A brave second-half fight-back wasn’t enough for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in their First Utility Super League opener at Salford Red Devils,
It truly was a game of two halves as the Devils went into the break 18-0 up but Trinity bossed the second period, only for the hosts to hang on and edge the game 18-14.
Kick-off was delayed for 10 minutes to allow fans to get into the ground and bolster the attendance of 7,102.
The new-look Salford side got off to a blinding start and they took an early lead when Rangi Chase’s kick was grounded by Gareth Hock.
Jake Mullaney added the goal and the hosts continued to pile on the pressure as they looked to build on their lead.
There were brief signs that Wakefield may be getting back in the game but they conceded again just before the half-hour when Harrison Hanson powered over. Mullaney added the extras to make it 12-0.
The rampant Devils extended their advantage four minutes later, Andrew Dixon crossing for a Mullaney-improved score that made the half-time score 18-0 to the hosts.
Trinity made a great start to the second period however, Pita Godinet putting through fellow new signing Matty Ryan for an unconverted try one minute after the break.
Five minutes later and Wildcats were well and truly back in the game, Godinet intercepting to race away and score his own debut try, converted by Sykes, that made it 18-10.
Wakefield were now in the ascendancy and they cut the deficit to just four on the hour when Ali Lauitiiti powered over, Sykes failing with the touchline conversion.
The visitors continued to peg the Devils back but the hosts held on to take the points.
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