January 7, 2018

Trinity Secure Sensational Win Over Halifax RLFC

It was an impressive display from Chris Chester’s side slotting eleven tries and denying Championship side Halifax RLFC any opportunity to push forward and scoring a try.

Trinity showcased fine form across the 80 minutes at Belle Vue Stadium with exceptional tries coming from Caton-Brown, Arundel, Johnstone, Pauli and Finn to get 62 points onto the board and to secure the first win of 2018.

The pre season fixture also saw the return of winger Tom Johnstone who featured the full 80 minutes and came out unscathed scoring a hat-trick after missing the past seven months of the 2017 Betfred Super League season through injury.

Trinity came out on top in the first half scoring five tries allowing Chester the opportunity to switch his side up for the second 40 minutes after making nine changes.

Within 18 minutes, Trinity secured 20 points following tries from Johnstone, Arundel and Mason Caton-Brown down the wings. The first try came on just four minutes when Liam Finn and Scott Grix returned to the action after their time in the World Cup to set Caton-Brown up on the right wing, Finn added the extras to go 6-0 up.

Johnstone had his first opportunity to show his pace after being released down the left wing, he had Arundel in support on his inside to cross over the line, unfortunately Finn failed to add the extras.

Moments later and Johnstone scored a sensational try to show he was back with a bang after an impressive dive in the corner after Grix set the winger up.

It was Joe Arundel to get his name next on the score sheet, a fantastic pass from Jacob Miller who had his first run out of the pre season campaign found Arundel to go over. Within minutes, Mason Caton-Brown dived over for his second three minutes from half time after a defensive splitting pass from Liam Finn found the winger to his right, 28-0.

Chris Chester made nine changes to his starting 13 for the second half and within seconds Pauli Pauli got his first try in Trinity colours after his power and strength was too much for the Halifax defence; Batchelor who was fresh off the bench took over kicking duties and made no mistake.

Pauli’s second came moments later after he held off five Halifax defence with his brutal strength to get over the line from close range.

On 55 minutes, Tom Johnstone struck once again, a brilliant pass from Max Jowitt to find his teammate to fly over by the left corner. The winger had an opportunity to get his hat-trick 10 minutes later but he selflessly handed it on the inside to Liam Finn to get the try and put Trinity 50-0 ahead.

Finn got his second of the game on the 71st minute after Batchelor ran a quality line to find the scrum-half who got the try before Johnstone finally got his hat-trick seconds before the hooter.

Full Time: Wakefield Trinity 62-0 Halifax RLFC