Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ newly-instituted Media Partnership with Wakefield College continued last Saturday when three junior reporters, including the first female writer Rebecca Rogers, covered our Reserve team game against Harlequins RL at the Hearwell Stadium. The Wildcats enjoyed a resounding 50-6 and here we publish all three reports of the game. Well done students, another great effort.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Reserves 50, Harlequins Reserves 6.
By Rebecca Rogers
The disappointing defeat last week against Bradford Bulls had put Wakefield on a down and with the Harlequins eager for a first win of the season the Wildcats knew they had a match on their hands.
Also with both first team head coaches watching this was a chance for the players to make their performances noticed.
The game got off to a good start for Wakefield when they scored an early try from Sam Scott, which was converted by Matt Wildie after just four minutes.
After Wakefield’s second try by Karl Olstrom, Harlequins had a good spell and cracks began to appear in Wakefield defence. It looked like Wakefield had strengthened their position in the 24th minute when Matt Fox found a gap in the Harlequins defence and sprinted half the length of the pitch. Unfortunately he failed to touch down dropping the ball when grounding.
Fox later redeemed himself when he set up the next Wildcats try by kicking the ball through to Sam Scott who scored his second. The conversion made it 16-0. Another chance for the wildcats occurred when left wing player Karl Olstrom ran from his own 40 metre line to touch down but a forward pass denied the try.
In the 33rd minute Wakefield’s Tom Harrington scored again but the missed conversion restricted the lead to 20 points.
The Wakefield Wildcats strong defence prevented the Harlequins from coming within the 20 metre line for the almost all the first half. Wakefield had about 70 per cent of the possession meaning the Harlequins were having to make many more tackles, draining their energy.
Joel Gibson scored a further try for Wakefield which he converted giving them a 26-0 half time lead. However bearing in mind last week’s turnaround when Bradford came from a 26-6 halftime deficit to win, a Wildcats win could not be taken for granted.
The first serious Harlequin attack came in the first couple of minutes of the second half when they finally broke through into the 20 metre zone. The chance didn’t last long as a penalty was given to the Wildcats for a bad tackle. Then another potential try for Wakefield was missed due to another mistake.
In the 52nd minute of the game Wakefield were building up significant pressure on the Harlequins team and found a breakthrough with Dale Morton bursting through the line to score a well worked try. After another successful conversion by Joel Gibson the Wildcats went onto score another try from Luke Pettman.
In 61st minute the Harlequins finally found a gap in the Wakefield defence and managed to score their only try of the game which Luke May converted.
Wakefield Wildcats continued to push forward and were rewarded with a further two tries, one from Danny Cowling and another for Karl Olstrum with a superb run.
Wakefield Wildcats played well right through to the last minute. This was evident when they scored another great try as Dale Morton complete the rout.
Wakefield showed their dominance with their greater size easily overpowering the Harlequins. The 50-6 victory was well deserved as Wakefield showed greater composure with the ball.
Wildcats: Kieran Hyde, Dale Morton, Danny Lawton, Danny Cowling, Karl Olstrum, Matt Fox, Joel Gibson, Kyle Trout, Matt Wildie, Luke Pettman, Adam Slater, Sam Scott, Chris Annekin, Cayci Pearson, Tom Harrington, Tom Henderson, Lee Brickwood
Harlequins: Wesley Newton, Omara Caro, Joe Ridley, James Newman, Luke may, James Anthony, Sam Borger, Ben Jones, Max Edwards, Rob Thomas, Dom Stock, Dave Madigan, Olsi Kragnisi, Callum McCormack, Guy Aldam, Ceran Pascal, Louis Robinson
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Reserves 50 ,Harlequins 6
By Joe Warnes
The Wildcats Reserves were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat by West Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls and with Harlequins yet to register a victory this season Tony Drury’s men put on an impressive performance.
The Reserves were keen to catch the eye of Wildcats Head Coach John Kear who was looking for any up coming talent to add to his first team squad. The summer weather conditions were very testing for the Wildcats as temperatures reached a scorching 27 C.
Parallel to last week’s performance Wakefield got off to a fast start putting points on the scoreboard in the early minutes. Matt Wildie, the captain, skipped passed three players before off loading off to Sam Scott who was clear to the try line. Wildie’s conversion from just to the right of the posts was successful ensuring that Wakefield led 6-0 after four minutes.
