posted on 20 May 2012

A second half blitz by Warrington put pay to Wakefield Wildcats hopes of successive home wins at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Wildcats were blown away in the second half by Warrington Wolves.

Warrington showed their class as 30 unanswered second half points proved too good for Trinity as the clash ended 12-42. All seven of the Wolves tries came from their backs with a hat-trick for former Wakefield man Ryan Atkins proving crucial.

The score line does not tell the full story after both sides went into the changing rooms at half time at 12-12. A barnstorming run from the impressive Frankie Mariano put the home side ahead before back-to-back tries from Wire pair Atkins and winger Chris Riley gave them the edge.

There was a massive cheer when the returning captain Steve Southern ran on to a pass from hooker Paul Aiton and scored under the posts to tie the game at the half time hooter. Although Southern returned from a calf injury there was a blow for vice-captain Danny Kirmond who was sidelined though an abductor strain.

The second half started in the same fashion with Trinity having their fair share of possession and testing the Wire defence before half-back Stefan Ratchford opened up the second half scoring in the 49th minute.

That was then followed by a crucial period as the visitors led 18-12 and second rower Mariano broke free and threw a dummy before passing inside to the starting captain Richard Mathers, who lost the ball under pressure.

Minutes later Tim Smith had a moment of inspiration and kicked into the corner which found space but the ball just ran out as Peter Fox chased it down.

That was the end of clear cut chances for the home side as Warrington took control through four tries in the last 18 minutes as Ratchford picked up his second. Atkins then completed his hat-trick with two neat scores either side of the 70 minute mark.

To top off a disappointing second period winger Riley snatched an interception on half-way and ran through unchallenged to place the ball under the sticks. Full-back Brett Hodgson converted with ease to leave him with a 100% record with the boot from seven attempts.

The result leaves Trinity in 12th position in the Super League table but there are positives to take as Richard Agar’s men gave second placed Warrington a tough challenge for an hour at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

All thoughts have already turned to the derby against Castleford Tigers next Saturday where Trinity will be looking to make up for the defeat on Good Friday.

Wakefield:Mathers, Fox, Collis, Sykes, Cockayne, John, Smith, Johnson, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Mariano, Washbrook.

Replacements:Wood, Amor, Southern, Trout.

Warrington:Hodgson, Riley, Atkins, Blythe, Williams, Ratchford, O’Brien, Hill, Higham, Wood, McCarthy, Westwood, Harrison.

Replacements:Carvell, Cooper, Grix, Currie.


Referee:Tim Roby (RFL)

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