The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats claimed their first home win of the season this afternoon and put a whopping 52 points past the visiting London side at a very bright and sunny Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The home side were the first on the scoreboard with an early try after just 4 minutes. Chris Dean demonstrated unselfish play with a clean break and a left pass to Tommy Lee who dived over the line and added the first 4 points. Griffin converted leaving the scores at 6-0.
After two close attempts the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats got their second try of the match after 17 minutes with Club Captain Glenn Morrison charging over the line. An unsuccessful conversion left the Wakefield side leading by 10 points to nil.
The Wildcats continued to dominate possession and three home side tries were to soon follow. Frankie Mariano showcased his speed and made a great run from the 50 metre line. A smart pass to Stuart Howarth sent the loose forward flying over the line, Griffin added the extras and the scores stood at 16-0. Shortly after, Griffin made another spectacular break, Ben Jeffries then passed it out wide to Morrison, a clever inside pass to Griffin allowed the strong winger to cross over the whitewash. The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats carried on their good run with a chip and chase from Tommy Lee, the ball was collected into the hands of Luke George and another Wakefield try was added onto the score board. With Griffin adding the extras with the boot the scores stood at an impressive 26 points to nil.
Harlequins got their first points of the game 34 minutes into the first half. Loose Forward Chris Bailey scored their only try of the first match and a successful conversion meant the score was 26-6 to the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as the half time hooter blew.
The Wildcats wasted no time and continued their scoring frenzy with a great try from Ben Jeffries after just 3 minutes into the second half. Griffin converted extending the Wakefield lead to 32 points to 6.
Harlequins upped their game and with 3 consecutive tries from O’Callaghan, Purdham and Melling respectively the gap was tightened with the Wildcats lead shortened to 10 points, 32-22.
A string of dangerous tackles from the visiting side resulted in a Harlequins player being sin binned. The Wildcats made the most of the London side being reduced to 12 men and scored 8 points in the next 10 minutes. Chris Dean powered over the line and Griffin continued his good run and slotted the ball between the posts. A Wakefield penalty came shortly afterwards and with the team deciding to take the 2, the score board stood at 40-22 in Wakefield’s favour.
The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats were well and truly on a roll. After an impressive run Glenn Morrison passed to Luke George, who then passed inside to Ben Jeffries who ran straight under the sticks and made his second touchdown of the game. Griffin added the extra 2 and the Wildcats lead by 46 to 22.
The Harlequins responded well to the string of Wildcats tries with two quick touchdowns of their own, the scores now stood at 46-32.
With only five minutes left of the game the Wakefield boys were determined to reach the 50 mark. After being held up with 4 minutes to go the Wildcats scored the final try of the game. New signing Tyrone McCarthy made a smart pass to powerful prop Paul Johnson that sent him charging over the line. Griffin ended on a high and added the extras leaving the full time score at an impressive 52 points to 32 to the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Both sides put in solid, determined performances but the home side were the ones to be leaving with a well earned 2 points.
The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats take on Saint Helens next Friday at the Stobart Stadium. Purchase your tickets from The Wildcats Superstore and support them in what will hopefully be another Wakefield victory.
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