In the eighth minute Karl Olstrom was rewarded with a try after running on to a kick and taking on a player before touching down far left of the field. Unfortunately the conversion was missed from a tough angle. But Wildcats built their lead to 10-0 inside ten minutes.
Wakefield made ground quickly on the ball while holding a strong line of defence off the ball. At this stage in the game Wakefield were confident team and not making any serious mistakes.
In the 23rd minute Matt Fox took a forceful sprint from the half way to the try line evading tackles by the Harlequins defence. However, after the impressive run the ball was dropped in the grounding.
After more possession from Wakefield inside the 20 metre area Fox assisted a second try for Sam Scott four minutes later kicking a through ball for Scott to receive to the right of the posts. Matt Wildie completed the kick to give the reserves to a 16-0 lead.
A well played sequence from Wildie, Gibson, Harrington and Olstrom saw the Wildcats grounding again, however, the ‘try’ was disqualified. The touch judge intervened ruling that there had been a forward pass wide left of the pitch. Ten minutes of the first half remained at this point.
Tom Harrington broke two tackles from the half way to score a try on the left of the pitch. This took Wakefield to a 20-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Two minutes later Harrington was involved in further play passing the ball to Joel Gibson to score a try after energetic directional movement from the Wildcats. A good conversion from Gibson was successful to take Wakefield in to half time at 26-0.
In the first half Harlequins haven’t pushed inside Wakefield’s 20 metre area failing to discover any scoring opportunities. The constant attack from Wakefield was causing obvious effects on the Harlequins defence forcing errors and tiredness in the humidity of the weather.
In the 42nd Harlequins did reach the attacking area, however, good defending erases the threat of losing the unanswered score of the opposition.
Three minutes later Karl Olstrom failed to touch down properly in the grounding ensuring Wakefield makes it three failed chances to widen the gap between the teams.
Further good defending and ground made from the Wildcats forced another error from the Harlequins defence. Dale Morton, with first team experience, scored a try after running centrally under the posts from far right of the field. The central conversion was scored by Joel Gibson taking the score to 32-0 in the 53rd minute.
In the 57th minute Luke Pettman found the gap to the try line after a well-worked game play from left to right of the pitch. The wide angle of the kick saw the conversion missed but the Reserves took a 34-0 lead.
After 60 minutes the Harlequins tested Wakefield’s defence as Max Edwards took the opportunity to score the try after the 18th tackle in possession. With 20 minutes to play and at 34-6 Wildcats weren’t discouraged by last week’s disappointing defeat by the Bulls.
In the 74th minute Chris Annekin forced Wakefield forward 40 metres making ground for Danny Cowling to score the try moments later far left. A good kick from Wildie saw Wildcats 42-6 with five minutes remaining.
Olstrom scored his second try of the game in the bottom left corner in the 79th minute, to give the team a 40-point lead.
Quick passing from Adam Slater, Danny Lawton, and Dale Morton resulted in a Morton try wide out on the right. The conversion hit the post and that ended the game with Wakefield winning 50-6.
After the match Tony Drury the team coach commented that the Wildcats had completed their sets of tackles and played with composure when taking the ball forward. He had selected a mobile team to deal with the heat conditions and had planned to move the ball about across the field which was achieved in the game resulting in the win.
This very successful game for the reserves and will have opened the eye of the club’s head coach John Kear who was at the game.
Wakefield pushed forward with speed gaining ground while maintaining a strong defence leading to the well earned 50-6 victory.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Hyde; Morton, Lawton, Cowling, Olstrum; Fox, Gibson; Trout, Wildie, Pettman, Slater, Scott, Annekin. Subs: Pearson, Harrington, Henderson, Brickwood.
Harlequins team: Newton, Caro, Ridley, Newman, May, Anthony, Borger, Jones, Edwards, Thomas, Stock, Madigan, Krangnisi. Subs: McCormack, Aldam, Pascal, Robinson.
Referee: Bob Everett (Hull).
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Reserves 50, Harlequins RL Reserves 6
By Adam Land
The Wildcats recovered from their previous week’s mistakes by beating Harlequins in great style. The speed of the Wildcats play and the sheer difference in the size of the players allowed Wakefield to score 50 points.
