Trinity Second Half Rally Beats the Centurions

23rd March, 2017

Trinity produced a superb second half performance to move into the Super League top eight with a 28-24 win over Leigh Centurions at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.

Having fallen behind to an early Ben Reynolds try, Trinity hit back to take the lead midway through the first half thanks to two tries in quick succession from Joe Arundel and Scott Grix.

Leigh responded well though and went into the break leading 24-12, but Wakefield came out with renewed energy in the second half, and fought back to secure the two points thanks to tries from Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller and Ben Jones-Bishop.

Trinity made the worst possible start to the game, falling behind inside the first five minutes as Reynolds converted his own try after Gareth Hock had broken the defensive line close to halfway.

Wakefield though responded well and got themselves on the scoreboard just short of the 20 minute mark, as David Fifita offloaded well out of the tackle to Arundel on his shoulder, allowing the centre to touch down from close range.

Williams added the conversion to draw the scores level, and Trinity took the lead just three minutes later as Grix threw a dummy to Johnstone outside him, creating space in the Leigh defensive line to skip over and score the try himself, which Williams successfully converted.

The scores were level again just moments later though, as Micky Higham punished Trinity for conceding back-to-back penalties inside their own half by burying his way over from dummy-half.

And the visitors regained the lead after half an hour as Sam Hopkins took a short pass from Higham before crashing his way over for Leigh’s third try.

With the momentum firmly in their favour, the Centurions extended their lead further shortly before half time, as Ben Crooks stretched out to score in the right-hand corner, with Reynolds maintaining his 100% record from the tee with a touchline conversion.

With Keegan Hirst impressing in the middle of the field having come off the bench for his Super League debut, Trinity closed the gap to six points early in the second half when Johnstone danced his way around Reynolds and Adam Higson to score his third try of the season.

And Trinity got themselves back on level terms once again after 59 minutes, as Williams added his fourth conversion of the night after Miller had touched down Liam Finn’s neat grubber under the posts.

They didn’t have to wait long for another score either, with Jones-Bishop reaching out to score his 100th career try having leapt above Matty Dawson to catch Williams’s clever kick to the corner.

Williams was unable to add the extras from out wide, and the Australian half-back was unsuccessful from the tee once more just five minutes later, slicing a penalty wide of the right-hand upright, leaving Wakefield’s lead at just four points.

The misses did not prove to be costly though, as Wakefield’s defence held out for the remaining eight minutes, to secure the win which moves them up to seventh in the Super League table.