Wakefield Trinity 28 – 10 Hull KR

 A disappointing afternoon for the men in red and white as Rovers were beaten with ease. Before this fixture, Wakefield had been only one of two Super League sides without a point, so far this season. Previously, the Robins had left it late but managed to get a late and unexpected victory over Castleford Tigers. Wakefield on the other hand had been closely beaten out in golden point by Leeds Rhinos.

 Thoroughly deserving of the victory, Trinity was far wiser in possession of the ball. An opening try showed yet more weakness on the Rovers right flank as Liam Kay touched down with an acrobatic effort. Two penalties converted by Mason Lino gave the hosts a 10-point lead, this was extended as Kay got his second try of the game. Quick hands from influential Tupou who was returning from injury, found his winger Kay to race in at the corner on the stroke of halftime.

 Tony Smith’s men had a strong finish last game and hoped to get to a good start second half. In the 42nd minute, however captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall searching for a teammate passed directly to Wakefield’s Tinirau Arona in acres of space to dot down with ease. It took to almost the hour mark and a 22-point deficit for the Robins to get on the scoreboard. Litten and Abdull combined with a flowing play from the ruck, which set Quinlan away to score. KR looked on top as they added to their score Adbull again an instigator, linking up with Quinlan who found Crooks in the corner. With just 10 points the difference and less than 10 minutes to go Rovers seemed to have the momentum. That was until Korbin Sims caught Jowitt with a high tackle. The fullback was hit with some force but little malice. A red card was given, on another occasion, the officials may have only sin-binned Sims if carded him at all. As the hooter sounded Trinity took advantage of the extra man, Tupou broke through a gap, finding the arriving Jacob Miller. Fitting that the two men the host had missed sorely in previous games combined for the last try. Wakefield no longer winless, Rovers need to regroup before their first game back in front of fans against Leigh next weekend.

Report by: Simon Bromwich

Wakefield Trinity 28 (16)
Tries: Kay 2, Arona, Miller. Goals: Lino 6

Hull KR 12 (0)
Tries: Quinlan, Crooks. Goals: Milnes, Abdull.

Published – 24th May 2021