Match Report

Sunday 7th February 2016, 15:00
Super League - Round: 1

Wakefield Trinity

(4) 16

Wakefield Trinity

Widnes Vikings

24 (18)

Widnes Vikings

3 Tries

Stuart Howarth, Reece Lyne, Michael Sio,


Tries 4

Setaimata Sa 2, Rhys Hanbury, Lloyd White,

2 Goals

Liam Finn 2,


Goals 4

Rhys Hanbury 4,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance: 5,240  Official: P Bentham  Venue: Belle Vue Stadium

Full Time Report

Debutant Setaimata Sa scored two tries in a strong first-half performance that led Widnes Vikings to a 24-16 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in their opening First Utility Super League fixture.

A new-look Wakefield advanced into a 4-0 lead as early as the seventh minute when Stuart Howarth dummied over from close range.

But the Vikings came storming back and former Hull FC and Catalan Dragons second-rower Sa touched down either of a try from Rhys Hanbury, who converted all three, during a decisive 20-minute period that gave the Vikings a 18-4 lead at the break.

Reece Lyne got Wakefield back into the match by scoring four minutes into the second half, with Liam Finn kicking his first conversion.

Their joy was shortlived just six minutes later when a third Ben Jones-Bishop handling error led to a Lloyd White try and Hanbury's fourth conversion made Michael Sio's 69th-minute converted try nothing more than a consolation. 

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Winning is what it was all about. Away from home, against a team who have given themselves a completely different look, it's a hard place to come.

"In those conditions and with the intensity from the pre-season they've had, the first thing we wanted to do was win and we've come away with a really strong performance and lots of things to get better at.

"We had two or three opportunities to really take the game away. We've not got out of third gear and it's hard to say how good we can be on attack but defensively we were really strong."

Wakefield coach Brian Smith said: "There are some obvious disappointments in the game but the pluses probably outweighed the minuses today. I won't be saying that in eight or 10 weeks time but some of the things we need to fix from today's game can be fixed.

"There were some great things that some individuals did. We owned the second half for territory and put lot of pressure on them but they dealt with that pretty well.

"We were chasing the game and finished up with about a dozen errors. If we can cut those in half, we will give ourselves a chance of winning, particularly if the guys continue to work hard for each other."