Wakefield under 16’s Scholars got their campaign off to a winning start with a 54-16 victory over neighbours Featherstone Rovers.
England Youth squad member Max Jowitt bagged a hat-trick, as did Harry Swan as the Wildcats ran in ten tries in all at the Big Fellas Stadium.
Match report provided by Danny Chatterton.
The first game of their scholarship season saw the Wildcats take on Featherstone Rovers at the Big Fellas stadium, with a cold night and heavy underfoot conditions the game looked set to be a very tough battle between the two sides.
Wakefield started fast, immediately pressuring the opposition in both attack and defense causing them to make mistakes and with only the second set of the game the visitors scored, with Max Jowitt capitalising on Featherstone’s dropped ball to open their account.
The game continued in the same vein with the Rover’s inability to retain possession seeing Swan score the second of the evening. After that try the Wildcats really turned up the pace, with great football leading to the third straight from kick-off scored by Tom Megretton, who also added his third successful conversion to make it 18-0.
The pattern continue, with great lines from the forwards setting up another converted try to take Wakefield 24-0 ahead.
One of the few mistakes made by the Wildcats put Rovers on the scoreboard, bringing the home side back into the game at 24-6. With Featherstone back in the game and Wakefield playing great football, both sides scored before the break making the half-time score 30-10 to Wakefield.
With half-time over, both teams started the second period at a very high pace, with Jowitt scoring his hat-trick try and Featherstone running great lines to give them another try.
However, the Wildcats then showed their class and great defence by the whole side and brilliant hands and football skills gave them try after try, with scores coming from Declan Brereton, Will Hudson and two more for Swan to complete his hat-trick.
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