A gloomy evening at Belle Vue after the fifth straight defeat for Trinity in the Super 8s campaign came at the hand of Catalans Dragons.
It was a quiet 80 minutes with both sides failing to take their chances resulting in only five tries scored.
Trinity started the game on top having most of the possession, however, a sleeping defence gave Catalans the opportunity to go into the lead early on. After four minutes Jason Baiteri broke down the line and went around Max Jowitt, Tony Gigot added the extras.
The visitors coughed up possession 20m from their line giving Trinity a scrum. On the next play Max Jowitt stepped around several defenders for the try, Finn failed to convert leaving the home side behind on two points, 4-6.
Soon after Julian Bousquet powered his way over from close range to double the visitor’s lead, Gigot added the simple conversion.
Trinity ended the first half with two fantastic opportunities, the first when Max Jowitt was inches away from getting his second of the game but was unable to stretch far enough to make it count.
The second when Jowitt raced 80 yards, unfortunately it was not enough as Hall dropped the inside pass and Catalans went in at half time in the lead on 4-12.
The second half was much quieter than the first; Trinity were unable to take advantage of the extra man after Catalans were forced down to 12 men when Olivier Elima was sin binned.
Craig Hall pulled the points back for Trinity after two minutes of the second half getting underway. He was the first to react to a Jacob Miller grubber kick, Finn added the extras to put the score 10-12.
Trinity grew stronger in the game and started to attack the Catalans defence; Anthony Tupou and Scott Anderson both looked dangerous down the center of the field.
On 59 minutes Olivier Elima was sent to the sin bin after persistent penalties giving Trinity the edge with the extra man. However, four minutes later the visitors were awarded a penalty on Trinity’s line and Gigot went for the two points, to put them four points clear.
Trinity were close to pulling the game back and going into the lead to take the win, most of the play was in Catalans half, however it was just not enough and the visitors took the two points.
Full Time: Wakefield Trinity 10-14 Catalans Dragons