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Home / 25.02.2012 / 19:45 / The Rapid Solicitors Stadium
A dominant second half showing from the Bulls saw them claim the spoils in a turgid West Yorkshire derby.
Ben Cockayne, Steve Southern, Danny Kirmond and Richard Mathers all got over for the home side whose indiscipline proved costly in a second half in which they never really got out of the blocks.
Richard Agar wrote in his programme notes that the Wildcats would need to get out of the blocks quickly and they did just that when Cockayne went in on the first set of the game.
After shifting the ball left and creating a couple of openings Isaac John weighted a kick perfectly into the left hand corner and the winger chased hard to get to the ball first and open the scoring.
A response from the Bulls wasn’t long in coming and it was another kick that created the try.
Sammut this time chipped a kick that Lulia won the jump for to get over the whitewash and Sammut tagged on the extras to give the Bulls the lead.
If that raised the spirits of Mick Potter then the three successive penalties that resulted in Danny Washbrook firing an inside ball to Southern for the skipper to score would have infuriated the Bulls supremo.
The match then descended into an arm wrestle, the Wildcats looking a little rusty and underdone after their enforced break last weekend and the Bulls a team appearing low on confidence after a battering from Wigan last time out.
It was the home side looking the more creative but their endeavour cost them a breakaway score as Whitehead read John’s inside ball to gather and race forty metres under the sticks to take the Bulls into the interval ahead.
Wakefield began brightly again as the game restarted and a show of sheer strength and determination from Kirmond saw him shrug off the Bulls defence to get over the line.
The Wildcats needed to use that as a springboard to make the most of the Bulls low confidence but poor discipline gave the visitors the chance to assert their own authority on the game.
Brett Kearney got the decision from the video referee to put the Bulls in the lead once more before Ben Jeffries took control.
The former Wakefield man was given far too much time to measure two kicks which resulted in tries for Whitehead and added to the frustrations of the men in red, white and blue.
Kearney was the beneficiary as Kirmond slipped off a tackle and although Mathers got in for a late consolation, it was a disappointing night in front of the Sky camera’s for the Wildcats.
Wakefield: Mathers; Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne; John, Smith; Wilkes, Aiton, Southern, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook.
Replacements: Wood, Raleigh, Johnson, Trout.
Bradford: Kearney; Kear, Platt, Lulia, Crookes; Sammut, Jeffries; Kopczak, Diskin, Hargreaves, Bateman, Whitehead, Langley.
Replacements: L’Estrange, Scruton, Joseph, Burgess.
Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).