posted on 2 February 2014

The Wildcats eased to a first win of pre-season at the South Leeds Stadium.

Paul Sykes contributed 14 points to the Trinity total.

A strong second quarter of the game was key to the victory in which Paul Sykes scored 14 points and Luke Briscoe crossed for a brace of tries.

Max Jowitt marked a first start with the opening try and there were further four-pointers for Danny Kirmond, Peter Fox and Corbyn Kilday with Lee Brickwood claiming a quick-fire second half brace in response for the hosts who also saw late tries for James Davies John Oakes.

Richard Agar was missing a number of players who he may call upon for the opening round of Super League and so was forced to shuffle his pack.  Danny Washbrook started at stand-off alongside Paul Sykes and there was a first start for Max Jowitt on the wing.  Academy youngsters Jack Anderson, Corbyn Kilday, and Tom Johnstone would all feature from the bench.

Trinity had to contain some early attacks from the Hawks before coming away from their first foray forward with points.  Lauitiiti was involved at the start, winning a penalty on halfway having had the ball stolen from his grasp and then picking up at dummy half five metres out and floating a cut-out pass to Jowitt who dived in at the corner.

The match became increasingly scrappy as the half approached it’s midway point as the teams exchanged errors.  It was no surprise then when the next score came from a dropped ball, Briscoe scooping up and racing nearly 60 metres to go over underneath the sticks.

The Wildcats took control of the game in a two-minute spell which first saw Kirmond weave his way to the line from 20 metres and then a length of the field effort that saw Trin’ break down the right through Briscoe who passed inside to Wildie, the hooker returning the ball to Briscoe to finish.

There was still time before the interval for a fifth try of the half as Fox showed excellent upper body strength to throw off the attentions of one tackler and power over another en route to the line.

An early flashpoint at the start of the second half saw Lauitiiti and George Clarke given ten minutes in the sin bin but no sooner had they taken their respective seats in the dugout than Sykes was stepping his way through the defensive line on his way to the line.

The Hunslet fans among the 793 in attendance had something to cheer when an inventive ball from Aaron Lyons behind his own back gave Brickwood the simple task of finishing in the corner.

Brickwood was in again just shy of the hour mark as three Trinity defenders slipped to create a gap that Wilson raced through before drawing in Jowitt and passing to the winger to score.

With the start of the Super League season just a couple of weeks away, Agar utilised his bench and at one stage there were eight players on the field who have come through the Trinity youth programme.

It did mean that the game became more disjointed and the sides exchanged tries through Kilday and Davies before a scramble at the death saw Oakes complete the scoring.

WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Briscoe, Lyne, Jowitt, Washbrook, Sykes, D. Smith, Wildie, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Trout. Replacements: Walshaw, Shulver, J. Anderson, Moore, Kilday, Crowther, Molloy, Johnstone.

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