Willie Poching has say on controversial incident in brilliant Wakefield Trinity win as he confirms star out for rest of Super League season

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.

Winning head coach Willie Poching was happy about the result and securing Wakefield’s Super League status.

“It feels good, a couple of weeks the situation is in our own hands,” Poching said.

“The one at Cas was big for us and we took a lot of confidence from that. I really like the way we have gone about our rugby in the past month – it’s a tough way we have learnt to grind it out.

“We got a bit loose in the first-half and our kicking game wasn’t as effective.

“We were willing to go set for set for a little while rather than go for the knockout punch. They showed some of the Wakey spirit tonight which the club has been known for.

“We did a fair bit of work about what the club is about and the overwhelming thing was that players loved their time here in a grafting team.”

Lewis Murphy was the victim of a hard tackle from Hull KR’s Jez Litten which saw the latter placed on report, but Poching confessed he didn’t see it.

“I didn’t really see it, I saw his legs go up, our television was playing up so I missed the rewind. He landed awkwardly but thankfully he got up.”

One player who won’t be seen again is Jai Whitbread who, Poching confirmed, would be out for the season.

“It’s a high ankle one and he will have an operation, but it’s his season done.

“Tinirau (Arona), Dave (Fifita), Josh Bowden played big minutes.”

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