Wakefield coach Chris Chester hailed the performance of centre Bill Tupou following a convincing 36-8 victory over Widnes.
Tupou was in sensational form for Trinity as he showed tremendous pace to score two tries, creating two others for winger Mason Caton-Brown, and he was a constant thorn in the Vikings defence. As well as Tupou’s and Caton-Brown’s scores Wakefield claimed other tries through Sam Williams and Tinirau Arona, with Liam Finn landing six goals in a comfortable victory which takes them into the top four of the Betfred Super League.
Chester said: “Bill has been outstanding all season and he carried the ball very well again, he defended well and was a real handful throughout. I thought the whole forward pack put in a fantastic effort and the two halves controlled the game for us. We were on the front foot and very dominant for 70 minutes out of the 80 after that first 10 minutes when we looked as though we had the pitch on our mind.
“I’m really pleased and proud of the efforts over 22 rounds and it’s all been about attitude, effort and desire and we had a hell of a lot of desire. We scored some really fancy tries but what pleased me and the rest of the staff was keeping them scoreless in the second half.
“We kept turning up for each other and came up with some excellent defence on our own try line. We are peaking at the right time and we can hopefully take that confidence through to the Super 8s competition.”
He added: “If we get a result next week against St Helens it will mean four home fixtures which will be massive for us.”