The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats fell to a disappointing defeat this afternoon at The Twickenham Stoop and allowed Harlequins to claim their first vicory in 12 games.
The home side were the first to get the points on the board with a try and conversion from Luke Gale, who was to score a total of 16 points throughout the game. Despite the Wildcats best efforts, Harlequins applied the pressure and further extended their lead.
Two quick tries, from Bailey and Gale respectively, put the London side further in front and the scores soon stood at 18 points to nil. A shuddering hit from Hickey boosted the Wildcats pack, but with half time drawing closer, Wakefield were yet to get off the mark.
Another Harlequins try from Tony Clubb and a succesful conversion from Gale left the scores at 24-0. The Wakefied Wildcats responded well with a try fom Dale Morton after great build up work from Jeremy Smith. With Moore’s kick drifting slightly wide, the scores stood at 24-4 as the half time hooter blew.
Despite a strong start to the second half by the determined Wildcats, a Quins penalty was given resulting in a try from Chris Melling. An unsuccesful conversion meant the score was 28-4 in the home side’s favour.
The Wildcats were then left down to 12 men after the sin binning of Jeremy Smith. Despite the lack in numbers, hooker Julien Rinaldi made a very close attempt on crossing over and then minutes later succesfully claimed a touch down after capitalising on a Harlequins dropped ball. Moore converted and The Wildcats were on the comeback at 28 points to 10.
The Wakefield side upped their defence and succesfully stopped two London men on the charge and prevented a further set of points being added to the board. However, Chad Randall found his way through and O’Callaghan went over shortly afterwards. The home side now lead 40-10.
The Wildcats responded well and showed determination to close the gap in the final few minutes. Aussie prop Jarrad Hickey powered over the line and Moore succesfully sent the ball between the sticks. Paul Johnson scored another try as the final hooter blew and with Moore adding the extras the final score stood at 40 points to 22.
Despite the Wildcats late comeback, it was The Harlequins side that left with the two points.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.