Warrington vs Wakefield
7:45pm Friday 6th September
Halliwell Jones Stadium
Warrington Wolves survived a courageous second-half fightback to assert a 23-16 victory and secure their own position at the Super League play-offs.
The Wolves looked to be well on their way at in the Halliwell Jones Stadium as they led 16-0 in half-time, but a rally from the visitors saw them decrease the deficit to four points.
But, Steve Price’s men stopped their streak in Super League thanks to tries from Daryl Clark, Bryson Goodwin, Ben Currie and Josh Charnley while Stefan Ratchford kicked Dec Patton and three goals added a drop target.
Wakefield claimed tries through Ryan Hampshire, Ben Jones-Bishop along with Morgan Escare and listed two goals in Danny Brough. However, the defeat means that they now face an all-important showdown at home to London Broncos next week and remain in the relegation battle.
Blake Austin returned into the Wolves side after a four-week absence with the shoulder injury that compelled to him miss the Challenge Cup final win over St Helens, while Chris Hill, Mike Cooper, Patton and Toby King all came back into the side after missing out the reduction to Salford Red Devils five times following their Wembley heroics.
Wakefield made four alterations for the side that lost 24-16 at home to Wigan using Titus Gwaze coming into the street for Chris Annakin, Anthony England, James Batchelor and Bill Tupou, Jordan Crowther, George King and Joe Arundel.
The people had given a good account of themselves dealing with everything and forcing two dropouts the Wolves were throwing in them.
But following all their ancient good work that they pressed the self-destruct button when, on the final tackle, the ball slipped through Danny Brough’s palms and Jacob Millar was forced into a hurried kick which went out on the complete, gifting Warrington ownership 20 metres from the Trinity lineup.
The Wolves needed no second invitation as Jason Clark slipped a pass from Lance Todd trophy winner Clark and the attack scooted around for the opening try.
And also the home side added to their tally five minutes later when again the Wolves hooker was involved as his long pass gave Currie the room to attack the Wakefield line along with the second rower powered over from the corner, together along with Ratchford landing a fine touchline conversion to make it 10-0.
When a slick managing saw the touchline raced down to score Along with the first-half dominance of Warrington attracted more points eight minutes before half-time.
Ratchford booted to give the Wolves a benefit at half-time.
Wakefield stunned that their hosts with two tries in the opening seven minutes to give themselves hope of a comeback and made the ideal start.
Trinity submitted their first points of the match two minutes after the restart if Arundel made Escare along with a potent break had been in support to take his pass and score.
When a few play the ball skipped through the Wolves defence to touch down and it made better for the visitors. Together with Brough on target with conversions, the end result was down to four factors in 16-12.
However, the momentum has been lost with a different mistake whenever they lost possession deep within their own half as Ratchford and Austin joined to ship Goodwin in at the corner, and the natives took complete advantage.
Any nerves eased along with hampshire crossed to provide Trinity as it was made by his try hope again 20-16 but a Ratchford penalty and saw that the natives.