posted on 4 May 2013

A brace of tries from Peter Fox and skipper Danny Kirkmond, inspired Wakefield to an impressive 30-12 victory over Catalan at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Two tries from Danny Kirmond helped the Wildcats to a comfortable win over the Dragons.

The Wildcats made it back to back wins in the Stobart Super League whilst condemning the Dragons to back to back defeats.

Searching for their second home league victory of the season, the hosts made a quiet start to the game with Catalan enjoying most of the ball and in doing so put the Wildcats under a lot of pressure.

That bright start from the visitors saw Kevin Larroyer open the scoring after quick offloads from Ian Henderson and Leon Pryce put Larroyer through to make it 0-6 to the Dragons.

This fired the Wildcats into life as they responded quickly after Dean Collis made a great run and offload to Peter Fox who scored in the corner to make it 4-6.

The next try came in unusual circumstances as Pryce went to catch the ball from a Kyle Wood kick and dropped the ball which was picked up gratefully by Danny Kirkmond who went over to put the Wildcats into the lead.

After a great period of pressure from Wakefield the visitors conceded a penalty just before half-time which was kicked by Smith from 20 metres out extending the hosts lead by two points.

Things went from bad to worse for the Dragons bang on half-time as a kick from Smith hit the right post and came back to Ben Cockayne who went over to score, which saw the Wildcats take an 18-6 lead into the break.

The second half started with at a much higher pace than the first as the hosts dominated the opening proceedings looking to extend their lead.

Their pressure was rewarded as Collis and Fox combined again down the right hand side for the latter to crash over to score his second try of the afternoon extending Wakefield’s lead to 16 points.

The Dragons didn’t have much of an answer to Wakefield’s dominance as the hosts continued to apply great pressure on the visitors line which resulted in another penalty which Smith duly kicked to make it 24-6.

The visitors errors continued as in the next play Cockayne cruised through a gap before putting skipper Kirkmond through for his second try of the game.

The Dragons then enjoyed a rare spell of sustained pressure and responded as Pryce made an excellent offload to give Larroyer his second try of the afternoon to bring the score line to 30-12.

Despite a few waves of pressure the hosts defence held strong and saw out a fairly comfortable end to the game with the score finishing 30-12 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield line up

4.Lee Smith 2. Peter Fox 3. Dean Collis 19. Vince Mellars 5.Ben Cockayne 14. Kyle Wood 7. Tim Smith 8.Justin Poore 9. Paul Aiton 10. Andy Raleigh 11. Ali Lauitiiti 12.Danny Kirkmond 13. Danny Washbrook Interchanges 15. Kyle Amor 16.Oliver Wilkes 27. Chris Annakin 29. Jon Molloy

Catalan line up

28.Morgan Escare 2.Damien Blanch 19. Mathias Pala 25. Vincent Duport 26. Frederic Vaccari 3. Leon Pryce 6. Thomas Bosc 20.Michael Simon 9.Ian Henderson 10. Remi Casty 4. Zeb Taia 17. Kevin Larroyer 13.Gregory Mounis Interchanges 16. Eloi Pelissier 22. Jamal Fakir 23. Lopini Paea 27. Jean-Phillipe Baile

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