It was a mixed afternoon for the Wildcats Academy sides with the under 16′s claiming a 56-14 win at the home of Castleford Tigers but the under 19′s outdone by their local rivals.
Connor Grace reports on the under 19′s 22-12 defeat.
The Wildcats Under 19′s fell short of victory against rivals Castleford Tigers after starting the game in positive fashion.
Wakefield chalked up efforts from Jack Teanby and Max Jowitt but that proved not to be enough as the away side scored tries through Brad Day, Connor Hughes, Tom Holmes and Liam Blockley.
The home side were the first out of the blocks following a string of poor discipline and errors from Castleford. Teanby took advantage of that following a lovely offload from Jack Anderson, who was deputising for the injured skipper Corbyn Kilday. Jowitt added the simple conversion from under the sticks.
The Wildcats couldn’t add to their tally when gifted strong field position and that proved costly when Castleford opened their account on 25 minutes through former Wildcat, Day. Stand off Jordan Howden converted.
Wakefield were extremely impressive defensively in the first half but a lapse in concentration allowed Hughes to cross in the corner untouched. Howden was unable to convert this time meaning Casteford had the advantage at the break with the scores 6-10.
As soon as the whistle blew for the start of the second half, there was no real flowing rugby as both sides got off to a really scrappy start.
Trinity gave away a few sloppy penalties before running out of steam in the final quarter. Tigers hooker Holmes raced 70 metres to extend the lead to 16-6 once Howden converted.
Day was starting to have a field day, breaking the line at will and that spurred the visitors on to add to their tally once again. Good work from Hughes, created an opening for Blockley, who took it with open arms. Howden added his third conversion of the day.
Coach Stuart Dickens will be pleased with his teams efforts right until the end and they were rewarded with a consolation as Jowitt skipped through a few defenders to touchdown. This time Kittrick added the extra two.
It was too little too late though, as Castleford hung on to claim a 22-12 win.
Wakefield also saw spirited efforts from Anderson, captain for the day Jack Walton and wingers Conway and Tom Johnstone.
If the Wildcats can string together an 80 minute performance, then they can match anyone put against them.
WILDCATS TEAM: Jowitt, Conway, Swan, Ware, Johnstone, Lee, Kitrick, Teanby, Maskill, Morris, Stone, Walton Anderson. INTERCHANGES: Moules, Griffiths, Powell, Douglas.
TIGERS TEAM: Robson, Hughes, Blockley, Calam, Rylie, Howden, Sowerby, Day, Holmes, Mayer, Foster, Hay, Westerman. INTERCHANGES: Brown, Burnham, Ellerington, Clarke.