Johnstone hat-trick continues Wakefield resurgence, Catalans beat Widnes


Tom Johnstone scored a hat-trick as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats maintained their recent upturn in form by beating Salford Red Devils 32-18 at Belle Vue.

Johnstone took his tally to five tries in his last three Super League outings as Wakefield picked up a third successive victory, with new head coach Chris Chester's brilliant start continuing.

The Wildcats were 12 points ahead inside 12 minutes with Jacob Miller and Michael Sio crossing the whitewash in an electric opening to the match.

Gareth O'Brien and Matt Sarsfield pulled Salford level, but Johnstone claimed Miller's high kick to go over in the corner and ensure Wakefield went into the interval ahead.

Johnstone added his second eight minutes after the restart and, after Justin Carney touched down for Salford, Reece Lyne ran in a try before Johnstone completed his hat-trick

Catalans Dragons were forced to work hard for a 21-8 win over Widnes Vikings at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Pat Richards went over in the corner early on for the only try of the first half, while Rhys Hanbury missed a penalty for Widnes on the stroke of half-time following a prolonged spell of pressure.

Vincent Duport extended Catalans' lead but Corey Thompson crossed the whitewash for the 11th time this season and Hanbury added a penalty to tie the match at 8-8 with just over 20 minutes remaining.

But Dave Taylor powered across the line and Thomas Bosc added a drop goal to make it a two-score game, before Eloi Pelissier snuck through to consign the Vikings to a third straight loss.