posted on 4 May 2012

Wakefield’s under 18′s Academy got their first home win of 2012 with a 58-22 success over Sheffield Eagles on Thursday night.

The Wildcats under 18's now have two wins from their opening three games.

The Wildcats crossed for ten tries with the reliable boot of Tom Middleton knocking over nine conversions against a spirited Eagles side.

Rhys Trout, brother of Wildcats first team back-rower Kyle, opened the scoring early on when he shrugged away the attentions of two attempted tackles to get over the whitewash.

Sheffield responded on the back of the home side conceding a penalty but hooker Josh Murphy restored the lead with a determined run to the line.

Full-back Mat Cook was playing in his first ever game of rugby league after being spotted playing for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School first XV in rugby union, and far from looking like a novice in the game he showed some neat footwork to extend the Wildcats lead.

A fourth score followed when Jamahle Hunte reacted quickest to a ricochet from a kick to pick the pocket of his opposite number and go in at a canter, and although the Eagles added a third score of their own, further tries in the first period for replacements Flan Naismith and Josh Kittrick ensured a convincing lead at the break.

Prop James Healy went over for two of the Wildcats tries in the 58-22 win.

Sheffield dominated the early part of the second half, pinning the Wildcats back in their own half on the back of a series of penalties on a night where the referee got value for money out of his whistle.

Wakefield withstood the pressure and responded when prop James Healy rumbled his way over the line before winger Brandon Conway finished off an overlap on the right hand side.

Healy crashed over for his second try of the game as players from both sides began to tire and the night’s scoring was completed by centre Ben Warrilow who intercepted an Eagles pass to cancel out a score from the visitors moments earlier.

Wakefield’s under 20′s are in action this evening (Friday) as they face St. Helens at Langtree Park (5.45pm), with the under 18′s Academy playing their fourth game of the season on Saturday 12th May when they travel to the capital to face London Broncos.

The Wildcats youth development programme is funded by members of Club 1873, the Wildcats Lottery scheme which you can be a member of from just £2 a week.

There’s cash prizes to be won, money off vouchers and plenty more.

Sign up in-store at the Ridings Centre or Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, or by calling 01924 211611.

Wildcats: Mat Cook, Brandon Conway, Tom Rogers, Ben Warrilow, Jamahle Hunte, Jack Anderson, Tom Middleton, Will Martin, Josh Murphy, James Healy, Brad Day, Ben Shulver, Rhys Trout. Replacements: Luke Metcalfe, Flan Naismith, Eddie Kneen, Josh Kittrick.

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