Wakefield moved up to fifth in the Super League table with an emphatic 30-4 win over Widnes Vikings at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.
Trinity came into the game on the back of impressive victories over Leigh Centurions and Catalans Dragons in their last two outings, and got off to the perfect start as Bill Tupou and the outstanding Tom Johnstone both touched down inside the opening quarter of an hour.
Widnes hit back through Corey Thompson’s unconverted try, but that was as good as it got for the visitors, as tries from Scott Grix and Craig Huby, as well as a brace from Dean Hadley, secured a crucial two points for Chris Chester’s side ahead of a busy Easter period.
It took Trinity just two and a half minutes to open the scoring, as Tupou shrugged off an attempted tackle by Thompson to score in the corner following Liam Finn’s crisp short pass.
Sam Williams was unable add the conversion from out wide, but the home side came close to extending their lead on the 10 minute mark, only for Mitch Allgood to be held up over the line after a powerful run.
They did make their early dominance count just moments later though, when quick hands from Grix set Johnstone away into space on the left hand side, allowing the winger to cruise in for his sixth try of the season.
Widnes responded well and Thompson atoned for missing the early tackle on Tupou by touching down Tom Gilmore’s neat grubber into the corner to get his side on the scoreboard, although Gilmore was unable to add the extras.
The try seemed to give the Vikings a lift too, and Wakefield were forced into several impressive defensive sets close to their own line in the following 10 minute period.
But Chris Chester’s side soaked up the pressure well and got their reward shortly before the interval as Hadley, who this week extended his loan at the club for another month, benefitted from an outstanding offload out of the tackle from Johnstone to score his first try for the club.
And Johnstone was the creator once again 10 minutes into the second half, showing a clean pair of heels to get away from the Widnes defence down the left-hand touchline from inside his own half, before giving a simple pass to Grix who ran in to score unopposed.
Finn then slotted the first successful conversion of the game having taken over kicking duties from Williams, to extend the lead out to 14 points.
And Wakefield put the game beyond the Vikings’ reach with two tries in quick succession either side of the hour mark, as Hadley crossed for his second of the evening after another good offload from the impressive David Fifita, before Huby powered his way over under the posts for his first try in Trinity colours.
Finn maintained his perfect record from the tee by converting both tries, and despite Widnes going close on a couple of occasions late on, Trinity saw out the remaining minutes to seal a third consecutive Super League win.