Wakefield Trinity’s Magic Weekend experience ends in defeat as Toulouse take a 26-38 victory at St. James’ Park.
Following a spirited defeat against Wigan last time out, Trinity headed to Newcastle’s Magic Weekend looking to further the gap between themselves and today’s opponents after the French side’s over Hull KR left the gap at just 4 points.
With that in mind, Willie Poching was forced to make one switch just days before our trip to Newcastle, Brad Walker taking the place of Mason Lino after the halfback pulled out due to injury.
That being said, Welsh winger, Kyle Evans, kept his place with Max Jowitt staying at fullback for the second game in a row.
With fire in their belly, Trinity started as they meant to go on in the North West, and with just nine minutes on the clock, a quick dart from dummy-half got Trinity on the front foot as Liam Hood went over.
It didn’t take Wakefield long to add another. Jacob Miller dropped an expertly-timed kick into the Toulouse in-goal as Matty Ashurst came steaming onto his grubber to touch down.
With their tails up, Trinity came agonisingly close to adding to their newfound advantage, as Walker found some space close to the Toulouse line, but he was unable to keep hold of possession as the ball was spilt.
Joe Bretherton did try and spoil Wakefield’s first-half fun as he held a good line to go over with just 14 minutes left of the first period. However, the tries didn’t stop there as David Fifita found some space over on the left, with the prop forward finding space in the opposition defence to touch down.
That was where the try-scoring ended for Trinity, as after the break, the French side took full control of the contest.
Lambert Belmas added the first of the second period before Matty Russell claimed his first of the afternoon out wide. Nathan Peats was the next to add a try for today’s opponents, as his effort was confirmed by the video referee just eight minutes into the second half.
Just shy of the hour mark, the Toulouse added another two as they added to their advantage. Latrell Schaumkel touched down after the ball was stripped by Miller before Russell added his second of the game.
Kelepi Tanginoa was on hand to grab one back for Trinity just shy of the hooter, however, it was the French side who added the final score, as they completed the victory.