Widnes Vikings 16 Wakefield Trinity 18: Craig Hall’s late try helps Wildcats snatch victory

Craig Hall.
Craig Hall.
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CRAIG HALL grabbed a last-gasp try, converted by Liam Finn, as Wakefield snatched a dramatic victory in an ill-tempered match at Widnes.

The Vikings had looked set for their first win in six First Utility Super League games as they led 16-12 in the closing stages, but Hall touched down and Finn slotted the kick to settle a contest which saw two players sent off and three sin-binned.

Wakefield’s Scott Moore and Widnes’s Aaron Heremaia were dismissed midway through the first half, with Patrick Ah Van having already been sin-binned and team-mates Lloyd White and Stefan Marsh following suit.

Wakefield went ahead against the run of play when Jacob Miller shot through the defence for Anthony Tupou to cross, and Finn converted.

Finn could have scored a try if he had taken a long Tom Johnstone pass as Wakefield looked threatening. Ah Van had a try disallowed, but a Finn penalty made it 8-0 at the break.

Widnes finally breached the visitors’ defence early in the second half after Charly Runciman’s touchline burst beat Ben Jones-Bishop and Max Jowitt.

Another Finn penalty made it 10-4 but Widnes were level with a converted try after Eamon O’Carroll took Gil Dudson’s slipped pass to score under the posts. Finn’s third penalty edged Wakefield back in front at 12-10 but the Vikings went ahead for the first time with Hanbury racing over and then converting his own try to make it 16-12.

Marsh was then yellow-carded for a blatant trip, before Hall went over for the vital try.

Widnes: Hanbury, Thompson, Ah Van, Runciman, Marsh, Mellor, Heremaia, Dudson, White, O’Carroll, Dean, Houston, Cahill. Substitutes: Sa, Manuokafoa, Leuluai, Whitley.

Wakefield: Jowitt, Jones-Bishop, Gibson, Hall, Johnstone, Miller, Finn, Scruton, Moore, Arona, Kirmond, Ashurst, A. Tupou. Substitutes: Annakin, Simon, Howarth, Yates.

Referee: J Cobb (RFL).