Glenn Morrison’s men recorded an excellent 18-10 victory over the Wigan Warriors in their first game in almost six weeks at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The Wildcats made the brighter start to the game and opened the scoring on six minutes. The first try came from Adam Slater after Dale Morton and Isaac John combined to put the academy product through.
The visitors responded quickly however as the Warriors capitalised on a penalty conceded by the Wildcats. This allowed Wigan to apply a long period of pressure which was rewarded with a try for James Greenwood who was put through from a pass by Scott Leatherbarrow to level the score.
The Warriors dominance in the game gradually grew in the first half as Wakefield had Chris Annakin sin binned for a poor challenge on Wigan’s Sam Powell. This proved to be costly as the visitors cranked up the pressure even further which saw Ryan King crash over the line on the stroke of half-time making the score 10-6 to Wigan at the break.
The second half saw the Wildcats start very strongly again as a number of completed sets and excellent kicking from Jordan Grayston, saw Wigan’s back line come under a great amount of pressure.
Wakefield rounded off a dominant first ten minutes to the second half with a try from Morton, who caught and grounded the ball exceptionally well from an perfectly weighted kick from John to make the score 10-10.
This led to a feisty and tense period in the game with both sides conceding a handful of questionable penalties and Wigan’s Elliot Davies being sin binned for making a challenge on Isaac John in an off the ball incident.
The Warriors conceded a penalty around 40 yards out from their own try line which saw the home side elect to take the two points which Grayston obliged to see the Wildcats retake the lead at 12-10 on 60 minutes.
Wakefield went from strength to strength as they sealed the points just five minutes later after Danny Ansell provided a offload to put Ryan Wright through and make it 16-10. Grayston converted the try which saw him finish with three successful kicks from four attempts and the score finish 18-10 to the Wildcats.
- Jordan Grayton 2. Dale Morton 3. Liam Kaye 4. Josh Hardcastle 5.Sam Fletcher 6. Isaac John 7. Danny Ansell 8.Tom Lillycrop 9. Ryan Wright 10. Matt James 11. Adam Slater 12. Chris Annakin 13. Jack Anderson Interchanges 14. Ben Shulver 15.James Davey 16. Jake Joynt 17. Adam Gledhill
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.