posted on 20 February 2014

Wakefield paid for their mistakes as they lost out 23-10 to Bradford Bulls at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Ali Lauitiiti got over the whitewash on his 250th match in the British game.

Trinity struggled to capitalise on some good field position in the second-half as conditions played their part in a disappointing defeat.

Wildcats coach Richard Agar made just one change to his 17-man match-day squad from last week’s narrow defeat to Salford Red Devils.

New recruit Jarrod Sammut replaced the injured Jimmy Keinhorst on the interchange bench with Matt Ryan promoted to the starting 13.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins also made changes to his 17 after a home defeat to Castleford in Round One, with Anthony Mullally and Luke George coming in for their first appearances of the season.

The visitors lost half back Lee Gaskell early in the game but were applying all the pressure in the opening exchanges with good field position and a number of penalties, however the Wildcats defence stood firm.

Bradford eventually broke down the resilient home defence after 12 minutes, when Adrian Purtell found space before powering his way over the line, Jamie Foster hit the post with the resulting conversion giving the Bulls a 4-0 lead.

Wakefield’s attacking game eventually came into play just before the 20-minute mark with intelligent kicks from McShane and Godinet forcing repeat sets.

As Agar introduced Sammut the Wildcats crossed for their opening try, good work down the right edge from Richard Mathers and Dean Collis ended with the latter producing a wonderful offload to set Peter Fox up for his first try of the season, Paul Sykes couldn’t convert leaving the score at 4-4.

The Bulls regained the lead just after half an hour when Brett Kearney picked up a loose ball to touchdown underneath the posts, Foster added a straightforward conversion to make it 10 -4 to the visitors at half-time.

As Trinity looked to get back into the game after half-time they made a costly error, as Reece Lyne carried the ball out from his own line he mishandled and left Bulls winger George with a clear run-in to the line, Foster again converted to make it 16-4.

The Wildcats then applied good pressure and when Pita Godinet found Ali Lauitiiti with a short ball he crashed over for his second try of the season. Sammut converted to pull Trinity back into the game at 16-10.

On his debut and with just one training session under his belt, Sammut was causing his former side problems and nearly got over for his first Wildcats try on the hour but found himself inches short of the line.

The sucker punch for the home side came on 65 minutes when Adam O’Brien went through the Wildcats defence from dummy-half, Foster converted to make it 22-10.

As Wakefield looked for a way back into the game the Bradford defence stood firm and with three minutes to go Luke Gale put the game beyond any doubt, kicking a drop-goal and making the final score 23-10.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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