The Wakefield Wildcats took on the Bradford Bulls this afternoon at a very cold Grattan Stadium, in what ended in a 40 – 16 defeat.
Both sides fielded strong squads and were fiercely competitive and determined throughout. New Bradford signing Patrick Ah Van scored 16 points for the Bulls but it was young forward Elliot Whitehead that recieved their man of the match award.
Bradford got the first set of points on the score board with a try from Heath L’estrange in the 15th minute. With a succesful conversion from Marc Herbert the Bulls lead by 6 points. A second try followed 7 minutes later with Brett Kearney darting over the whitewash, Ah Van converted.
The Wildcats responded well with Luke George collecting a chip from Kieran Hyde and touching down just before half time. With an unsuccesful conversion the score was left at 12 – 4 before the break.
The second half began with two quick Bradford tries, an offload from Shad Royston allowed Patrick Ah Van to cross the line and an offload from Ian Sibbitt 4 minutes later allowed Oliver Elima to score his first try for the Bulls. Ah Van succesfully converted both taking the score to 24 – 4.
Bradford continued their run with a charge down from Nick Scruton providing a try and conversion for Ah Van. Wildcats fought back immediately with impressive prop forward Paul Johnson making a clean break 3 minutes later and touching down. Veivers delivered a succesful conversion leaving the score at 30 points to 10.
Two Bradford tries followed from Michael Platt and Paul Sykes, with Kyle Briggs converting the latter. Wakefield were on the charge again, responding with a spectacular 60 metre interception try from Luke George. Josh Veivers added the final points leaving the score at 40 points to 16 at full time.
With no more pre-season friendlies, The Wildcats are geared up and ready for the start of Super League XVI. Wakefield take on local rivals Castleford Tigers at The Magic Weekend in Cardiff in what will be an unmissable start to the season. Call The Wildcats Superstore on 0844 4140665 for ticket information or simply call in to The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
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