Super League  Monday 8th July 2013  The Rapid Solicitors Stadium  Att: 7,543

Squad

Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Lyne, Wildie, Annakin.

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, K. Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Craven, Gerrard, Gore, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Marsh, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Winterstein.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Matty Wildie

Frankie Mariano

Ali Lauitiiti

Dean Collis

GOAL SCORERS:

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Gareth Hock

Patrick Ah Van

GOAL SCORERS:

Jack Owens

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

In-form Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have the play-offs in their sights once more after brushing aside Widnes Vikings to register a fourth successive win.

The Wildcats, who produced a club Super League record seven-match winning run to reach the play-offs last season, overcame the loss of Paul Sykes and Dean Collis before half-time to maintain their momentum.

Richard Agar's men will now have a week off to prepare for back-to-back clashes with Leeds Rhinos while the Vikings go to Wigan Warriors for their Challenge Cup quarter-final next Monday on the back of just one win in eight matches. Widnes had their moments in the first half but they finished a well-beaten team.

It took Wakefield just three minutes to open the scoring as centre Collis timed his run to perfection to touch down Richard Mathers' grubber kick to register his 12th try of the season.

Lee Smith added the goal to make it 6-0 but the Vikings hit back on eight minutes when left winger Patrick Ah Van took stand-off Kevin Brown's cut-out pass to cross unopposed at the corner and he would have had a second try had he been able to take Rhys Hanbury's pass.

Widnes were on top at that stage but Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond, playing with painkillers to defy a finger injury, kept his side in front with two more examples of his inspirational bravery.

He came up with an ankle tap to halt the dangerous Hanbury in full flow and then chased back to bring down Hep Cahill after the Widnes forward had gone 50 metres on a run from deep inside his own half.

They were the highlights of a drab first half until the Wildcats' former Leeds second rower Ali Lauitiiti came into his own.

Collis went off with a leg injury shortly after scoring his try and Wakefield also lost stand-off Paul Sykes, with both men spotted on crutches during the interval.

But Wakefield turned adversity to their advantage as the early introduction of Lauitiiti from the bench, allied to the switch of Frankie Mariano from the pack, added a cutting edge to their left-sided attack.

The veteran New Zealander dummied his way over for his side's second try on 29 minutes and almost put through Ben Cockayne just before half-time with some more slick ball play.

Trailing 12-4 at the break, Widnes thought they were back in it when Hanbury touched down a Brown high kick but video referee Steve Ganson disallowed the try for obstruction by Ah Van and that signalled the end of the game as a contest.

Within 10 minutes, Wakefield had scored two more converted tries, largely through the efforts of England squad man Cockayne.

The former Hull KR favourite, who was the subject of a bid from his old club last week, made the most of a free play after Macgraff Leuluai had knocked on, sprinting into space and finding Mariano on his inside.

Mariano then turned trymaker, producing a delightful offload to release Cockayne and replacement hooker Mattie Wildie was in support to score his first Super League try of the season.

Lee Smith kicked his fourth goal from as many attempts but Widnes at least finished with a flurry.

Brown put his brother-in-law Gareth Hock through a hole in the Wildcats defence on the hour and he finished off at the corner while Hanbury deservedly got a consolation try four minutes from the end, with Jack Owens kicking his only goal from three attempts.

Match Action

  • 77m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 76m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 65m
    interchange_off

    Cameron Phelps

    Widnes

  • 65m
    interchange_on

    Grant Gore

    Widnes

  • 63m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 57m
    goal

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 53m
    try

    Matty Wildie

    Wakefield

  • 49m
    goal

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 48m
    try

    Frankie Mariano

    Wakefield

  • 37m
    interchange_on

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 37m
    interchange_off

    Dave Allen

    Widnes

  • 36m
    interchange_on

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 36m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 34m
    goal

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 33m
    try

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Matty Wildie

    Wakefield

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Wilkes

    Wakefield

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Amor

    Wakefield

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Justin Poore

    Wakefield

  • 11m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 8m
    interchange_on

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 8m
    interchange_off

    Dean Collis

    Wakefield

  • 6m
    goal

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 5m
    try

    Dean Collis

    Wakefield