Super League: Huddersfield 14-18 Wakefield - Trinity end 10-game losing run

Tom Johnstone has scored nine Super League tries for Wakefield Trinity so far this season
Tom Johnstone has scored nine Super League tries for Wakefield Trinity so far this season
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Huddersfield (10) 14
Tries: Sezer, Turner, Wood Goals: Gaskell
Wakefield (6) 18
Tries: Ashurst, Johnstone 2 Goals: Hampshire 3

Wakefield Trinity ended a 10-game losing run as they came from behind to stun Huddersfield Giants in Super League.

Matty Ashurst's early try for Wakefield was cancelled out by Aidan Sezer before Jordan Turner put Huddersfield ahead.

Sam Wood scored his first try of the season to further extend the Giants' lead but Tom Johnstone hit back.

Trinity ran in a late try, again thanks to Johnstone, as they completed their comeback to record a valuable victory.

Wakefield remain bottom of the Super League table on points difference after the victory, while Huddersfield remain seventh.

The match went ahead as planned despite appearing to be in the balance when Trinity recorded four further positive Covid-19 tests prior to Thursday.

Three players and a staff member tested positive, while two other personnel - including one player - must now self-isolate under track and trace protocol.

Wakefield have struggled since the season restarted and came into Thursday's fixture with an unenviable run of form, but they led early on thanks to Ashurst's try.

Trinity fought back within moments of Wood's try and capitalised on Lee Gaskell's wayward kicking to move within two points of the Giants just before the hour mark.

Chris Chester's side initially looked to have snatched victory when Ben Jones-Bishop crossed but his try was ruled out when Kyle Wood was shown to be offside.

However, Wakefield kept up their late momentum and were rewarded with a first win since March when Johnstone touched down his second of the evening soon after.

'One result doesn't make a season' - post-match reaction

Huddersfield caretaker coach Luke Robinson:

"There's been that many narrow losses, it's a little bit like a mental block for us more than anything else.

"Whenever we go into a pressure situation, I can see the doubt in their faces. When the heat is on we've got to find a way of staying composed and calm.

"We just don't know how to build any pressure both defensively and with the ball.

"We put ourselves under too much pressure with too many dropped balls and they showed a little bit more desperation than us."

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester:

"I thought we were worthy winners. We know we've still a lot to work on, one result doesn't make a season, but it's certainly a step in the right direction, it gives us something to work with.

"It was a good performance and that needs to be a benchmark now."

(on reports of dressing room unrest) "It kind of galvanised us. I knew those comments hadn't come from within the dressing room.

"I couldn't be more proud of how we've all stuck together and they got the rewards tonight. It showed a team that had some pride in the badge and pride in the coach, I thought that was evident from the start of the game."

Huddersfield: Senior, Wardle, Cudjoe, Turner, Wood, Gaskell, Sezer, English, Moore, McQueen, Edwards, Wardle, Lawrence.

Interchanges: Russell, Gavet, Matagi, Ta'ai.

Wakefield: Jowitt, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Croft, Johnstone, Miller, Hampshire, Tanginoa, Crowther, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Battye.

Interchanges: Wood, Fifita, Tangata, Adin.

Referee: M. Griffiths.

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