Lewis Murphy scores four tries as Wakefield Trinity run riot with a 34-18 victory over St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
A first-half hat-trick was made even better when the Trinity youngster dotted down his fourth of the afternoon late in the second half as Max Jowitt, Lee Gaskell and Corey Hall also added their names to the scoresheet on a wonderful day in Merseyside.
Following a victory on Thursday over Hull KR, Wakefield’s season was all but over after securing their place in the Super League for another year.
With that in mind, Willie Poching rang the changes, bringing Sid Adebyi, Brad Walker and Harry Bowes into the 17.
It didn’t take long for Wakefield to find their groove. Our right edge caused all sorts of problems for the home side as Hall found the ball in his hands following a great line to touch down in the ninth minute.
After Saints clawed themselves back into it following a Ben Davies try, it was time for a Murphy masterclass as the winger touched down three tries in quick succession to put some daylight between us and our opponents.
Jowitt ran a nice line to catch the Saints defence off guard as his pass found Murphy, with the winger leaving it all to do, scoring acrobatically in the corner.
He wasn’t done there, though. His second was magic, but his third. Wow. Truly immense from Murphy as he took the ball up high in the air just metres from the line. He gathered it expertly, brought it in and reached out that long arm to find the St Helens in-goal.
The half wasn’t over, though, and with just seven minutes until the hooter, Jowitt added his first of the afternoon. Kyle Evans broke down the right, leaving acres of space for Max as he found the whitewash to give us a big advantage at the interval.
The scoring wasn’t over there, and it didn’t take long for Murphy to set up a try. It would be greedy, otherwise. The winger used his speed down the left to find Gaskell, who had no issue with providing the finish.
His fourth was, well, sublime. Think we have run out of superlatives. Quick hands across the line finally found the winger and, the finish, was never in doubt, acrobatically diving over the St Helens defence to provide his fourth of the afternoon.
The home side did get a couple back, however, the day was Trinity’s as we take our fourth win in a row in the penultimate game of the season.