Super League: Wakefield Trinity 14-12 Salford Red Devils
|Betfred Super League|
|Wakefield (8) 14|
|Tries: Grix, Wood Goals: Finn 3|
|Salford (0) 12|
|Tries: Lui, Evalds, Welham|
Gareth O'Brien missed a last-minute conversion attempt to hand Wakefield victory over Salford in Super League.
Trinity endured intense pressure to lead at half-time thanks to Scott Grix's try and Liam Finn's two kicks.
Salford quickly levelled the scores after the break with tries from Robert Lui and Niall Evalds, before Kyle Wood restored the hosts' lead.
Kris Welham crossed in the right-hand corner, but O'Brien's missed kick meant Wakefield took the two points.
O'Brien had earlier missed with his previous two conversion attempts, both from difficult positions, while Wakefield's Liam Finn was successful with all three of his attempts at goal.
Wakefield dominated the opening stages, but there was a touch of fortune to their first try, as Bill Tupou appeared to have been forced into touch in the build-up to Grix's score.
Salford responded well but were unable to break down a resilient Trinity side, who welcomed back forward Craig Huby after a lengthy spell out with an injury.
The visitors improved in the second half and could have taken a deserved first point of the season when Welham slid over, but instead Wakefield held on to make it two wins from two to start the new season.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester:
"I thought it had gone over when he [Gareth O'Brien] first struck the ball. There was a little smile on my face when he missed.
"I'm pleased with the result but I thought Salford deserved something from that game.
They're going to be there or thereabouts again this year, there's no doubt about that, if they keep their main players fit and healthy.
"We needed to be a little bit smarter when we went six points in front, maybe slowing the game down a little bit, kicking the ball into touch, but we just managed to get through the other side."
Salford coach Ian Watson:
"We asked for consistency in our performance and that's what the boys have worked on. They deserved more out of it.
"The good thing for us is we've come to a team which have been talked up as a top-four team this year.
"The boys have stuck to their task and have shown what we want to be about this season, which is competing against the top teams.
"Someone's got to take the kicks and the pressure comes down to them when they're in a tight game."
Wakefield: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Finn; Fifita, Wood, England, Ashurst, Horo, Arona.
Replacements: Hampshire, Kirmond, Pauli, Huby.
Salford: O'Brien; Bibby, Welham, Sau, Evalds; Lui, Littlejohn; Mossop, Wood, Tasi, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy.
Replacements: Kopczak, Tomkins, Burgess, Nakubuwai.