Wakefield Wildcats are back to winning ways after producing a brilliant second half performance to see them beat Huddersfield 35-14 at the Galpharm.
The victory brings to an end a four game losing streak and continues Huddersfield’s horrid form that has seen them lose nine out of their last eleven matches. The result was made all the more notable considering the hosts went in at half time with an 8-6 lead.
In fact things started to go wrong for the claret and gold before kick off when former Wildcat Aaron Murphy pulled up just minutes before the game which meant Greg Eden came in on the wing. Another former Trinity man Luke George opened the scoring after Lee Smith lost the ball in collision. The hosts in turn raced 70 metres up field through Scott Grix, he broke free and weaved in an out of the Wildcats scrambling defence who fed George to score in the corner. Brough hits the posts with the extras to make it 4-0.
It wasn’t long before Richard Agar’s men were in front as a brilliantly disguised reverse kick by Tim Smith was read by Ben Cockayne who burst on to the grubber to score with Sykes converting.
Minutes after the 6,579 crowd were almost treated to the try of the season as full-back Richard Mathers was trapped in goal before finding Peter Fox who sped up the touchline and past the half-way line who passed inside to Dean Collis. Unfortunately the Australian lost his footing under pressure from the Giants defence and the move broke down after a fantastic piece of invention.
It was Paul Anderson’s first game in charge of Huddersfield and they would not go away in the first half as they went in to the sheds with an advantage. Danny Brough’s cross field kick found centre Leroy Cudjoe before creating an overlap for George to score, Brough couldn’t replicate his accuracy with ball in hand and missed his second attempt of the sun blessed afternoon as the Wildcats trailed 8-6 at the break.
The second period started as a cagey affair and it was yet another former Trinity man who caused problems with utility man Tommy Lee slicing through the static Wakefield defence to find an unchallenged Eorl Crabtree to extend the lead to 14-6, little did the Giants supporters know this would be their last score to shout about.
A period of 29 points in 28 minutes was around the corner as Agar’s men took full control. Collis started the onslaught as Huddersfield’s defence let a vicious Tim Smith bomb bounce with the Australian quickest on the mark to ground in the in-goal.
Shortly after, Tim’s namesake Lee got in on the act to celebrate his permanent move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. The score came after Fox forced a knock on by Greg Eden following a Collis kick through. Trinity then received two penalties in quick succession and could have tied the game up at 14-a-piece but decided to go for the try. It was Lee Smith that reaped the reward as he was a beneficiary of a walk in try after a fabulous cut out pass
by Paul Sykes who then missed the conversion to make it 16-14 to the visitors.
With the clock ticking down the Wildcats took control, largely due to their inform half-backs and the Giants started look tired in the July heat. Mathers continued the elevation in the scoreboard when he went over after a Lauitiiti pass was knocked back by a Huddersfield hand and Sykes nailed a difficult touchline conversion to make it 22-14.
Tim Smith then scored a deserved try of his own due to a Paul Johnson break, he then found Smith on the outside to run clear and score. Adding the extras was not enough for Sykes though as the number 34 boomed over a 30 metre drop goal to end the contest, making the score 29-14.
There was still time for Trinity captain and former Giant Danny Kirmond to make the score as lop sided as the second half was to watch after pouncing on another Tim Smith kick.
Sykes completed the formalities as the visitors ran out 35-14 winners and gave them their seventh win of the season and takes them two points ahead of 12th place Castleford.
With one derby and one victory in the bag, Agar’s troops can go into the next two weeks with confidence as Leeds Rhinos travel to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium before the derby day clash with the Tigers at the Probiz Coliseum on Sunday 5th August.
Giants: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Gilmour, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Moore, Mason, Ferguson, Chan, Fairbank, Replacements: Fa’alogo, Patrick, Lee, Cording.
Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Amor, Ellis, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Wood, Wilkes, Johnson, Trout.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.