The Wildcats fell to defeat against a resurgent St Helens as a great display from Johnny Lomax helped the visitors to a 26-12 victory in a scrappy match at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Despite superb tries from Reece Lyne and Kyle Amor, Trinity were made to pay for a poor start as they fell 16-0 down in the first half.
Wakefield showed plenty of guts and effort to get back in the game but left themselves too much to do as the 7,985 crowd witnessed another frustrating defeat.
Coach Richard Agar welcomed back Dean Collis and Justin Poore into the side meanwhile youngster Liam Kay kept his place on the wing after scoring on his debut against Warrington.
Saints coach Nathan Brown stuck with the same starting 13 that defeated London last weekend, the only change came on the bench where back-rower Sia Soliola returned after two months out.
The game started badly for the Wildcats as they let the kick-off bounce out of play in the blustery conditions. From the resulting drop-out St Helens opened the scoring as Anthony Laffranchi powered over from close range.
It wasn’t long before the visitors extended their lead as the ball was spread wide on the last tackle with Francis Meli supplying the final pass for Adam Swift to score in the corner. 10-0 to the visitors with ten minutes played.
St Helens then began to make numerous errors in their own half presenting Wakefield with good field position. Despite Liam Kay going close the hosts were unable to profit with some lacklustre attack.
Nathan Brown’s men took advantage of the wasteful Wildcats in the 27th minute as Sia Soliola marked his return with a try as he raced through a gap in the defence to grab the visitors’ third score.
Four minutes before half-time and the Wildcats grabbed their first try of the game thanks to a superb individual effort from Reece Lyne. The centre broke from inside his own half before rounding full-back Johnny Lomax to dive over in the corner.
Lee Smith’s brilliant touchline conversion in the wind meant that Trinity trailed 16-6 at half-time after a largely scrappy first period.
The second-half started much like the first as Saints grabbed an early try to the dismay of the home crowd. Tom Makinson broke down the right before grubbering through for Johnny Lomax, who touched down just before the dead ball line.
The game then went through a very scrappy period as both teams’ struggled to keep possession in the breeze. Saints however still threatened from long range as skipper Danny Kirmond put in an outstanding tackle to deny Adam Swift a certain try.
Wakefield then began to build pressure of their own and after consecutive penalties, St Helens prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was sin-binned for an infringement at the play the ball. With the visitors down to 12-men the Wildcats got a much needed try as Kyle Amor barged his way over from close range, Bobbie Goulding’s conversion made it 20-12 with 15 minutes to go.
The momentum looked to have swung Trinity’s way but three minutes later Saints landed the hammer blow against the run of play. A great offload from Tony Puletua in the middle of the field released Lomax again who handed onto Lance Hohaia to dot down.
Back to their full complement of players St Helens controlled the final minutes with the 26-12 success their fifth consecutive win as they charge towards the play-offs.
Wildcats: Mathers, Kay, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, L. Smith, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Amor, Kirmond, Washbrook, Tautai. Replacements: Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Wilkes, Goulding.
Saints: Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Meli, Swift, Wilkin, Hohaia, Puletua, Howarth, Laffranchi, Jones, Manu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Replacements: Walker, Walmsley, Wellens, Soliola.
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