The half time score was 26-0 to the Wildcats and a few people in the stadium were predicting a repeat of the previous week when Bradford Bulls came back from a 26-6 interval deficit to win the game. But Wildcats Reserves head coach Tony Drury said that he had ensured that his players would not make the same mistake twice in a row.
It took Harlequins 42 minutes to just get the ball into the Wildcats 20 metre zone. Harlequins are still looking for their first win this season and with performances like this, they will struggle to find it.
With Wildcats Head Coach John Kear in the crowd, possibly looking for hot prospects to bring into the first team, the Wildcats were out to impress. Individuals such as Kieran Hyde, Mattie Wildie and Joel Gibson all had very good games. The Wildcats scored nine tries in the match, had three tries disallowed and made two vital mistakes in the in-goal area. The score line could have been much more severe for the Harlequins on another day.
The Wildcats started the game in great fashion, Mattie Wildie broke through two Harlequin tackles to pass to Sam Scott who scored in the third minute. Wildie converted the try to make the score 6-0.
They then added to their lead on the eighth minute when Wildie chipped a grubber kick through the Harlequins defence which was latched onto by Karl Olstrom who scored in the corner. Olstrom attempted to convert his own try but missed.
Errors with ball carrying ensured that Harlequins were constantly on the back foot, having barely any possession in the first half. They paid for these errors in play when Matt Fox, who had just dropped the ball in the in-goal area, delivered a great kick through to allow Sam Scott to score his second try of the match in the 27th minute. Wildie’s conversion made the score 16-0.
Wakefield then had two disallowed tries after some great passing which included an unfortunate forward pass, which was spotted by the referee. However, they added to their lead again in the 33rd minute. Tom Harrington made a great run from his own 40m line, dummied two Harlequin defenders and scored to the right of the posts. Wildie’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
The speed of the Wildcats play was proving too much for Harlequins to handle and this showed again in the 36th minute, when a great passing move was finished off by Joel Gibson, who went on to convert his own try.
Wakefield dominated possession until the half time whistle and the half time score was 26-0 to the Wildcats.
When the second half began, Harlequins came out looking like a completely different team. They managed to push up the field and caused problems for the Wildcats defence. However the Wildcats were still in the driving seat, having a potential try disallowed in the 45th minute due to the incorrect grounding of the ball.
Seven minutes later Wakefield added to their lead when Dale Morton, the only player in the team with regular first team experience, caught a chip kick and completely fooled Wesley Newton to score under the sticks. Joel Gibson added the two points to make the score 32-0.
Wakefield were looking like they were going to prevent the Harlequins from scoring, as their defence was really effective and keeping the Harlequins at bay when they had tackles from 10 metres out.
Wakefield scored again in the 57th minute. Luke Pettman’s awesome run took him passed three players and he ran 15m to touch down in the in-goal area. Joel Gibson missed the conversion.
On the 61st minute Harlequins scored their first points, with what was an unavoidable try. Their third set of six tackles close to the Wakefield line ensured tiring the Wildcat defence wilted, and Max Edwards was able to sneak under the Wildcat marker to score a try under the sticks. The try was converted by Luke May to make the score 36-6.
Wakefield all but confirmed their victory, scoring tries on the 73rd and 78th minutes by Danny Cowling and Karl Olstrom respectively. It was Olstrom’s second try of the game. Mattie Wildie converted the first try but missed the second Wildcats led 46-6 with just two minutes left on the clock.
In the last minute of the game Wakefield scored again. Dale Morton collecting his second try of the match out wide. The conversion attempt hit the post and bounced out, making the full time score 50-6 to the Wildcats.
After the match Tony Drury said that his team had shown more composure on the ball and had learned from their mistakes against Bradford Bulls. He also said that John Kear noticed a few individuals that had showed great potential.
Wildcats: Hyde, Morton, Lawton, Cowling, Olstrum, Fox, Gibson, Trout, Wildie, Pettman, Slater, Scott, Annekin, Pearson, Harrington, Henderson, Brickwood
Harlequins: Newton, Caro, Ridley, Newman, May, Anthony, Borger, Jones, Edwards, Thomas, Stock, Madigan, Kragnisi, McCormack, Aldam, Pascal, Robinson
Half time: 26-0
Referee: Bob Everett (Hull).