The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats claimed an exciting vital victory against The Bradford Bulls this evening at the final game of the season at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The win for The Wildcats has lifted the side from bottom spot in the table, a position they have never yet finished, and sees Crusaders take the fourteenth position.
The game began well for the home side with the Wildcats making the first touch down of the game with a powering try from Paul Johnson. After a number of impressive, defensive sets,Wakefield kept the Bulls out and responded with a try of their own. Julien Rinaldi made a fantastic break and supplied Paul Johnson with a smart pass that sent the strong forward over. After a successful conversion from Josh Veivers the score board soon stood at 6 points to nil.
More great defence followed from Wakefield, keeping the rampant Bulls out on a number of occasions. After a string of smart play in attack, Motu Tony made a darting break taking the ball to the 20 metre line. Ryan Tongia then completed the set and extended Wakefield’s lead to 10 points to nil. An unsuccessful conversion took the scores to 10-0.
Bradford responded with tries from Kyle Briggs and Shaun Ainscough that shortened the gap to 10-8. Wakefield upped their tempo and just one minute before the half time hooter Michael Korkidas charged over the whitewash taking the scores to 16-8 in the home sides favour.
The second half remained try-less for the first 10 minutes with a number of close attempts from Bradford squandered due to strong Wildcats defence. A number of strong runs and charges from the home team kept them in possession and ever closer to the line.
Two disallowed tries were to follow for the Wakefield side, but Tommy Lee soon touched down with no questions asked. After an impressive tackle bust, the scrum half darted through the Bradford defence and found the line. The scores now stood at 22 points to 8 after a successful conversion.
After a handling error from The Wildcats the boys upped their focus and demonstrated some vicious, determined plays. The Bulls however were the next to get points on the board with a try from Shad Royston. With only ten minutes remaining the Wildcats held on to their 22-14 lead with a very tight grasp.
To settle the nerves of the whole 6500 strong crowd, French hooker Julien Rinaldi scored in the final two minutes, making his last game for Wakefield a very memorable one! As another great touch to end the season, prop forward Michael Korkidas took the kick and sadly booted the ball out wide.
The full time hooter blew at 26 points to 14 and lifted the Wildcats from bottom spot on the table and ended the 2011 season on a high for all the players, fans and importantly, John Kear on his final game for Wakefield.
It has been an incredibly memorable season with so many highs and lows. We look forward to seeing you all for Super League XVII when it really will be the start of something new!
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