posted on 29 July 2012

Glenn Morrison’s side continued their unbeaten home campaign and strengthened their play off ambitions as they thrashed Leeds Rhinos by 40 points in a 60-20 win.

Isaac John scored four tries in a huge win over the Rhinos.

No one would have been predicting this result early on however, as the Rhino’s started the game more brightly and took the lead on ten minutes through Jimmy Keinhorst after a quick offload from Liam Hood.

However, this proved to be the wakeup call required for the Wildcats as the home side responded straight away as Isaac John and Adam Slater combined to put Josh Hardcastle through.

Before the visitors could even try to muster any form of attack in response, an interception and kick from Jordan Grayston was picked up and offloaded by Dale Morton to allow John to extend the Wildcats lead to 12-4.

Wakefield continued to pressure the Rhinos back line which saw the visitors go an exceptionally long period without the ball.

This pressure paid off for the hosts as Ryan Wright crashed over to make it 18-4 after an excellent solo effort. John scored his second try of the game shortly afterwards from a excellent offload from Matt James to touch down under the sticks.

Anyone expecting a fight back from the Rhinos towards the end of the half were mistaken as in the last ten minutes of the first half Wakefield went onto score two further tries. James went from provider to scorer as he powered through two Leeds players to crash over the line, and James and John would combine again to see the latter secure his hat trick and the score stand at 36-4 at the break.

The first ten minutes would see the Leeds side enjoy their best part of the game as they started the half brightly which was rewarded with a great solo run and try from Ben White.

This saw the hosts up a gear again though as James and John combined yet again to give John his fourth try of the game.

The Rhinos rallied again as they scored the next two tries through two great individual efforts from Jamel Citisholm and Hood.

This is where the scoring ended for the visitors, however, as the Wildcats went on to add 18 more points in the closing stages of the game.

Morton and Tom Lillycrop rounded off excellent individual performances with a try each as they extended the lead to 54-20.

Fullback Grayston rounded off an exceptional afternoon as he scored the final try of the game and converted it to see himself finish with a 100% conversion record, and the score finish 60-20 to the Wakefield Wildcats at the Rapid Solicitors stadium.

Wakefield line up

  1. Jordan Grayston 2. Dale Morton 3. Liam Kay 4. Josh Hardcastle 5.Sam Fletcher 6. Isaac John 7. Matty Wildie 8.Matt James 9. Ryan Wright 10. Tom Lillycrop 11. Lucas Walshaw 12. Adam Slater 13. Chris Annakin . Interchanges 14. Danny Ansell 15.Hugh Fraser 16. Jake Joynt 17. Nick Flanaghan

Report by Chris Gatenby

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