new signing from Manly Jorge Taufua who Poching confirmed would be in the UK next week.
He was one of two signings Wakefield wrapped up this week after the arrival of Kyle Evans. The other was former Hull FC prop Josh Bowden who was in the 21-man squad for yesterday’s game but was denied a debut.
However, he did start for Wakefield’s reserves today against Castleford as he acclimatises to his new club and he has taken to them like a duck to water scoring just two minutes into their game against Castleford’s reserves with a display of real power.
2' 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗵 𝗕𝗼𝘄𝗱𝗲𝗻 💥
Our new signing opens his account within two minutes following a powerful play.
⚜️ 6-0 🐯 pic.twitter.com/VNcwEYsjvL
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) July 10, 2022
Another former Hull FC man in Tom Lineham has also crossed for Wakefield as he looks to force his way back into the first team despite the arrival of two new wingers in Evans and Taufua.
Trinity currently lead 10-6 and will be happy that Bowden has made such an impression. Surely he’ll feature next week in a must win game against Hull KR.