posted on 13 April 2013

The Wildcats fell to an agonising 36-30 defeat to Warrington Wolves after leading by 14 points at one stage, at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The under 19's Academy lost a comfortable lead in the final ten minutes.

The first half got off to a lively start as the visitors took the lead with their first attack of the game, as Declan Patton put Joe Philbin through to make it 6-0.

The hosts hit back quickly however, as Tom Johnstone scored a superb try after running 25 metres to level the score at six points apiece.

Only a few minutes later the Wildcats scored another superb try, as Tom Rodgers made a magnificent run beating four Warrington players and putting Scott Lee through to make it 12-6 to Wakefield.

The visitors managed to score the next try after a long period of pressure from the hosts as Tom Walker broke away and crashed over to level the score at 12-12.

Warrington would make another score before the end of the first half, as Daniel Hirst powered over to give the Wolves a 16-12 lead at the break.

This would fire the Wildcats up as the hosts made a great start to the second half as Danny Maskill scored a well worked try after a great pass from Jack Teanby.

The hosts continued to press and got their rewards as Johnstone scored two more great tries in the space of five minutes to seal his hat trick and make the score 26-16 to the Wildcats.

There looked no way back for the Wolves as after yet more Wakefield pressure, Curtis McDonald scored a slick try after two great offloads from Scott Lee and Rodgers which made it 30-16.

At this stage Warrington finally started dominating the game and produced an excellent comeback as they scored four unanswered tries in the last 15 minutes of the game.

An excellent individual effort from Will Milner started the comeback as he powered over to make the score 30-20.

However, it was two quick back to back tries from Joe Philbin and Ryan Maneely which were successfully converted by Jimmy Rowland that dramatically won the game for Warrington. The score went from 30-20 to 30-32 in Warrington’s favour in a matter of minutes to knock the stuffing out of the Wildcats.

There was still time for the Wolves kicker Rowland to grab himself a try on the verge of the final whistle, which he converted to make the final score 36-30 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield line up

1. Mat Cook 2. Curtis McDonald 3. Sam Doherty 4. Tom Rodgers 5.Tom Johnstone 6. Scott Lee 7. Josh Kitterick 8.Ben Shulver 9. Josh Murphy 10. James Healy 11. Brad Day 12. Jack Walton 13. Corbin Kilday Interchanges 14. Danny Maskill 15.Jack Tenby 16. Luke Metcalfe 17. Jack Anderson

Report by Chris Gatenby.

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