posted on 22 March 2014

Wakefield Wildcats Under 16s ran out 34-24 winners in a tough battle with St Helens.

Picture courtesy of DeanWilliams.co.uk

The Wildcats tries came from Luke Harrison, Rhys Allott, Callum Woofitt, George Lord, Liam Paisley, Will Dagger and Liam Senior.

The spirited effort from St Helens was rewarded with tries from Kevin Brown, Rob Fairclough, Lewis Furlong, Josh Eaves and Daniel Heslap.

The hosts got the game off to a flyer when loose forward Harrison found his way over the line following good work from hooker Sam Blake. Shortly after, Wakefield were in again, Allott ghosting in to add to the home sides tally.

Despite the early setback, it didn’t take St Helens too long to get things ticking. Scrum half Farclough kicked a fantastic “40-20” which led to the visitors getting off the mark as Brown found some space down Wakefield’s left flank. Lewis Furlong added the extras from the touchline.

The Saints added a further two tries through Fairclough and Furlong but Wakefield had the final say of an end-to-end half, Woofitt scoring under the posts making the kick easy for  Kyle Ratchford. Saints went into the sheds with the advantage as the scores were 14-16.

The Wildcats were keen to get off to a similar start as the first half and that showed when Lord produced a “show and go” to fool the Saints right hand side defence. Lord dragged the conversion wide.

Shortly after, Paisley pounced on a Brown error and showed plenty of pace to race clear and put the Wildcats six points up.

Wakefield extended their lead further as classy centre Dagger showed how much raw quality he has, breaking the Saints defence then having the pace and power to round the full back and dive over the line.

The home side were 12 points up at the time when St Helens started to raise their game. Two tries in the space of three minutes, scored by Eaves and Heslap put Saints well and truly back in the contest. Both conversions though were missed to stop Saints getting back on level terms.

Saints were confident they could grasp something out of the game with the scores at 28-24 with 8 minutes remaining but the Wildcats showed tremendous defensive qualities to deny Saints to snatch the spoils.

Much to the delight of the Wakefield players, back rower Senior settled the game with just three minutes remaining and Lord rubbed salt into the wounds with his second conversion of the day.

WILDCATS: Ratchford, Allott, Dagger, Pawley, Woodward, Slater, Ackroyd, Bailey, Blake, Swaine, Woofitt, Senior, Harrison. SUBS: Davies, Lord, Harley, Burgess, Oakes, Newby, C. Woofit.

Report by Connor Grace.


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