posted on 23 June 2013

The Wildcats celebrated their 140th anniversary in style with a comprehensive victory over London Broncos.

Danny Kirmond scored a hat-trick in the Wildcats win over London Broncos.

Skipper Danny Kirmond led from the front with a hat-trick with further tries for Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Frankie Mariano, Paul Sykes and Kyle Wood.

Keiran Dixon scored a brace of tries whilst fellow winger Liam Colbon also scored for the Broncos who offered little.

Wakefield got the scoreboard ticking after just three minutes, Fox finishing off after good play from Dean Collis.

Collis was in the process of leaving the field with a recurrence of a troublesome hamstring injury when Mathers shrugged off the attentions of some poor London defence to get over on the last.

It was one way traffic and when Kirmond threw an outrageous dummy from dummy half to burrow over, the game already looked over as a contest with Lee Smith adding conversions to each of the tries.

He soon slotted over just after the 20 minute mark following some wizadry from Tim Smith.  He dummied to kick on the last, threw another dummy to seemingly create a try for himself but the cover defence prevented a try for the Australian but not for Sykes, the stand-off on the spot to reel in the offload and fall over the line.

Decimated by injury, London were offering little in the way of an attacking threat and fell off a number of tackles throughout.  Kirmond again profited, having the strength to force his way over the line although it wasn’t entirely clear if he grounded the ball.

London avoided the ignominy of being kept scoreless for two whole matches against the Wildcats in 2013 when Colbon crossed just short of half-time.

With the scoreline so heavily in the Wildcats favour it was no surprise that their intensity dropped and the referee’s whistle dominated the early stages of the second second half.  It was a decision that went against Fox when he competed for the ball in the air, only to be penalised for supposedly tackling in the air.  From the resultant extra set, Dixon jinked his way to the line.

There was no fortune about Dixon’s next try, an excellent break by Grady had the Wakefield defence stretched and he maintained his composure to loop a pass to Dixon who finished well.

London were buoyed by their bright start and whilst the Wildcats were still looking fairly comfortable, it was still a relief when Kirmond completed his hat-trick to dispel any thoughts of an unlikely comeback in the final quarter.

Mariano powered his way to the line after a clean break from Cockayne as Wakefield finished with a flourish, Wood also scrambling his way over from close range.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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