Salford stole the show and took full advantage of an injury stricken Wildcats outfit.
Trinity started brightly when they were awarded the first penalty of the game, Craig Hall booted the ball past Salford’s 30m line on the back of a great first set for the visitors.
On five minutes the Red Devils had a massive chance to go into the lead when Rangi Chase went for a no look pass but unfortunately it did not work for the stand-off costing the home side a try.
A Tim Smith 40/20 for the visitors resulted in great field position. Trinity moved the ball out to the right to find Reece Lyne who had Chris Riley in support; referee, Thomason, unfortunately ruled the pass forward.
Great defensive play was showcased by Dean Collis as he took Harrison Hansen down on a one on one and gained the possession back for Trinity. A neat grubber kick close to the line meant Locke had to force a goal line drop out and the scoreline remained 0-0 on 13 minutes. Both sides were creating chances and the Wildcats looked on top but for the final execution of the pass.
Wakefield finally scored the first points of the day: An offload from Nick Scruton found Danny Washbrook, the back-rower broke down the field and passed the ball on the inside to Jacob Miller who placed the ball under the sticks. Hall converted to put Trinity into the lead by 6-0 after 18 minutes.
Salford soon regained their momentum and took control of the possession. With Wildcats deep in the oppositions 20m zone, Tim Smith’s pass was intercepted by Rangi Chase who fled from his own half down the field 40 metres, he then offloaded to Greg Johnson who scored to put the home side level after a successful conversion by Griffin.
The Red Devils won back-to-back penalty’s taking them into Trinity’s own half, Chase and Dobson linked up extremely well, Weller Hauraki popped up on the inside to score and put the home side into the lead on 12-6.
Soon after Owen was the saviour less than a minute later after he showcased an excellent try saving tackle, stopping Josh Griffin from scoring in the corner.
Trinity showed they had something left in them at the end of the first half as a carry from Mickael Simon resulted in a penalty and field position deep in the Salford half. Unfortunately Wildcats could not take the advantage as Smith’s pass to Lauitiiti was fumbled.
HALF TIME 12-6.
Salford Red Devils came out in the second half on top, scoring within the first five minutes.
Chase, who had caused issues for Wakefield all day, skipped past Trinity’s defence and grabbed his third try of the game, Josh Griffin converted to put the home side into an even further lead of 18-6.
Trinity won a penalty on 50 minutes, which took them onto Salford’s 30m line, on the next play Nick Scruton, was tackled close to the try line however McShane scooted from dummy half and caught the home side off guard to make it 18-12.
Salford found themselves adding to the score line when Dobson threw a pass out to Sa’u on the right, the centre found space between tired Trinity’s defenders. Griffin converted to make it 24-12.
Wakefield spread the ball out to the right on 64 minutes, Dean Collis attempted a grubber kick but Jones-Bishop dealt with it extremely well and won the possession back for the home side.
Ali Lauitiiti held out strong for Trinity, as he broke free and ran down the centre of the field; Jacob Miller was close by in support. Unfortunately the visitors were caught on the last tackle and lost the possession.
Locke looked inches away from finishing the game for the home side, but he could not ground Chase’s kick and Trinity won back the possession.
An exciting last quarter created chances at both ends. For Salford, Locke was just inches from a neat Chase grubber whilst the enigmatic Craig Hall continued to create confusion in the salford ranks from full back. Ali Lauititi and Reece Lyne combined well on the Trinity left hand side but the final pass and support was difficult with such tired bodies.
Craig Hall created a grandstand finish after a Tim Smith kick in behind was snapped up by the full-back. He converted his own try to make it 24-18 with less than 2 monists on the clock
Salford attempted a drop goal with seconds to spare in the game but missed. Reece Lyne made 30 metres for Trinity, but after a final kick through from Smith, Locke regained possession and the 2 points went to the men in Red and Black.
FULL TIME SALFORD RED DEVILS 24:18 WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS