Who Can Back Up From A Big Win? Trinity or the Red Devils?
Winning at Saints is becoming a less remarkable achievement by the week, but Wakefield Trinity will nevertheless be buoyed by their 16-12 victory going into this week’s visit from Salford Red Devils. Chris Chester’s side were full value for their win on a rainy night not exactly conducive to free-flowing rugby. The so-called controversy regarding the late Jacob Miller penalty try which sealed the win is a total red herring, the confused rantings of a head coach under mounting pressure. With Sam Williams directing traffic and the likes of Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Craig Huby and Michael Sio putting in a real shift in defence they wore down a Saints outfit utterly devoid anything resembling a clue about how to break them down often enough.
Twenty-four hours later Salford were pulling off their own surprise result as they got the better of Warrington at the AJ Bell Stadium. Though the Wolves are winless so far in Super League few would have expected the always inconsistent Red Devils to be able to cope with the array of attacking weapons at Tony Smith’s disposal. Yet with Junior Sau’s double and further scores from George Griffin and Kris Brinning they secured a fine win which leaves them fifth in the early season table with two wins and two losses so far. Those losses were at the hands of Leeds and Wigan, while a win at Huddersfield showed a television audience what we’ve always know, namely that Salford will be competitive on their day but that they are likely to have too few of those days to be a real contender.
Which is why a win at Wakefield would be a huge boost to Ian Watson’s side as they bid to stay at the upper end of the table and show that they are good enough for the top eight spot they would have secured last season had it not been for their inability to count the pennies. Wakefield benefitted hugely from that error, and will again hope to challenge for a Super 8’s berth.