RHINOS 18-18 WILDCATS

posted on 26 December 2013

A penalty goal from Bobby Goulding with the final kick of the game meant the Heatshot Festive Challenge 2013 was shared.

Bobbie Goulding kicked three conversions in Doncaster's loss at Hunslet.

Goulding struck from 25 metres after a high shot on Ben Shulver as the Wildcats clawed back an eight-point deficit in the final ten minutes.

Peter Fox had given Trinity the lead but Leeds responded through Zak Hardaker, Thomas Minns and Chris Clarkson to seemingly win the game.

But tries for Matty Wildie and Jon Molloy meant the Wildcats were always in the game and got their rewards with Goulding’s late kick.

Agar gave a first team debut to Tom Johnstone on the wing whilst Paul McShane and Richard Moore both packed down in the starting front row.  Daniel Smith made his bow from a bench that also included under 19’s Academy skipper Corbyn Kilday and Jack Anderson.  Paul Aiton debuted for a young Leeds side who were skippered by Zak Hardaker.

Wakefield broke the deadlock after 20 largely uneventful minutes.  A penalty provided them with the platform before the ball was worked right going through the hands of Mathers, Collis and finally Fox who finished well from 25 metres.

The Wildcats were enjoying the better of possession, peppering the Rhinos inexperienced left edge defence but struggled to create any clear cut openings close to the line.

Despite their relative dominance, Wakefield went into the interval trailing. Jones-Bishop shrugged off a couple of attempted tackles to get in the clear before handing on to Hardaker who sprinted in under the posts from 40 metres, converting his own try to give Leeds a two-point advantage when the hooter sounded.

Wakefield started the second period a little scrappily and were punished when Sutcliffe weighted a short kick superbly and Minns was rewarded for his determined chase by dotting the ball down just ahead of the dead ball line.

The visitors had a offered little in the way of an attacking threat in the third quarter of the game but on a rare foray into the Leeds 20 metre zone, a sloppy pass on the last meant Chris Annakin was forced to kick and after his initial grubber hit a Leeds man, he hacked on once more and Wildie was on the spot to scoop up and touchdown.

It was quickly wiped out as Leeds got to within striking distance on their very next set and Clarkson profited from an error in defence to go over untouched.

With time running out Wakefield went in search of a score to get them back in the game and it came from Molloy who burrowed his way over from close range with little over 5 minutes remaining.

Despite the late valiant efforts, it looked set to be another festive defeat for Wakefield but a high shot on Ben Shulver seconds from the end provided Goulding with the opportunity to level things up and he held his nerve to knock over a 25 metre penalty.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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