Wakefield’s Scholars secured a double victory over Sheffield Eagles as part of a triple header of youth action at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.
The Wildcats under 15’s stormed to a 50-10 victory over the Eagles in the first game of the day but things were much tighter in the under 16’s clash with Trinity holding a 4-0 half-time lead, a lead that they didn’t need to add to in the second period as the two teams played out a pointless second forty minutes.
Those two wins were followed by a disappointing afternoon for the under 18’s Academy. Despite leading 24-10 coming up to the hour mark, the Wildcats capitulated in the final quarter as Bradford Bulls ran out 40-24 victors.
The Bulls opened the scoring after ten minutes but their lead was short lived as Brad Day got on the end of a grubber kick to respond instantly.
Luke Metcalfe converted the score and then provided an excellent ball for Corbyn Kilday to go over.
Bradford were penalised for being offside at the kick-off and the Wildcats made them pay through Ben Shulver’s four-pointer.
All the play was with the home side at this stage and they got over the whitewash once again when a towering Jack Anderson bomb was spilled and Tom Rogers was chasing hard to pick up the pieces and extend the Wildcats lead.
The Bulls struck back before the interval but a second Kilday score after he hunted down a short kick had Wakefield in control at 24-10.
Trinity conceded back-to-back tries as the defence began to look tired and they made matters even worse by being offside at the restart from which the Bulls went over and took a four-point lead.
A couple of late scores rubbed salt into the wounds of the young Wildcats who can take heart and plenty of positives from a good first 50 minutes.
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