Wakefield Trinity was back to winning ways after a hat-trick from Tom Johnstone sealed the 50-6 victory over Sheffield Eagles.
Wakefield were the stronger side in what was a typical pre season friendly. The first half had a bit of the lack-lustre feel to it on what was a chilly winter afternoon at The Beaumont Legal Stadium.
Sam Williams opened up the score line in the final friendly of the season. Anthony England was on the receiving end of one of many high tackles and Trinity were awarded a penalty deep into the visitors half. On the next play Williams crossed the line after some fancy footwork; he converted his own try to make it 6-0 after four minutes.
A slip in defence from Trinity opened up a gap for Sheffield’s Garry Lo who went through both Ben Jones-Bishop and Reece Lyne to go over, Simon Brown then levelled the game after kicking the extras.
Another great opportunity for Trinity when Huby got on the end of a delayed pass from Williams, however the play was brought back for a forward pass and Sheffield were back with the possession.
It wasn’t long until the try came; Reece Lyne showed off his pace and outran the Sheffield defence to go over, Williams failed to convert, 10-6.
Sheffield found themselves a man down when Mark Mexico was sent to the sin bin after a dangerous tackle on Danny Kirmond and Trinity were awarded a penalty. On the next play Jacob Miller went over and Williams added the extras.
Williams sealed the end of the first half with a try after he darted through Sheffield’s defence, the scrum-half successfully converted to make it 22-6.
Trinity came out in the second half with a lot more enthusiasm and fight scoring two consecutive tries early on.
Matty Ashurst went over first after a lovely pass from Jacob Miller. The second try of the second half came when a miss-out pass from Ashurst who had a stand-out performance in the final 40 minutes found Tom Johnstone out on the wing and finished nicely in the corner, Williams added the extras on both occasions, 34-6.
Once again Ashurst came up with the skills when the second-rower timed a lovely inside ball to Max Jowitt who finished well on his first performance this pre season.
Johnstone completed his hat-trick in the second half after a further two tries from the winger. The first came after a lovely long pass from Jacob Miller who set him up, Finn who took over the kicking duties after Williams was off the field was unsuccessful, 44-06.
His third try came after another exceptional play from Jacob Miller and Matty Ashurst set him up to end the game on 50-6.
Full Time: Wakefield Trinity 50-6 Sheffield Eagles