posted on 9 February 2013

Ben Cockayne ran in a hat-trick against his former team as Wakefield grabbed their first win of the season against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Hat-rick hero Ben Cockayne was in fine form against his former club.

Tim Smith and Andy Raleigh returned for the Wildcats as a crowd of 9,237 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium witnessed the comprehensive seven try win.

The match began in brutal fashion as Hull KR stand-off Lincoln Withers suffered a serious looking injury after a collision with Justin Poore.

Both teams came close to opening the scoring early on before Graeme Horne was sin binned for the visitors after referee Steve Ganson had given Rovers a team warning.

This proved pivotal as sustained Wakefield pressure finally paid off in the 18th minute, hooker Paul Aiton barging his way over from close range.

Six minutes later and Trinity were over again, Reece Lyne getting his first try in Wildcats colours as he latched onto a Richard Mathers pass.

Richard Agar’s men were in full flow and got their third try of the game two minutes later. Captain Danny Kirmond broke through before superbly kicking out wide for ex Robbins winger Peter Fox to score.

Paul Sykes kicked his third consecutive conversion to make it 18-0.

Eight minutes before the break and the visitors got on the board, second-rower Cory Paterson brushed off four Wildcats defenders to crash over.

The deficit was soon reduced further as Rovers took advantage of big gaps in the Wakefield defence with hooker Josh Hodgson diving over, Dobson’s conversion made it 18-10.

The second period began in fine fashion for Trinity as they grabbed their fourth try of the match, Dean Collis showing great pace to evade the visitors defence to grab his second try of the season.

From the kick off there was another huge collision, Wildcats forward Kyle Amor forced to go off after a clash with Con Mika.

The home side then suffered another setback as skipper Danny Kirmond was sent to the sin bin for holding down.

Hull KR took full advantage as Josh Hodgson scooted over from close range for his second try, Dobson’s kick made the score 24-16.

After having a try chalked off by the video referee a short time later, Hull KR weren’t to be denied a second time as playmaker Dobson dinked through for David Hodgson to score.

A determined Wildcats outfit kept coming back though and Ben Cockayne grabbed a try against his former club, Sykes first missed the goal which kept the score at 28-20.

Cockayne was over again five minutes later as Reece Lyne supplied the decisive pass to allow the winger in out wide, Sykes missed again but at 32-20 there was secure breathing space.

Then with five minutes left the victory was confirmed, Cockayne raced in for his hat-trick to make it 36-20 on a brilliant day for fans and players alike.


Wakefield: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano.

Hull KR: Hall, Caro, Salter, Horne, D Hodgson, Withers, Dobson, Paea, J Hodgson, Walker, Mika, Paterson, Griffin. Subs: Carlile, Cox, Ferguson, Tuimavave.

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