Match Report

Saturday 20th May 2017, 14:30
Super League - Round: 14

Widnes Vikings

(0) 12

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Wakefield Trinity

34 (16)

Wakefield Trinity

2 Tries

Ryan Ince, Hep Cahill,

TRIES

Tries 6

Scott Grix 2, Reece Lyne, Ben Jones-Bishop 2, Matty Ashurst,

2 Goals

Ed Chamberlain 2,

GOALS

Goals 5

Liam Finn 5,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 35,361  Official: C Kendall  Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle

Full Time Report

Rangi Chase failed to inspire bottom-placed Widnes on his Vikings debut as Wakefield Trinity ran out 34-12 winners in the opening match of the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend at St James' Park in Newcastle. 

Denis Betts drafted the former England international in on loan until the end of the season from Castleford Tigers earlier this week. 

But Chase did not have an instant impact as Ben Jones-Bishop and Scott Grix both scored a brace of tries to lift Trinity into fifth place in the Betfred Super League table. 

Former Viking Grix crossed twice in the first 33 minutes, the first after Jones-Bishop intercepted a Chase pass, and Reece Lyne also scored to make it 16-0 at half-time. 

After Jones-Bishop produced a flying finish in the corner two minutes into the second half, Widnes were on the board as Ryan Ince registered his first Super League try for the Vikings. 

But Wakefield went further ahead following a Liam Finn penalty, another Jones-Bishop try in the corner and a Matty Ashurst effort, meaning Hep Cahill's late touchdown was nothing more than a consolation. 

Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: "We've flown under the radar but we're not doing too bad. I don't think we've quite hit our straps yet, I think there is a lot more in us. The guys are really believing in what we're doing. You can see they enjoy each other's company.

"We're playing well and I still feel there's another notch to us. We've put ourselves in a really good position to finish in the six and we want to push higher now.

"We've a very important month coming up. We've some tricky games coming up but I'm confident if we can continue the way we are playing, that we can finish in the top four."

Widnes coach Betts said: "We were good in patches. On attack we looked like a side that had five blokes that we'd spent only two hours with this week.

"We had a completely new half-back pairing and it was tough. Rangi was not used to the calls, not used to the players around him. He had a couple of training sessions and it showed.

"We showed a lot of determination and stayed in the fight for a long time. The lads are hurting. Wakefield are a side that's going well but we allowed them opportunities which they took. We're in a hole."