posted on 22 May 2016

Jacob Miller’s extraordinary 50 metre drop-goal secured a dramatic 25-24 Magic Weekend victory over Catalans Dragons at St James’ Park.

The Dragons stormed into a 14-0 lead inside the opening half an hour, but one try before the break and two more afterwards, including a brace for Ben Jones-Bishop, took Trinity into an 18-14 lead midway through the second period.

Catalans hit back with two tries of their own, but after Mickael Simon touched down to lock the scores up at 24-24, Miller stepped up to sink the long range effort, and give Wakefield their first Magic Weekend win since 2012.

Trinity enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening 10 minutes, however it was Catalans who opened the scoring after 18 minutes as centre Justin Horo crossed in the corner.

Pat Richards was off target with the conversion, but the French side extended their lead to 8-0 just five minutes later, as former Huddersfield winger Jodie Broughton benefited from quick hands down the right hand side to slide in for his side’s second try.

Struggling to get foothold in the game, Wakefield soon found themselves 14-0 down as Tony Gigot grounded a Thomas Bosc grubber under the posts, leaving Richards an easy conversion.

Trinity did get themselves back into the game just after the half hour mark though, as Liam Finn picked up a loose ball in midfield and fed Ben Jones-Bishop who sprinted in to score his second try in as many weeks.

Finn converted the try to reduce the deficit to eight points, and despite heaping pressure on the Catalans line for the remainder of the half, Wakefield could not find a way through, meaning they still trailed 14-6 at the break.

The half-time interval didn’t appear to slow Trinity down though, as Jones-Bishop got his second try of the afternoon soon afterwards with an outstanding one handed finish close to the corner flag. Finn once again converted from the touchline to bring his side to within two points.

And Wakefield took the lead for the first time just seven minutes later, as Mikey Sio bundled his way over from close range near the posts, allowing Finn to comfortably convert to make it 18-14.

The game swung back in the French side’s favour though and they regained the lead after 55 minutes when Richards converted Vincent Duport’s score out wide.

Catalans then scored their second try in the space of five minutes when Broughton crossed again near the right hand touchline, however Richards’ missed conversion left Trinity still just one score behind.

With a vocal Trinity crowd in the Gallowgate Stand behind them, Wakefield drew level with just seven minutes remaining, as Simon proved too powerful from close range and crashed over against his former club.

Jubilation looked to have turned to despair for Simon just moments later though, as the Frenchman conceded a penalty in front of the Wakefield posts, only for the experienced Richards to see his penalty attempt bounce back off the upright.

And the drama was not finished there, as Man of the Match Miller struck an extraordinary drop-goal from the half-way line with just three minutes to go, to seal an outstanding 25-24 win for Trinity and end four years of Magic Weekend heartbreak.


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