Wildcats prop forward Olly Wilkes declared it was ‘one-nil Oliver’ after his sensational 40 metre score helped his side to a 28-26 victory over Widnes.
The front-rower scored the crucial try when Wakefield led 22-20 with just under 19 minutes remaining with a Lee Smith penalty securing victory at the Stobart Stadium.
The two points now pushes Trinity above the Vikings into 10th position in the Super League ladder after a much improved performance.
Richard Agar’s men have now won consecutive games for the first time since February and Wilkes was delighted to get the victory.
“It was fantastic, we definitely needed it and we’ve jumped them in the table on points difference.
“It was fantastic for us and we needed that little springboard to get us up and running again and its great to come away with the two points.
“The whole game was difficult, we gave a bit of field position away early doors and some characteristic mistakes but in the end we did get there but it was tough and I was gassed first and second half.
“It was a fast game, a fast track but it was great to come away with the win.”
The number 16′s first try of the season caused a few raised eye brows around his former home ground and he explains the barnstorming score after racing past full-back Rhys Hanbury after barging past two other Vikings.
“I think you’ll find it was 40 metres out, don’t take metres off me I’m a front-rower you got to get all the ones you can.
“It was great, Syksey with a great ball and I just pinned my ears back, I thought I had no chance of getting there but in the end I got there and a try is a try with no naked run at the end of the year.
“I don’t think he (Hanbury) expected me to do it, I caught him off guard a little bit because he can motor that man well… One nil Oliver!
“We got a bit of breathing space then and then the penalty they gave away gave us an eight point buffer which in the end proved important and two points is as good as any, we jump them and it’s a big confidence boost for the lads.”
The victory means Wakefield are just three points off the play-offs with 15 games still to play and Wilkes says they are in the mix for a top eight spot.
“You have to beat teams around you to make the eight and there’s one down and the other week we got a victory over Castleford so we are starting to beat the teams in and around us and we just need to pick off some wins against the bigger sides.
“We’ve been unfortunate a few times this year and sometimes we’ve deserved to lose because we haven’t performed.
“Onwards and upwards for Catalan Dragons next week, we need to polish up on a few areas like last tackle options and I’m sure we’ll go alright against them on home soil.”
You can listen to a section of the interview with Wilkes HERE where he discusses his try.
Make sure you are at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium next Saturday evening as Wilkes and his team mates take on the Frenchman at the new kick-off time of 5.05pm.
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