Wakefield Trinity 33-22 Salford Red Devils

Sunday 31st March 2019
KO: 15:00 - Round: 8

33-22 FT

HT: 24 10

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Reece Lyne, Pauli Pauli, Jacob Miller,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 6,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Brough,

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Derrell Olpherts, Jackson Hastings,

  • Goals
    Ed Chamberlain 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wakefield Trinity held off a spirited fightback from Salford Red Devils to win 33-22 and leapfrog their opponents into fourth place in the Betfred Super League.

Both sides attacked better than they defended and the result was an entertaining affair at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Heavyweight forwards David Fifita and Pauli Pauli were the heroes for Trinity, who led 30-10 early in the second half but needed the calming influence of veteran half-back Danny Brough to see them home after the visitors produced a second-half rally. 

Fifita and Nial Evalds traded early tries but Ryan Hampshire and Reece Lyne crossed to give Trinity an 18-6 lead. Kris Welham hit back but it was 24-10 at half-time as Pauli powered over.

Jacob Miller extended the lead still further and though Derrell Olpherts and Jackson Hastings scored for Salford, Danny Brough added a penalty and a drop goal to his five conversions to see the game out.

"It was a real gritty performance," Chester said. "It's pleasing to get a result against a real good Salford side.

"They are a similar side to us, they never go away, and I think in the last last two years only two points have split the result.

"We completed at about 90 per cent in the first half and scored some pretty good tries.

"We knew they were going to come back. They are a good attacking side and caused us a lot of problems in the second half."

Wakefield welcomed back three-quarter Bill Tupou from a knee problem but Chester says he he sustained a groin injury which makes him doubtful for Friday's home game against Huddersfield. 

Salford coach Ian Watson admitted his side's disappointing first-half display had left them with too much to do.

"We were not good enough first half," Watson said. "Wakefield were completing at 100 per cent at one stage and we were down at 50 and you can't afford to give up that much ball.

"We were compounding that with penalties and it gave us a bit of a mountain to climb.

"We keep showing we can compete but we need to start with that same mentality. Our attack is not an issue, it's a defensive mentality. You can't keep making yourselves defend."

  • 67: Goal scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 61: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 60: TRY! scored for Salford by Jackson Hastings
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 57: TRY! scored for Salford by Derrell Olpherts
  • 53: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Jacob Miller
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 37: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Pauli Pauli
  • 32: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Welham
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 25: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Reece Lyne
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 19: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain
  • 9: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 4: TRY! scored for Wakefield by David Fifita
  • Key Performers

    Joey Lussick

    Tackles: 51

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Trinity 5
    Red Devils 4

    Goals:

    Trinity 6
    Red Devils 3

    METRES:

    Trinity 1280
    Red Devils 1115

    CARRIES:

    Trinity 186
    Red Devils 156

    TACKLES:

    Trinity 264
    Red Devils 363

    OFFLOADS:

    Trinity 8
    Red Devils 14

    PENALTIES:

    Trinity 9
    Red Devils 11

    BREAKS:

    Trinity 6
    Red Devils 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Reece Lyne 1 0 20 2 3 1 0 15 128 8.53 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Arundel 0 0 6 1 1 5 0 12 126 10.50 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 25 4 0 1 0 16 126 7.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Pauli Pauli 1 0 18 0 2 7 0 14 109 7.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    David Fifita 1 0 16 4 2 11 0 16 106 6.63 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 14 1 4 2 0 10 86 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 33 3 4 1 0 15 68 4.53 0 14 0 0 0 0 1 1
    George King 0 0 12 4 0 1 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Bill Tupou 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Crowther 0 0 29 5 2 1 0 12 58 4.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 9 1 3 0 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hampshire 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 10 56 5.60 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 33 7 2 1 0 11 56 5.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony England 0 0 14 1 2 1 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jacob Miller 1 2 18 2 2 5 1 10 50 5.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 3 0 3 2 0 8 50 6.25 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Brough 0 2 12 0 0 1 4 5 27 5.40 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jackson Hastings 1 0 10 0 1 6 0 21 150 7.14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joshua Jones 0 0 28 4 2 5 0 18 122 6.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Derrell Olpherts 1 1 8 1 0 3 1 13 109 8.38 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 24 2 2 1 5 15 94 6.27 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 25 6 4 3 0 12 86 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Kris Welham 1 0 20 3 1 2 0 7 81 11.57 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 11 81 7.36 1 2 1 0 3 1 1 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 36 6 4 0 0 8 69 8.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Jansin Turgut 0 0 25 3 7 5 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    George Griffin 0 0 43 7 7 0 0 9 64 7.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Burke 0 0 24 5 0 1 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 7 2 0 3 0 5 38 7.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Bibby 0 1 12 2 4 1 0 7 37 5.29 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Lawton 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 4 0 0 1 1 3 19 6.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Joey Lussick 0 2 51 8 8 1 1 3 11 3.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 33 4 2 0 0 3 7 2.33 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