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Friday 14th July 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 22

8-36 FT

( 8-18 HT )

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Halton Stadium

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Joe Mellor,

  • Goals
    Stefan Marsh 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Mason Caton-Brown 2, Bill Tupou 2, Sam Williams, Tinirau Arona,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wakefield Trinity centre Bill Tupou inspired his side to a crucial 36-8 victory over Widnes Vikings to maintain their push for a top-four finish in Betfred Super League.

The 27-year-old Kiwi was in sparkling form for Trinity, showing tremendous pace to score two tries and creating two others for winger Mason Caton-Brown as he proved to be a constant thorn in the Vikings defence.

As well as Tupou and Caton-Brown's scores, Wakefield claimed other tries through Sam Williams and Tinirau Arona, with Liam Finn landing six goals to secure a convincing win.

Defeat for Widnes means they will finish in the bottom two and will face four games away and three at home as they fight for their Super League lives in the Qualifier 8s.

Widnes' points came from a solitary try by Joe Mellor and two goals from Stefan Marsh which took him past the 250-point mark in his Super League career.

Wakefield coach Chris Chester praised the performance of Tupou: "Bill has been outstanding all season and he carried the ball very well again tonight, he defended well and was a real handful throughout.

"I thought the whole forward pack put in a fantastic effort and the two halves controlled the game for us.

"We are peaking at the right time and we can hopefully take that confidence through to the Super 8s competition. If we get a result next week against St Helens it will mean four home fixtures which will be massive for us."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "It was patchy stuff again. We started okay, got back into the game at 8-6 and it was pretty even and we were in the mix, and then we put ourselves under pressure.

"Our completion rate was atrocious, we just can't keep hold of the ball.

"Our skill in the game at times was average and it felt players were just trying to get through the game."

  • 72: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 71: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Bill Tupou
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 69: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 61: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tinirau Arona
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 36: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Sam Williams
  • 34: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 33: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Bill Tupou
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 13: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 5: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • Key Performers

    Bill Tupou

    Metres 245
    4 4
    Clean Breaks 4

    Mason Caton-Brown

    Metres 183
    4 4
    Clean Breaks 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 1
    Wakefield Trinity 6

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 2
    Wakefield Trinity 6

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1118
    Wakefield Trinity 1392

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 131
    Wakefield Trinity 185

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 331
    Wakefield Trinity 288

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 7
    Wakefield Trinity 15

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 7
    Wakefield Trinity 7

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Wakefield Trinity 13

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Mellor 1 0 23 5 1 11 1 9 62 6.89 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Johnstone 0 0 17 3 6 0 0 4 29 7.25 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 22 4 2 1 0 6 54 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 13 1 1 2 0 5 72 14.40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 19 3 1 0 0 4 39 9.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Hep Cahill 0 0 37 8 2 0 0 11 112 10.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Matt Whitley 0 0 45 13 5 0 1 6 46 7.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 38 4 2 1 0 9 78 8.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Buchanan 0 0 27 5 1 1 0 10 99 9.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 1 13 13.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 18 3 4 0 0 11 86 7.82 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Rangi Chase 0 0 10 0 3 1 6 7 33 4.71 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Stefan Marsh 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 10 74 7.40 0 7 1 0 2 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 13 2 2 1 0 8 50 6.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Bridge 0 0 18 4 8 0 1 8 55 6.88 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Ince 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 11 103 9.36 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Corey Thompson 0 0 10 1 2 3 0 11 113 10.27 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Bill Tupou 2 2 13 0 1 8 0 17 245 14.41 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mason Caton-Brown 2 1 3 0 2 4 1 16 183 11.44 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Williams 1 0 13 1 0 3 4 8 58 7.25 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Tinirau Arona 1 0 28 7 1 3 0 18 108 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Joe Arundel 0 1 15 2 2 2 1 10 78 7.80 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 6 0 1 3 1 13 76 5.85 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Scott Grix 0 0 4 0 2 2 5 12 58 4.83 1 2 5 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Finn 0 1 21 3 1 1 3 4 27 6.75 0 1 1 0 6 1 0 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 16 0 2 1 0 12 66 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 36 8 2 1 0 7 41 5.86 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Craig Huby 0 0 14 4 3 2 0 7 65 9.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Mat Ashurst 0 0 33 5 2 1 0 9 53 5.89 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Dean Hadley 0 0 30 5 0 0 0 11 51 4.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Anthony England 0 0 13 3 1 1 0 12 81 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Fifita 0 0 13 5 0 5 0 16 99 6.19 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 13 1 1 5 0 7 59 8.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Chris Annakin 0 0 17 1 2 0 0 6 44 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties