Wildcats hold off Red Devils

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats held on for a second consecutive victory against a brave Salford Red Devils side.

Wakefield started the game quickly and got their reward after four minutes when Scott Grix managed to find a gap and go in in the corner. Liam Finn provided a brilliant touchline conversion to make it a six point advantage.

The Red Devils defended valiantly in the first half and kept the Wildcats down to just one try in the first half, although they did have the chances for more. Finn was able to put a penalty over as Salford were punished for interference meaning it was an eight point half time lead.

The visitors knew they needed a big start to the second half and they got it against a Trinity defence that hadn’t really been tested in the first half. Robert Lui ghosted into a huge gap in the defence to score. Gareth O’Brien was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt.

But that didn’t matter as just 13 minutes into the second half, Wakefield’s half time lead was wiped out. This time a brilliant team move saw the Red Devils spread the ball out wide, leaving Niall Evalds to exploit the gap. O’Brien was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt.

Then a piece of brilliance from Ryan Hampshire with a kick into the perfect spot for Jacob Miller to pounce on and score. Finn was successful with the conversion attempt to re-establish Wakefield’s six point lead.

That would not be the end of the drama however, as Kris Welham managed to use his strength to get over the line and set up a kick for O’Brien to level it right at the death. A chance which he missed.

This means Salford fell just short but ultimately it was a second consecutive defeat for one of last seasons surprise packages. The Red Devils now have a week off to prepare for the visit of Hull KR in a repeat of the 2016 Million Pound Game where O’Brien’s drop goal relegated the Robins from the Super League.

As for Wakefield, they have secured a second straight victory and continue to go from strength to strength under Chris Chester. They also have a week off before heading to the south of France to  take on Catalans Dragons.


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