The Wildcats under 19′s suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of a spirited Bradford outfit who went on to pick up a comfortable 34-16 victory.
The home side had gone into half-time level at 10-10 but a succession of injuries contributed to the second half downfall.
Wakefield’s tries came from Jack Teanby, Jack Walton and Tom Johnstone whilst the Bulls efforts were rewarded with tries from Todd Binns (2), Ethan Ryan, Alex Mellor (2) and Jordan Gale.
Despite a slow start for the home side and a strong start for Bradford which saw James Pickering bomb a certain try, Teanby got the scoreboard ticking following a Corbyn Kilday break. Max Jowitt added the extra two points.
The tails of the Wildcats’ were well and truly up and a fantastic Josh Kittrick “40/20″ capped off a resilient opening 15 minutes.
In the following set Wakefield came close to extending their lead as Jowitt forced a repeat set on the fifth tackle.
Jowitt was again having praise heaped on him from his team mates as he saved a certain Bradford try and bundled the winger into touch.
Wakefield were the architects of their own downfall and a forward pass to Walton gifted the Bulls good field position and just moments later Binns went over to open the away sides account. Adam Brook kicked the conversion.
The Wildcats responded smartly through Jowitt yet again as he got Wakefield the ball back from a lovely swirling restart. However, it led to nothing as Bradford forced Wakefield to knock on.
Wakefield piggybacked Bradford down field with two penalties and as a result, Ryan went over to nudge Bradford in front.
Play was stopped for a large chunk of time when scrum half Kittrick who was playing well, was forced off on a stretcher.
When play did resume, Brook missed with the conversion and Wakefield got the ball back from another belting Jowitt kick-off. This time the ball cannoned off the crossbar and into the hands of Walton.
In the same set, Walton barged over from close range to level up the scores. Jowitt surprisingly dragged the conversion wide from just right of the sticks.
HALF TIME: WAKEFIELD 10-10 BRADFORD
Just moments after the restart, there was another injury stoppage. Cameron Leeming suffered a bang to his head but thankfully managed to get to his feet and walk off.
Bradford forced the Wildcats behind their own try line in the following set, however, the Bulls couldn’t react to a precise short drop kick from Jowitt.
Unfortunately for the home side, the remainder of the game was dominated by Bradford after loose forward Kilday left the field limping.
Moments after, Mellor dotted down following a Brook grubber kick. The conversion was added by Brooke again.
Five minutes later, Binns grabbed his second of the day following lovely play from Brook who delightfully added the extras to put Bradford 22-10 up.
Wakefield gave away a few silly penalties and the Bulls found themselves crossing the whitewash again through Mellor’s second. The big second rower proved too strong for Wakefield to deal with. Brook put Bradford three converted scores ahead with only 15 minutes remaining.
Wakefield winger Johnstone without doubt scored the try of the game, defusing a Brook kick, rounding three defenders, then having the pace and power to race clear and offer the Wildcats’ a lifeline by crossing under the sticks. Jowitt converted and Wakefield had only seven minutes to score two converted tries as the score stood at 28-16.
The efforts of the home side didn’t reflect the final score of 34-16 following a sixth Bradford try in the shape of Gale.
Wakefield will be looking to get back to winning ways in two weeks time as they tackle local rivals Castleford Tigers at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
WILDCATS: Jowitt, Conway, Holt, Swann, Johnstone, Lee, Kittrick, Teanby, Moules, Morris, Crowther, Walton, Kilday. Subs; Cornell, Stone, Leeming, Sampson.
BULLS: Barron, Pickering, Adams, Ryan, Binns, Gale, Brook, Buggle, Lumb, Light, Mellor, Whittle, Bates. Subs; Ogden, Harrison, Richardson, Kirk.
Report by Connor Grace.