posted on 10 May 2013

Wakefield Wildcats 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup came to a disappointing end at the KC Stadium as Hull FC swept them aside 24-6.

Trinity will now have to put all their efforts into reaching the Super League play-off places after winning their last two league fixtures.

Wildcats head coach Richard Agar brought in Reece Lyne for the injured Justin Poore as he shuffled his team which didn’t include Richard Mathers who failed to recover in time.

The Airlie Birds side included the influential Daniel Holdsworth and captain Gareth Ellis with an impressive run of five wins in their last six games.

The former Wildcat caused his old team problems from the word go and played a huge part in the opening try as his offload was capitalised by Richard Horne in the next play of the ball to score.

The hosts burst into life after the first try of the game after a dull opening from both sides as Ellis went over after Wakefield failed to deal with a kick. Shannon McDonnell collected the ball and curved his run before finding Crooks who fed the back-rower to make it 10-0.

Discipline was starting to become an issue as a spell of dominance continued after Agar’s men gave away a penalty with Yeamen on the receiving end of a Tom Briscoe kick to score.

Trinity then did well to keep the Black and Whites out as they forced a little bit of pressure themselves which saw a wasted opportunity for Ben Cockayne while Tim Smith was tackled on the last tackle of a set.

Agar did his best to spur the visitors into a comeback at half-time and made three changes just six minutes into the second-half to try and add a different dimension.

Wildcats had their best spell of the game but couldn’t force a score and great play by Horne set another former Wakefield player up as Jay Pitts went over to score with Holdsworth failing to add to his one conversion for the evening.

Trinity then gave themselves a life line through Ali Lauitiiti as the powerful Kiwi barged his way over the line with Lee Smith converting to reduce Hull’s advantage to 14 points.

It wasn’t enough though and despite plenty of possession the Wildcats failed to turn that into enough points to trouble Peter Gentle’s side at the KC Stadium as Pitts put the cherry on the cake with a late try.

Hull FC – 24

Tries – Horne, Ellis, Yeaman, Pitts (2)

Goals – Holdsworth (2)

Wakefield – 6

Tries – Lauitiiti

Goals – L.Smith

Hull FC: McDonnell, Lineham, Crooks, Yeaman, Briscoe, Holdsworth, Horne, O’Meley, Houghton, Watts, Ellis, Whiting, Pitts. Subs: Lynch, Johnson, Heremaia, Green

Wildcats: L. Smith, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Wood, T. Smith, Wilkes, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Amor, Mellars, Annakin, Molloy.

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