FULL-TIME: WOLVES 32-30 WILDCATS

posted on 18 March 2012

A monumental effort from the Wildcats at Warrington ultimately went unrewarded as they suffered a slender defeat.

The Wildcats put in a monumental effort against the Wolves.

Vince Mellars’ late try gave Isaac John the opportunity to earn the visitors a draw but having kicked all five of his previous conversion and penalty attempts, he saw his effort from wide out on the left fall agonisingly inches short.

John had crossed for the second try of the afternoon and there were further Wakefield scores for Danny Washbrook, Ali Lauitiiti and Richard Mathers in addition to Mellars’ late effort.

But four-pointers for Myler (2), Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan, Ben Westwood and Simon Grix maintained Warrington’s unbeaten start at home although Richard Agar was unhappy after the game that Grix’s try had been scored on the seventh tackle of the set.

Dean Collis missed the game through injury meaning Danny Kirmond took his place at centre allowing Steve Southern to revert to the back-row and a return to the starting line-up for Kyle Amor following his broken hand in round one against Widnes.

Wakefield began brightly and got their rewards through Washbrook who showed good footwork to open the scoring after taking John’s pass just four minutes in.

Atkins got the home side on the scoreboard and in the process of the try being scored a clash of heads between Peter Fox and Kirmond saw the latter spend the rest of the afternoon on the sidelines.

The home fans probably expected that to signal a momentum change but it was the visitors doing all the pressing, aided by some poor discipline from the Wolves.

Weight of pressure took its toll as John took Kyle Wood’s short ball to go over having slotted in at centre following Kirmond’s withdrawal.

Things got even better when Mathers scored against his former club and when John kicked a penalty following Myler’s first try it saw the Wildcats lead 20-12 at the interval with Paul Wood’s yellow card seeing him miss the end of the first period.

Myler was over again just after the break but Trinity showed their teeth as an attacking force once more with Lauitiiti picking up at dummy half on the last and forcing his way over the line from close range.

From the kick-off Oliver Wilkes had the ball knocked out of his grasp after a huge hit and Wire made the most of the opportunity when the outstanding Westwood went through a hole to score in front of the Wakefield fans.

Tony Smith’s side were hammering at the Wildcats line now, forcing repeat sets and there was no surprise when Grix finally got over.

There was more than a bit of fortune about it as Michael Monaghan’s short grubber hit a Wakefield player on the foot and looped in the air for Grix to score on what was the seventh tackle of the set.

That put Warrington into the lead for the first time after Lee Briers converted and when Joel Monaghan literally fell over the line with less than ten minutes to go it looked all over.

But the Wildcats had other ideas and when Chris Riley made a hash of gathering a low kick, Mathers was on hand to scoop up and feed Mellars for the centre to score.

John looked to have used the wind to perfection in kicking from the left but the ball fell half a metre short of the posts and in doing so Warrington held on for the victory.

TEAMS

Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Kirmond, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Smith, Raleigh, Aiton, Amor, Southern, Lautiiti, Washbrook. Replacements: Wood, Johnson, Wilkes, Walshaw.

Wolves:Riley, J. Monaghan, Atkins, Williams, Briers, Myler, Morley, M. Monaghan, Hill, Waterhouse, Westwood, Grix. Replacements: Wood, Cooper, Blythe, Dwyer.

Referee: Mr T. Alibert

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