Warrington Wolves 36 Wakefield Trinity 0: Problems mount for patched-up Wakefield as they are nilled again by Wolves
Even so, it was a gutsy effort from Trinity who – unlike in the 58-0 drubbing by Catalans Dragons two weeks ago – competed until the very end.
Warrington were clearly superior to a Trinity side missing several players through injury, three who are isolating and star front-rower Dave Fifita after he refused to wear a global positioning system tracker.
The home team scored three converted tries in each half, with stand-off Blake Austin grabbing a hat-trick in an outstanding individual display.
Toby King broke the deadlock after 17 minutes from Stefan Ratchford’s offload; Blake Austin stepped through the defence soon afterwards and then his long, looping pass put winger Josh Charnley over to make it 18-0 at half-time, which was a respectable effort from Trinity.
Austin sliced through from midway inside Wakefield’s half, skipping past two defenders and taking another pair over the line with him, to get the scoreboard ticking again five minutes after the break.
It was a damage limitation exercise after that, but Warrington didn’t score again until the 70th minute when Bem Currie raced the length of the field after collecting Miller’s kick.
Five minutes later Austin capped a fine display with his hat-trick try, from Matt Davis’ pass and Ratchford’s sixth conversion completed the scoring.
Wakefield’s worries mounted as they lost experienced centre Bill Tupolu (head) and on-loan Huddersfield winger Innes Senior (ankle) who are both likely to miss Thursday’s Headingley derby against Leeds Rhinos.
Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Lineham, Mamo, King, Charnley, Austin, Widdop, Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, J Clark. Subs: Philbin, Ashton, Davis, Kibula.
Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt, Croft, Gigot, Tupou, Senior, Miller, Hampshire, Navarrete, K Wood, Arona, Batchelor, Ashurst, Westerman. Subs: Kirmond, Crowther, Green, Tanginoa.
Referee: M Griffiths (Widnes).
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