The second game to be played on Saturday comes at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, 6pm kickoff, where Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will face off against Widnes Vikings. Trinity are currently in Million Pound Game territory while the Vikings are second in the middle eights table.
Last Time Out
Wakefield came close to winning their third match in the Qualifiers but just lost out to Hull Kingston Rovers 20-18 at the KC Lightstream Stadium. The visitors went 12-0 up after two tries from Kevin Locke, and one from Lee Smith. Josh Mantellato and Kieran Dixon both touched down for Chris Chester’s side in response to the earlier unconverted tries from Wakefield. At 12-10 up after the first half, Wakefield will have been hoping to go from strength to strength in the second period but that didn’t happen. Dixon recorded his second try of the afternoon with 12 minutes remaining, then Shaun Lunt crossed the whitewash for the Robins. Wakefield winger Smith grabbed his brace to cut the two score deficit to just two points after he converted his own try. Unfortunately for the West Yorkshire outfit, Hull KR just held on to their slender lead by the end.
Widnes put in a superb performance at the Provident Stadium to topple Bradford Bulls. Despite Adrian Purtell scoring the first try of the match for Bradford after 17 minutes, the Vikings bounced back with three tries. Joe Mellor scored two of those and Patrick Ah Van crossed the whitewash for the other. Omari Caro got Bradford to within two points of the visitors before half-time with an interception try after Kevin Brown’s pass was picked off. 42 points without reply came in the second half for Widnes as they blew Bradford away. Mellor and Ah Van completed their trebles during the final 40 minutes, the other four-pointers came from Charly Runciman, Hep Cahill, Rhys Hanbury and Kevin Brown.
There’ll be a great battle at both sides of the field this weekend when Widnes and Wakefield’s centres go up against each other. Charly Runciman of Widnes and Bill Tupou of Wakefield both arrived at their respective clubs late on in the regular season but their influence can’t be underestimated. Runciman and Tupou have been good acquisitions by Messrs Betts and Smith respectively. Reece Lyne was the other centre for Wakefield against Hull KR while Chris Dean slotted in beside Paddy Flynn against Bradford.
Widnes will be wanting to replicate their try-scoring form of last Sunday but Wakefield should prove to be tougher opposition than the Bulls. Wakefield will have been kicking themselves after the match against Hull KR, due to the fact they only converted one out of their four tries and ended up losing by just two points. The Wildcats are currently in fourth place, which grants a home match in the Million Pound Game, and it’s fair to say they’ll want to finish higher than that. A win against fellow Super League opposition will definitely increase their chances of finishing in a more lucrative position, but Widnes always prove a tough test irrespective of who they’re playing – Widnes by 8