Obst does big job for Trinity as Rovers return to earth

Wakefield Trinity 24 Hull KR 10

Sam Obst, the smallest player on the field, was the big difference between two sides who showed little of the form that has made them the over-achievers of the Super League season. The Wakefield hooker scored a try, made two more and kicked the first penalty of his career in an outstanding display He was kicking, however, in place of Danny Brough, whose hip injury will be Wakefield's major worry going into the play-offs.

Rovers, who are bidding for third place, have a number of concerns after this messy affair. Shaun Briscoe and Ben Galea both went off with injuries and Stanley Gene and Scott Wheeldon went on report for suspected high tackles.

"It wasn't a good day for us," said their coach, Justin Morgan. "But we've been in good form of late and we'll get that back next week."

Wakefield, who have a strong chance of finishing fifth, were the more convincing side from the start and they took the lead after three minutes, when the first of Obst's crafty kicks got away from Kris Welham to allow Dale Ferguson to swoop.

The Robins equalised when Clint Newton was credited by the video referee with twisting his way over the line and they would have been ahead if Peter Fox had not knocked-on with the line open. They never regained the initiative. A lost ball from Gene put them under pressure again, and Obst satisfied the video referee that he had reached the line despite Gene's desperate attempt to make amends.

Rovers began the second half ineptly, Ben Fisher fumbling at the play-the-ball. Matt Blaymire picked up and got his pass away to Richard Moore, whose strength took him over.

There was a brief hint of a Rovers revival when Fox got out of Jason Demetriou's tackle and rolled over the line. It was Obst, however, who edged the Wildcats further ahead with his penalty and he then applied the killer blow with another precise kick that fell perfectly for Aaron Murphy to score the clinching try.

Wakefield will now play their neighbours, Castleford, or the Catalans Dragons in the first round of the play-offs – at the start of the season, many tipped them for the bottom three.

"I'm really happy with what we've done tonight," said their coach, John Kear, who knows that they can play much better – and probably will do.

Super League's bottom club, the Celtic Crusaders, will not retain John Dixon as coach. The news heightens expectations that the Australian will be replaced by Wigan's Brian Noble.

Wakefield: Blaymire; Morton, Demetriou, Atkins, Murphy; Grix, Brough; Stosic, Obst, Korkidas, Wilkes, Henderson, Ferguson. Substitutes used: Winterstein, Leo-Latu Moore, Bibb.

Hull KR: Briscoe; Colbon, Walker, Welham, Fox; Cooke, Dobson; Vella, Fisher, Wheeldon, Newton, Galea, I'Anson. Substitutes used: Fisher, Gene, Netherton, Lovegrove.

Referee: S Ganson (St Helens).

Sport
Super BowlAfter Katy Perry madness it's back to The Independent's live coverage of Super Bowl 49!
News
See what Twitter had to say about the first half of the Super Bowl
News
people
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch