Wakefield Wildcats will head into Finals Night at Headingley as East Division winners in the Nines after another string of blistering performances last night.
Trinity once again won all three of their group matches including the table-topping clash with Leeds Rhinos as first team players Isaac John, Frankie Mariano and Paul Johnson adding their quality to the Nines team.
First up was the Rhinos and after the first team went down to a 44-40 loss on Monday, Glenn Morrison’s men managed to gain some consolation as they ran out 22-16 victors. A brace of tries from Mariano added to scores from John and Sam Fletcher secured victory at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Huddersfield were involved in the next two games as they beat Hull FC 18-10 before going up against the hosts. The Giants actually took a shock lead before the Wildcats scored an unanswered 36 points to give them a resounding 36-4 victory.
John, Liam Kay, Kieran Hyde and Tom Lillycrop hit-back before the half time hooter with a second for Kay adding to second half efforts from Fletcher and Josh Hardcastle gave the Wildcats a thoroughly deserved two points.
Then it was the Rhinos turn to face back-to-back games as they attempted to pile the pressure on Wakefield for the top spot. They managed to do just that with a team that included 2008 Harry Sunderland winner Lee Smith as they swept away the Airlie Birds 28-8 before finishing their night with a 26-12 victory over the Giants who fielded a strong squad including first teamers Adam Walker and Jacob Fairbank.
Those results meant Leeds topped the division and the pressure was on the Wildcats to win the last group game to secure top spot and go into Finals Night on an 11 game winning streak.
They managed to do just that as a sublime attacking performance left the black and whites red in the face and on the wrong end of a 28-0 score line. The impressive goal kicker Jordan Grayston got the scoring underway with a try before Mariano made it a 10-0 half time lead. The second period was a more fruitful one for the hosts as Ryan Wright went over before captain Matty Wildie stretched the lead.
The group games finished on a high after a successful power play saw Dale Morton adding a try to Fletcher’s effort to send home the Wildcats faithful happy. Keeping Hull to nil also secured the tag of having the best defence in both divisions after conceding just 98 points in 12 games.
Finals Night takes place at Headingley next Tuesday 26th June in a eight team event with tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 concessions, (under 16, students & seniors) all tickets are unallocated seating in the North Stand. We strongly advise that supporters travelling to Leeds pre-purchase their tickets as there is an offer of BUY 1 GET 1 FREE if bought in advance.
Tickets can be bought from the following outlets:
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