Wakefield Trinity fell to an agonising 16-12 defeat to Hull FC in Round One of the Betfred Super League at the Be Well Support Stadium.
With pre-season well and truly behind us, it was that time of year again as Rugby League made a long-awaited return this weekend.
After a win and a defeat in their previous two outings against Halifax and Featherstone, respectively, Willie Poching named a full-strength side for today’s clash with Hull.
However, it was the away side that struck first. After a tightly-contested opening 10 minutes, it was the Humberside club who drew first blood.
Adam Swift broke well down the left as he fed the ball back on the inside to Luke Gale, who finished well.
An arm-wrestle ensued with both teams failing to assert some dominance onto the contest.
Nevertheless, it was Trinity who finally found a leveller, as Corey Hall dived over for his first try in Red, White & Blue.
An incredible break from Tom Johnstone got Trinity on the front foot, and in the next set, Hall received the ball just metres from the try line before weaving his way through the Hull defence to score.
With the scores all-even at the interval, it was Brett Hodgson’s side who increased their scoreline just after the break with two tries in two minutes.
First, Joe Lovodua went over under the sticks before a well-worked move saw Darnell McIntosh go over.
Jake Connor was shown a red card for a high shot in the 65th minute as Trinity was able to reduce the deficit late in the second half as a wonderfully executed, acrobatic score from Johnstone put Trinity within four.
However, it wasn’t to be as we fell to defeat in Round One of the Betfred Super League.