Widnes Go Bottom After Wakefield Loss

The opening minutes of the game would see a flurry of exchanges between the two sides, Wakefield going closest through Anthony England who failed to retain possession of the ball as he attempted to ground it, Widnes getting an early let off.

Widnes would register the games first points after 8 minutes, a penalty 15 metres out from the Wakefield line giving them the perfect opportunity to shoot for the sticks, Stefan Marsh making no mistake from dead in-front to give Widnes a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Hampshire made two very important contributions back to back, first his tackle forcing an error to give Trinity the ball back, then delivering a delayed pass to man mountain, Pauli Pauli, who would wriggle free in the tackle to get the ball down and give Wakefield the lead, Batchelor converting to make it 6-2.

Another big defensive tackle would give Wakefield their next points, England coming u with a rattling shot to force the ball out, Wakefield then going down-field and Jacob Miller finding Tom Johnstone out on the flank to finish in his usual acrobatic style, James Batchelor unable to convert from the wing to give Wakefield a 10-2 lead.

David Fifita would extend Wakefield's lead three minutes later, the big prop charging onto a Tyler Randell pass and attack the Widnes line, the Vikings line unable to keep yet another of Wakefield's big men out, Batchelor converting once more to make it 16-2 with 10 minutes of the first half left to play, and that's how the sides would finish up the half.
 Widnes would make an encouraging start to the second half, Patrick Ah Van getting on the end of some scrambling attack after some disjointed play, the big winger finishing to give Widnes a way back into the game, Marsh unable to convert from out wide, 16-6.

Widnes were playing with intent now, first a 40/20 setting them up in position, Wakefield's defence holding firm, then Chamberlain getting himself over the line but somehow denied by Jowitt at fullback, then forcing a goal line dropout, all in the space of a hectic 5 minutes.

Trinity would take the easy points when offered late in the second half, Widnes guilty of holding down, Batchelor converting to give Trinity an 18-6 lead into the last 10 minutes of the game, Jacob Miller would decide to grab a point of his own on his 100th game, slotting a drop goal with less than 2 minutes to play to see Wakefield take a 19-6 victory over the Vikings.



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