18th October 2018, 12:44 | wakefield_trinity
Wakefield Trinity built on their exceptional 2017 season, becoming a side that consistently mix it with the big boys. Wins against League Leaders St Helens and good performances in the Super 8s secured a second consecutive top 5 finish.
Best Moment: With three players selected in the Dream Team; Matty Ashurst, Bill Tupou & Tom Johnstone made the 2018 team to become the first players since 2004 where more than one player was selected for Trinity.
Best Win (Wakefield Trinity 24-20 St Helens): A spirited performance from Liam Finn, who scored 4 goals and led the side in the creative department secured a win against the 2018 League Leaders Shield.
It was only the Saints second loss of the season and was secured through a solid defensive performance in front of the effervescent Belle Vue crowd.
Best Players (Bill Tupou/Tom Johnstone): 2018 was the breakout year for Tupou, who made the most metres in the game and formed an electric partnership with winger Tom Johnstone. In reality, either could have been selected as Trinity’s best player. Tupou was rewarded for his fine form with a well-deserved call-up to the Dream Team.
His wing partner Tom Johnstone had a similarly stellar 2018, scoring 24 tries and making nearly 3,000 metres for his side. He built upon a promising 2018 with a superb debut for England, scoring three tries in the 44-6 victory over France.
Record Breakers: 2018 marked Matty Ashurst & Kyle Woods 100th appearance for the club, with Woods’ century split between two spells at the club. It also marked the greatest number of players named in the Dream Team for Trinity. Tom Johnstone also scored the most tries in a season for Wakefield since Sid Domic in 2004.
Worst Loss (Wakefield Trinity 6-11 Castleford Tigers): A tight and tense derby, seeking a first win against the Tigers at Belle Vue since 2013, ending in disappointing defeat in testing conditions. Chris Chester said after the match that he thought his side were the better team, but the wait continues for the Dreadnoughts.
Best Quote: “It’s like someone has stuck a pin in me and all the pressure has been relieved” – Chris Chester after the 72-10 win at home to Hull FC, securing a top 8 finish.
2019 Outlook: Wakefield secured back-to-back top 5 finishes in 2018 for the first time since 1968 and the future looks bright for 2019. With the futures of star players such as Matty Ashurst, Ryan Hampshire & Bill Tupou secured, Wakefield look set to improve upon their performances and push for a playoff spot.