Jowitt makes Max-imum impact in new Wakefield Trinity role

A try, three goals and man of the match performance was an impressive return for Wakefield Trinity’s Max Jowitt in his first game at stand-off.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 5:00 pm

Jowitt, normally a full-back, was pressed into action in the halves when Trinity won 22-12 at Salford on Sunday.

“I haven’t played there before in a Super League game,” Jowitt confirmed.

“I’ve played reserves there a bit and I played there in the second half against Huddersfield in a pre-season friendly, but apart from that no.

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“There’s a bit more tackling, compared to full-back.

“It is a bit more intense, but I really enjoyed it.”

Jowitt was Jacob Miller’s third half-back partner in only four games this year.

Danny Brough played alongside the captain in Trinity’s Betfred Super League round one defeat at Hull KR, but suffered a knee injury.

Jacob Miller. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Ryan Hampshire moved up from full-back - making way for Jowitt to come into the team - for the next two matches, but was sidelined by a broken jaw suffered against Castleford Tigers.

Brough is now back in training and could come into contention for Friday’s visit of Hull, but Jowitt is likely to continue in the role if the veteran doesn’t pull through.

“Milky controls the game really well,” Jowitt said. “I let him control the game and played on the back of him.

“It was a bit scrappy at times, but it doesn’t really matter as long as we get the win.”

Jowitt backed up a break by Reece Lyne to cross for Trinity’s first try against Salford.

He recalled: “It was a good run from Kyle Wood, Reece pushed on him and I pushed on Reece.

“He gave a good pass and it was a bit of a walk-in, but it was a good all-round performance.”

Wakefield have won two out of four in Super League and Jowitt described the season so far as “a bit up and down”.

He said: “I think we have been playing really well, but in the second half at Cas we came out and we were a bit flat.

“Our discipline hasn’t been the best, but we showed [on Sunday] we are capable of beating anyone on our day. I think we are a team that’s looking to go on a bit of a run now, instead of a win and a loss. We need to get some confidence in our game and go on and do that.”

Salford hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Wakefield, so they will take confidence into Friday’s game.

“They are a good side,” Jowitt said of Salford. “There’s a reason they went to the Grand Final last year so we were delighted to come away with the two points and push our way up the table.”

Salford scored first in both halves, but Trinity hit back quickly and Jowitt added: “I think that shows the spirit in the team. A couple of years ago we could have put our heads down and sulked and they could have scored a few more tries, but we got back on to it and showed how good a team we are and how tight we are.”

Wakefield are level on points with Hull, making this week’s a big game. Jowitt noted: “It’s a short turnaround and Hull are a top-class team. We need to fix up and recover well and have a good week’s training and hopefully we’ll get another win.”

Jowitt suffered a “knock” to an ankle at Salford, but expects to be available for the game this week.