Match Report

Friday 25th May 2018, 20:00
Super League - Round: 16

Widnes Vikings

(2) 6

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Wakefield Trinity

19 (16)

Wakefield Trinity

1 Tries

Patrick Ah Van,

TRIES

Tries 3

Pauli Pauli, Tom Johnstone, David Fifita,

1 Goals

Stefan Marsh,

GOALS

Goals 3

James Batchelor 3,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 1

Jacob Miller,

Attendance: 3,681  Official: R Hicks  Venue: Halton Stadium

Full Time Report

Three first-half tries from Wakefield Trinity laid the platform for a battling 19-6 win over Widnes Vikings.

Chris Chester’s side were made to work hard for the two points after a commanding first-half display had put them well in charge.

Stefan Marsh put the injury-hit Vikings in front after nine minutes with a penalty but Trinity hit back as Pauli Pauli barged over with three defenders on his back.

Tom Johnstone and David Fifita added further first-half tries for the visitors.

But they never hit the afterburners required to pull away from the Vikings, who hit back with a try from Patrick Ah Van to give them a flicker of hope.

James Batchelor inched Wakefield closer to the finish line with a penalty 13 minutes from time and Jacob Miller had the final say with a one-pointer to seal his side's seventh Betfred Super League win of the season.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said: "We made too many errors in the second half and too many missed tackles but the main thing was the win.

“Two points are very important at this time of year. I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty and tonight we had to grind it out.

“I just hope that this win now gives us that bit more confidence and a bit more belief.”

Widnes head coach Denis Betts said: "I’m fuming with some of the efforts of the players. 

“I don’t see the side that I see train. How can we be so poor? We could still be out there now and not score. It’s disappointing as the pressure in those types of games weighs us down."