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
    Kris Welham, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui,

  • 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
  • Key Performers

    Joshua Jones

    Offloads 4
    4 4

    Reece Lyne

    Metres 164
    4 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 2
    Salford Red Devils 3

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 3
    Salford Red Devils 0

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1238
    Salford Red Devils 1209

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 183
    Salford Red Devils 179

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 345
    Salford Red Devils 377

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 15
    Salford Red Devils 13

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 10
    Salford Red Devils 10

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Salford 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
    Jacob Miller 1 1 20 1 2 2 6 6 51 8.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Scott Grix 1 0 4 0 0 3 1 11 80 7.27 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 1 5 1 1 3 1 5 4 0.80 0 0 0 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
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 6 1 1 2 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 17 7 1 0 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 39 9 2 1 0 13 63 4.85 0 0 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
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 43 8 1 0 1 7 27 3.86 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony England 0 0 34 9 1 0 0 13 122 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Kyle Wood 0 0 40 7 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    David Fifita 0 0 35 10 0 6 0 14 105 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
    Liam Finn 0 0 17 0 2 0 6 6 25 4.17 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 1
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 5 0 3 4 0 15 95 6.33 1 3 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
    Reece Lyne 0 0 9 2 1 2 1 20 164 8.20 0 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
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kris Welham 1 0 20 6 4 2 0 11 69 6.27 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 4 0 0 3 0 9 71 7.89 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Robert Lui 1 0 26 5 3 1 4 10 59 5.90 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Sau 0 1 17 2 1 1 0 14 94 6.71 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Bibby 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 10 78 7.80 2 0 2 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
    Jack Littlejohn 0 0 24 2 1 2 6 7 16 2.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Lama Tasi 0 0 25 2 1 0 0 14 125 8.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Josh Wood 0 0 20 2 4 0 0 4 13 3.25 0 2 0 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
    Joshua Jones 0 0 24 2 0 6 0 15 103 6.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 1 29 3 4 2 0 14 76 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 42 8 4 0 0 13 86 6.62 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 27 10 1 3 0 8 68 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 26 1 2 3 0 5 40 8.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Burgess 0 0 21 1 0 0 0 10 81 8.10 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

    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

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