posted on 27 January 2013

The Wildcats rounded off their pre-season preparations with a comfortable eight-try victory over Doncaster.

Frankie Mariano opened the scoring at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Richard Agar fielded his strongest available line-up and the speed and strength of the visitors was too much for a Dons side who just last season were earning promotion from Championship 1.

Frankie Mariano opened the days scoring ahead of further first half tries for Peter Fox, Matty Wildie, Kyle Amor, Danny Cowling and Danny Kirmond with Stu Sanderson scoring the home sides only try of the game on the hooter.

Wakefield rung the changes in the second half and even played the final ten minutes with 12 men as Agar used the game as a chance to test his squad in different scenarios.The impressive Chris Annakin and Tom Rogers – one of three under 19’s Academy squad players on show- completed the scoring for a 44-4 victory.

Overnight rain ensured the game went ahead, with the only remnants of the recent heavy snowfall around the outer edges of the pitch, with the two sides greeted by a firm playing surface.It took ten minutes for the Wildcats to break the deadlock, Richard Mathers delaying his short pass to Mariano to perfection to allow the big second-rower to power his way over the line.

It was the superior strength of Fox that allowed Trinity to add to that lead minutes later, the winger fending off the attempted tackles as he made his way to the line after some good handling down the right edge.

Justin Poore got through around thirty minutes in all in preparation for next week’s Super League opener and it was his pass that gave Wildie the chance to exploit a gap and the scrum-half had the strength to hold off a Dons defender and reach for the whitewash.

At this point the gulf in quality was apparent with a typically strong run from Kirmond resulting in a try before Cowling returned to the club where he spent much of last season on dual registration, gathering Fox’s pat back to kick through and chase down to score.

Wakefield were going at a point a minute at this stage but the Dons responded when Paul Cooke put Sanderson in at the corner with a trademark right-to-left cut-out pass, the winger finishing impressively.

Agar made a number of positional and personnel changes in the second half with Bobbie Goulding and Isaac John combining at half-back whilst Rogers was joined by Mat Cook and Brad Day as the under 19’s trio got their first taste of life with the first team.

Unsurprisingly given the changes and the comparative lack of experience on the field after the break, Trinity lost some of their composure and clinical edge near the Dons line but still dominated proceedings.Annakin impressed with aggressive carries throughout his stint of around 45 minutes, and he got some reward when he took an excellent dummy-half pass from Wildie to canter through a gap to score the try.

Rogers rounded off the scoring when he finished off well in the right hand corner after a slick handling move.The rest of the game as a contest rather petered out, but as an exercise in preparing for the start of the Super League season Agar was able to get game time under the belts of his forwards such as Oliver Wilkes and the returning Amor, as attentions now turn to next Sunday and the opening round clash at the Provident Stadium against Bradford Bulls.

WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Cowling, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Wildie, Poore, Aiton, Amor, Kirmond, Mariano, Washbrook. REPLACEMENTS: Wilkes, Trout, Singleton, John, Goulding, Annakin, Kay, Day, Cook, Rogers.

DONS: Butterfield, Waterman, Leaf, Cunningham, Sanderson, Kesik, Fawcett, Castle, Emmett, Waller, Robinson, Kelly, Edwards. REPLACEMENTS: Cooke, Welsh, Powley, Spurr, Hughes, Carbutt, Broughton.

Attendance: 810

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