Written by Daniel Church
Sundays cup ties began with Warrington and Wakefield. Both teams not in the greatest form but Wakefield once again showed their class beating the Wolves for the second week in a row.
Wakefield started well defensively with Lyne and Kay shutting down the Wolves attack, forcing their man into touch. Minutes later, Warrington dropped the ball on the halfway line, allowing Trinity to try an attack which unfortunately came to nothing.
Warrington were the first team off the mark after courtesy of Wrench, Widdop converting with ease. Then just 2 minutes later they got over again, Thewlis getting over this time with Widdop once again converting. 12-0 a strong start from Wire.
Lino, who was excellent so far in the first half put in a defence splitting pass, but the ball was dropped. He would have been away otherwise.
Jowitt and Hall combined extremely well to get the ball out to Lewis Murphy in the 27th minute cutting the deficit in half, Lino converted.
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Nice plays from Trinity resulted in a goal-line drop out for them, putting them in the driving seat to draw level but again nothing came of the attacks.
Real end to end rugby was the narrative for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Both team completing sets well, running the line and solid defence. This was until Lino played a beauty of a pass towards Kay, who flicked the ball back to the number 4 who dived over drawing Trinity level at 12-12 after the conversion.
Straight off the re-start Miller released the ball towards Jowitt, who ran through and set hall up in the corner. No extras this time sadly for Trinity who went 12-16 ahead.
Outstanding rugby from Wakefield followed for the last 20 minutes of the game, forcing goal-line drop outs, and not letting Wire break through. They held on extremely well with just a 4 point lead, but thoroughly deserved the win.
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Warrington: Thewlis, Charnley, Mata’utia, King, Wrench; Widdop, Williams; Mulhern, Walker, Cooper, Currie, Robson, Holmes
Interchanges: Philbin, D Clark, Davis, Magoulias.
Tries: Wrench, Thewlis
Goals: Widdop (2/2)
Wakefield: Jowitt; Kay, Lyne, Hall, Murphy; Miller, Lino; Arona, Hood, Tanginoa, Ashurst, Pitts, Crowther.
Interchanges: Battye, Whitbread, Batchelor, Aydin
Tries: Murphy, Lyne, Hall
Goals: Lino (2/3)
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