Wakefield Trinity 26-6 Widnes Vikings

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10th May 2019

Widnes Vikings’ Coral Challenge Cup run was ended at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Friday evening, as they fell to a 26-6 defeat to Super League outfit Wakefield Trinity.

Jack Owens was sent off with 16 minutes of the game remaining, meaning the scoreline didn’t reflect the brilliant battling performance of Widnes.

Kieron Purtill named an unchanged line-up for only the second time this season, sticking with the 17 that had defeated Swinton Lions five days earlier.

Both sides had opportunities early on, however the greasy conditions resulted in knock-ons at crucial moments. The first of those chances came Widnes’ way, as a clever kick from Danny Craven forced a goal-line drop out, although a slip from Joe Lyons led to the halfback spilling possession.

An error from Sam Freeman on the last tackle then gave Wakefield an opportunity to threaten the away side’s line, only for Ben Reynolds to fumble the ball straight from the scrum.

The Vikings eventually opened the scoring on 20 minutes, as a knock on from Jordan Crowther gave the visitors possession inside the Trinity half, leading to Lloyd Roby pouncing on Craven’s grubber into the in-goal. Owens added the extras, making it 6-0.

Wakefield began to put Widnes under the pump as they looked to respond, with Jayden Hatton having to concede a goal-line drop. They defended their line well though, as a great defensive read from Keanan Brand took the sting out of the Trinity attack.

Then, a Craven kick found touch on the full handing the hosts a set of six 40 metres from the try line, and they capitalised through Max Jowitt after he collected Craig Kopczak’s offload to touch down next to the sticks. Ryan Hampshire improved the effort from in front, levelling things at 6-6 with 33 minutes played.

As the first half came to a close, Widnes had one last opportunity to post points after Craven’s grubber was knocked on inside the Trinity in-goal by Jowitt. From the drop-out, Lyons attempted a kick in-behind, but it was read by the defence and the sides headed for the sheds level.

Half-time: Wakefield Trinity 6-6 Widnes Vikings

From the opening et of the second half, a knock on from MacGraff Leulaui had the Vikings under pressure, with Hatton producing a great ball and all tackle to deny Jowitt over the try line.

From the next play, David Fifita drilled the ball into the in-goal where Owens looked to have grounded it before the ball was stolen from his grasp by the Trinity front rower. Despite the protests of the visitors, the referee deemed it a try, and Hampshire’s conversion opened up a six point lead for Wakefield.

Widnes were under pressure again when Dan Norman caught Kopczak high, however the scrambling defence forced Kershaw into an error as they looked to try and score on their left edge.

Mason Caton-Brown thought he had extended their lead soon after as he reached for the try line from close range, only to knock on in the act of scoring and let the Vikings off the hook.

Widnes were then forced to play out the remaining 16 minutes with 12 men, as the touch judge entered the field of play before Owens was dismissed for dissent.

Despite being a man down, the Vikings were holding their own until the final six minutes of the contest, as Lee Kershaw’s 60 metre break put Trinity on the front foot. From the next play, Ben-Jones Bishop was given too much space out wide to extend the hosts’ lead.

With three minutes remaining, Kershaw then produced a diving finish in the opposite corner as the scoreline began to unfairly blow out, before Justin Horo chased down a Reynolds grubber on the hooter to bring the scoring to a close.

Full-time: Wakefield Trinity 26-6 Widnes Vikings

Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Mason Caton-Brown, Lee Kershaw, Ryan Hampshire, Ben Reynolds, David Fifita, Kyle Wood, Keegan Hirst, Danny Kirmond, Justin Horo, Jordan Crowther.

Interchanges: James Batchelor, Craig Kopczak, Chris Annakin, Pauli Pauli.

Tries: Jowitt (33), Fifita (43), Ben Jones-Bishop (74), Kershaw (77), Horo (80)

Goals: Hampshire 3/5

Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Jayden Hatton, Lloyd Roby, Keanan Brand, Sam Freeman, Danny Craven, Joe Lyons, Ted Chapelhow, Jordan Johnstone, Jay Chapelhow, Chris Dean, Sam Wilde, Hep Cahill.

Interchanges: Dan Norman, MacGraff Leuluai, Owen Farnworth, Brad Walker.

Tries: Roby (20)

Goals: Owens 1/1

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