Wakefield Wildcats 18 Bradford Bulls 40
Wakefield Wildcats lost out to the Bradford Bulls this afternoon at a bright and sunny Odsal Stadium.
It was The Wildcats that were the first to get the points on the board with a try after just five minutes. Powerful Mariano found a gap in the Bradford defence and charged over the line. With a successful conversion from Veivers, the Wildcats were in front by 6 points to nil.
Bradford responded five minutes later with a try of their own from young Tom Olbison. The boot added the extras, leaving the scores even at six a piece. Wakefield upped their defence and fought hard on the Bradford try line to keep the Bulls out for two sets of six. However after 23 minutes Royston crossed the whitewash for the Bulls, Wakefield 6, Bradford 12.
Wildcats produced some great attacking play and despite their best efforts Skipper, Glenn Morrison, had a try disallowed in the 28th minute. Two quick Bradford tries were to follow, both from Craig Kopczack, leaving the score board standing at 24 points to 6 at half time.
The Wildcats half time team talk brought the team back out fighting. The Wildcats claimed the majority of possession at the start of the second half and with the ball remaining predominantly in the Wakefield half, the boys attacked the try line but had two tries disallowed for being held up in just three minutes.
Despite the Wildcats best efforts, Bradford were the first to score in the second half with Royston’s second try in the 61st minute. Wakefield responded with a spectacular try four minutes later. Debutant Josh Griffin collected a kick and ran the length of the pitch before getting tackled just before the try line. Luke George put the finishing touches to the good work and crossed the line in the 65th minute. Veivers added the extras leaving the score at 30 points to 12.
Two Bradford tries followed from Shaun Ainscough and Craig Kopczak respectively. It was however the Wildcats who added the final points with a kick through in the final minute of the game leading to Kieran Hyde scoring a final try 10 seconds prior to the final whistle. Veivers maintained his 100% record and added the 2 points. The full time score was Bradford Bulls 40, Wakefield Wildcats 18.
The Wildcats take on the Warrington Wolves on Friday 11th March at 8pm at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
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