Wakefield Trinity 14-12 Salford Red Devils

Friday 9th February 2018
KO: 19:35 - Round: 2

14-12 FT

HT: 8 0

Attendance: 4,264

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Scott Grix, Jacob Miller,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Rob Lui, Niall Evalds, Kris Welham,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wakefield Trinity clung on to beat Salford Red Devils as Gareth O'Brien narrowly missed a touchline conversion with the last action of the contest.

The hosts led 14-8 as the game neared its end but Kris Welham went over in the corner to give the Red Devils hope of a draw, but O'Brien could not land his kick from wide on the right.

Wakefield made a fast start, with Scott Grix running through the Salford defence and touching down in the sixth minute.

Two goals from Liam Finn gave the home side an 8-0 half-time lead but the visitors responded early in the second half when Robert Lui finished off Jake Bibby's break.

It was all level at 8-8 after Niall Evalds went over on the left for his second try in as many games this season, but O'Brien missed his second conversion of the game.

Wakefield regained the lead with 15 minutes left when Ryan Hampshire's kick was finished off by Jacob Miller and Finn's goal proved crucial in a narrow home win.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester was relieved O'Brien missed the target.

"I thought it had gone over when he first struck the ball," he said. "There was a little smile on my face when he missed.

“I’m just down a little bit because I know we can play a hell of a lot better. I’m pleased with the result but I thought they deserved something from the game.”

Salford head coach Ian Watson took the positives in defeat and consoled O'Brien.

"Someone’s got to take the kicks and the pressure comes down to them when they’re in a tight game," said Watson.

“We asked for consistency in our performance and that’s what the boys have worked on. To be fair I thought they delivered that and they deserved more out of it."

  • 79: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Welham
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 63: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Jacob Miller
  • 54: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 47: TRY! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 5: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Scott Grix
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Trinity 2
    Red Devils 3

    Goals:

    Trinity 3
    Red Devils 0

    METRES:

    Trinity 1238
    Red Devils 1209

    CARRIES:

    Trinity 183
    Red Devils 179

    TACKLES:

    Trinity 345
    Red Devils 377

    OFFLOADS:

    Trinity 15
    Red Devils 13

    PENALTIES:

    Trinity 10
    Red Devils 10

    BREAKS:

    Trinity 5
    Red Devils 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Reece Lyne 0 0 9 2 1 2 1 20 164 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Bill Tupou 0 0 18 3 1 3 0 17 137 8.06 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Anthony England 0 0 34 9 1 0 0 13 122 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    David Fifita 0 0 35 10 0 6 0 14 105 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 5 0 3 4 0 15 95 6.33 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 32 7 4 2 1 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Scott Grix 1 0 4 0 0 3 1 11 80 7.27 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 4 1 3 2 1 12 76 6.33 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 17 2 2 0 0 11 73 6.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 39 9 2 1 0 13 63 4.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 6 1 1 2 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Miller 1 1 20 1 2 2 6 6 51 8.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 17 7 1 0 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 40 7 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 43 8 1 0 1 7 27 3.86 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 17 0 2 0 6 6 25 4.17 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 1
    Ryan Hampshire 0 1 5 1 1 3 1 5 4 0.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lama Tasi 0 0 25 2 1 0 0 14 125 8.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Joshua Jones 0 0 24 2 0 6 0 15 103 6.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Junior Sau 0 1 17 2 1 1 0 14 94 6.71 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 38 6 5 0 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 20 2 0 1 0 12 89 7.42 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 42 8 4 0 0 13 86 6.62 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2
    Luke Burgess 0 0 21 1 0 0 0 10 81 8.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Bibby 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 10 78 7.80 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 1 29 3 4 2 0 14 76 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Niall Evalds 1 0 4 0 0 3 0 9 71 7.89 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Kris Welham 1 0 20 6 4 2 0 11 69 6.27 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 27 10 1 3 0 8 68 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 1 0 26 5 3 1 4 10 59 5.90 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 10 48 4.80 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 1
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 26 1 2 3 0 5 40 8.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Littlejohn 0 0 24 2 1 2 6 7 16 2.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Josh Wood 0 0 20 2 4 0 0 4 13 3.25 0 2 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