Wakefield Trinity took on Wigan Warriors this afternoon at Belle Vue.
Trinity were in the mood for a big performance in scorching conditions and they opened the scoring early through Lee Kershaw.
Another two efforts from Jai Whitbread and Jacob Miller firmly handed the ascendancy to the home side with a 16-0 lead.
Wigan did manage to hit back just after the hour after a weaving Bevan French run set the platform for Sam Halsall, but a Mason Lino penalty on the hooter handed Trinity an 18-6 lead at the break.
Patrick Mago was sinbinned a minute into the second-half for a crusher tackle, but Trinity failed to capitalise.
That being said, Lino’s lovely short ball to Kelepi Tanginoa extended Wakefield’s to 24-6, though Jai Field did bring Wigan back to within 12 with a superb chip and chase.
However, Trinity had the last laugh when Lewis Murphy intercepted from halfway to put the icing on top of the cake.
And, head coach Willie Poching was in a great mood after the game – and rightly so.
“Every win is important and every good performance counts to us getting some consistency,” Poching said.
“I thought today it counts for a lot but we aren’t home and hosed yet. We aren’t done yet, we’ve got four games coming up in a short period of time.
“We’ve got to keep the bodies and minds as fresh as possible. We’ve shown that we’ve got that performance in us, so I’m really proud of their hunger and desire.
“The most pleasing thing for me it was a real team effort and team performance. There wasn’t anyone that stood out but the group.
“We did it from minute one until minute 80, we had to defend seven sets at one point and to do that against Wigan in the conditions, they needed to be really committed to that and we had a real resilience about us.”
Poching even went as far as saying it was Trinity’s best performance of the season.
“I think it was the best performance of the season, it’s hard to think about the season as a whole, but I thought today with the heat and playing against that opposition out here and the way we did it from start to finish it was really pleasing.
The Trinity head coach believes that they can’t rely on Toulouse to keep losing.
“There are four games to go and eight points there and if you watch Toulouse they are not going to die wondering.
“We can’t rely on anything they are doing and that’s the challenge for us.”