posted on 15 March 2013

A valiant Wakefield Trinity Wildcats performance didn’t prove enough at LangtreePark as St. Helens beat the visitors 52-18.

The Wildcats put in a spirited display against Saints at Langtree Park.

Richard Agar’s men scored three tries as the score line flattered the hosts thanks to a clinical final 15 minutes.

The performance was something to be proud of considering Agar was without captain Danny Kirmond, Andy Raleigh, Tim Smith, Justin Poore and Ali Lauitiiti.

Reece Lyne and Kyle Amor returned to the starting line-up at Langtree Park while Matty Wildie and Lee Smith started off the bench.

The visitors started the game in a positive fashion and Trinity opened the scoring after a Kyle Wood pass found Collis who burst through to find Mathers. The full-back had enough pace to score with Sykes converting.

It wasn’t long before Saints hit back though and Alex Walmsley went over underneath the posts after extremely quick hands.

Jonny Lomax then scored a sensational solo try as he ghosted in to waltz his way to the try line. The exciting talent then completed his third conversion to give the hosts a 12-6 lead.

Just when it felt like Nathan Brown’s men were about to dominate the game the Wildcats scored through England ETS man Ben Cockayne. The winger landed on a Kyle Wood grubber with Sykes converting making it all square.

Wood was replaced by Lee Smith at half-time as the former Rhino slotted in the halves.

Seven minutes after the restart Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook went over for the hosts after a nice short pass sent the Cockney over for a try. Lomax converts, 28-12.

Wakefield force three goal-line drop-outs on the spin then win a penalty then another drop-out ends with Mellars knock-on.

Not long after Smith found Washbrook who burst through a gap who passed outside to Collis who had enough to score, Sykes added the extras to make it 28-18 after 59 minutes.

The first time Saints pressured the visitors line in around 15 minutes Lomax danced over for his second of the game. The full-back weaved and dummied his way to another four pointer. Lomax then converted to make it 34-18.

Lomax then completed his hat-trick as the elusive back received a great offload to score and put the game to bed. Saints didn’t let up as Tommy Makinson and Lance Hohaia extended the lead and give a somewhat unfair score line as far as Wakefield were concerned.

Chris Annakin was withdrawn late on for the visitors after a 50 minute stint in the pack and was one of the shining lights for Agar and his coaching staff.

The Wildcats host Leeds Rhinos next Friday as they look to bounce back from defeat in Merseyside.

SAINTS: Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Meli, Hohaia, Wilkin, Laffranchi, Roby, Walmsley, Manu, Soliola & Walker. SUBS: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Flanagan, Clough & Hand.

WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Wood, Wilkes, Aiton, Amor, Mellars, Mariano & Washbrook. SUBS: L.Smith, Trout, Wildie & Annakin.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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