Wildcats shut out Crusaders in seven-try super show

posted on 28 June 2010

Wildcats head coach John Kear praised his side for enduring a near six-hour journey from West Yorkshire to North Wales and then producing a blistering performance to gain revenge for their defeat by the Welsh side at Belle Vue in April by Engage Super League rivals Crusaders.

Trinity grabbed seven tries and shut-out the Welshmen 41-0, with wing Damien Blanch getting two late touchdowns.

It was Wakefield’s first league victory in four weeks since hammering Harlequins at Belle Vue by half-a-century of points.

And it puts them within touching distance of a top eight play-off spot.

Kear recalled the dreadful journey, which saw the match delayed from its 6pm start until 8pm following an incident on the M62 motorway where police closed the road.

Kear said: “We just got gridlocked. It took us five hours and three quarters from Wakefield to here.”

And the Trinity boss expected to catch the Crusaders on the rebound after they scored a shock victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

“I have to applaud the players who turned in a very good performance. When you play Leeds at Headingley, it drains you emotionally and we sensed we might catch Crusaders after that.

“We analysed them and we took advantage of that emotional drainage.

“The points on the league ladder are very important at this time of year. Castleford beat Bradford and that brings them into the mix and it is very interesting for seventh and eighth spot.”

Crusaders coach Brian Noble admitted that his side may have been a bit flat following their huge effort at Headingley.

He said: “Wakefield seized the opportunity to produce something out of a little bit of adversity and we didn’t.

“We were a completely different team to watch than in the last couple of weeks and that is the frustrating part for us.

“We didn’t kick well and didn’t bend our backs as we did in other matches. We are a bit broken and playing a very good team (Warrington) next week so there is a lot to be asked of us.

“I just know one thing. We have had a little bit of certainty over the last couple of weeks and we have been brought down to earth again in that the way to win football games is to apply ourselves and, in fairness, I don’t think we did today.

“I wanted the game at 12.30pm today so it has been a thoroughly bad day all around for us English people.

“There is an element of after the Lord Mayor’s Show with this team. We have played well and then not backed it up. Tonight, we could have played for another hour and not broken their line but I know it is fixable.”

The Wildcat tries came fromBen Jeffries, Daryl Millard, Jason Demetriou, Charlie Leaeno, Paul Johnson, and Damien Blanch (20 while Paul cooke landed six goals from seven attempts. Ben Jeffies also added adrop goal.

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