Wakefield 44-22 Widnes: Bill Tupou and Reece Lyne help Trinity crush Vikings

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Betfred Super League 2018
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Centres Bill Tupou and Reece Lyne scored two tries apiece as Wakefield improved their chances of a Betfred Super League top-eight finish by inflicting a record 11th successive league defeat on bottom of the table Widnes.

The 44-22 win takes Wakefield four points clear of ninth-placed Catalans Dragons with five games of the regular season to go.

In contrast, Vikings have lost all three games under interim coach Francis Cummins and look destined for an end-of-season relegation battle for a second year running.

This latest loss meant the club surpassed their previous worst run of defeats in the 1950/51 season.

The game had previously been played on March 17, but was abandoned after 26 minutes due to a snow storm.

Liam Finn's early penalty separated the sides when referee Liam Moore called a premature halt to proceedings.

The only danger to the players this time was the heat, with water breaks the order of the afternoon.

Widnes certainly wilted in pursuit of just a fourth league win of the year as Chris Chester's side took a giant stride towards sealing the points courtesy of a four-try first-half performance.

The game did not start well with Danny Kirmond hobbling off inside two minutes.

Trinity also lost their other second row forward, Matty Ashurst, to a concussion assessment before taking control with three tries in nine minutes.

Winger Tom Johnstone showed his future England credentials with a brilliant 70-metre effort to open the scoring.

James Batchelor missed the conversion, but then added the extras to his team's remaining scores in the opening period from Ben Jones-Bishop, his 13th in Super League, Tupou and six minutes from the interval by Lyne.

Tupou grabbed his second touchdown of an increasingly one-sided contest within three minutes of the re-start.

Widnes, who have not won in the league since beating Salford on March 22, prevented a whitewash with Stefan Marsh's 48th-minute touchdown.

But any semblance of a visitors' recovery was quickly dashed as loose forward Batchelor touched down on his way to a match tally of 14 points after 56 minutes.

Trinity were grateful for the points cushion as Widnes at least showed spirit by registering 12 unanswered points.

Danny Walker and Alex Gerrard crossed the home line, with Gilmore adding both conversions to make it 32-16 with 13 minutes remaining.

But Tinirau Arona ensured victory with his team's seventh try 10 minutes from time, while Lyne completed the rout after 77 minutes.

In between, winger Ryan Ince touched down for the Vikings, who scored all their points in the second 40 minutes.

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