17th June 2018, 22:45 | super_league
Warrington Wolves held off a spirited second-half fightback by Wakefield Trinity to claim a 32-30 victory that consolidated their top-four place in Betfred Super League.
Hull's defeat at home to Wigan gave the Wolves the chance to move four points clear of their fifth-placed rivals and they took it despite scoring only four tries to Trinity's five.
Stefan Ratchford crossed twice in the opening 10 minutes and Tom Lineham helped himself to a try as Warrington established a commanding early lead.
Harvey Livett added his fifth goal after Tinirau Arona had got Wakefield on the board to put the Wolves 22-6 up at half-time and Bryson Goodwin added another penalty after the restart to stretch Warrington's advantage.
Back-to-back tries from Kyle Wood reduced the deficit to six points but Brown went over to secure a hard-earned win for the Wolves and ensure late efforts from Tom Johnstone and Pauli Pauli were mere consolation for Wakefield.
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Warrington head coach Steve Price said: "I felt we were always in control of the game. The first 25 minutes we played some really exciting and attractive football. We played with a lot of finesse and directness. The scoreline didn't really indicate the true value of the game.
"But credit to Wakefield. They're very awkward to play at home. They scored those late tries near the end but I always felt we were in control. We got a bit sloppy at the end but I know what sort of footy team we have and there's a lot more improvement left in us."
Trinity head coach Chris Chester said: "I've got to be happy with the character they showed in that second half.
"I couldn't be prouder of the guys. We've taken another top-four club right down to the wire and if we continue with that kind of effort over the next six, seven weeks we'll Find ourselves in some big games at the end of the year."