The Wildcats under 19′s claimed their first win of the campaign with an impressive victory over Hull KR on Monday night.
The match report below is provided by HullKR.co.uk
The Robins were up against it early on against the young Wildcats, after some strong defence from the visitors drove Jack Stewart behind his own try line for a drop-out. That presented the visitors with a great early attacking chance, and scrum-half Josh Kitterick’s well-placed cross-kick allowed winger Tom Johnstone to rise highest and put Wakefield into an early lead.
Rovers found field position hard to come by in the first quarter, and it wasn’t until the 17th minute when they were able to press for their opening points. However the young Robins didn’t hang around in converting that position into a score, and after Connor Robinson had gone close himself, good work down the short side from full-back Josh Guzdek sent winger Elliott Kerry diving acrobatically in at the corner.
The Red and Whites wasted little time in going back-to-back, after a Robinson grubber brought them a repeat set five minutes later. Stand-off Matty Marsh’s awareness down the right side saw him pick out Stewart with a good long pass, and the winger showed exceptional strength to squeeze his way over.
Robinson added a superb touchline conversion, but with six minutes to go to half-time, the Wildcats capitalised on a Rovers knock-on to hit back. Hooker Brad Moules’ short pass from dummy-half allowed front-rower Jack Teanby to twist and force the ball down under the posts, with full-back Max Jowitt’s conversion levelling the scores.
The Robins looked to hit back immediately in the dying stages of the half, but after Aiden Armstrong had gone close, Guzdek’s risky offload went loose and Wakefield made them pay with a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time.
Stand-off Scott Lee’s long pass enabled Kieran Holt to squeeze into a gap, and although Rovers’ scramble defence came across to deny him, the centre managed to slip a pass inside and Johnstone was on hand to go over for his second score to edge the Wildcats ahead at the break.
Half-Time: Hull KR 10 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 14
After seeing their lead slip through their fingers in the final stages of the first half, the young Robins came out for the second period looking to make amends, and immediately went close in the opening exchanges.
Robinson’s long pass allowed Macauley Hallett to cut through a hole and give winger Ben Holdstock a run for the corner. The Wakefield defence recovered to bring him down just short of the line, but a few minutes later they could do nothing to deny Armstrong on the opposite flank.
Rovers chose to run the ball on the last tackle, moving it wide to Stewart, who managed to flick a pass back inside to Armstrong. His kick ahead into the in-goal area sat up invitingly, and although he narrowly missed touching down as he battled with Jowitt to get to the ball, the back-rower did manage to get a hand to it at the second attempt to tie the scores again.
Robinson converted to put the Red and Whites ahead again, and they came very close to extending that advantage shortly after, as Holdstock was denied three times by some determined Wakefield cover defence. Twice the young winger was forced over the sideline by weight of numbers, and when he did cut back inside, his inside pass was ruled to have gone forward and the Wildcats’ line survived.
Having soaked up a period of Rovers pressure, Wakefield then had a chance of their own after Jowitt’s break had put them in good field position. Teanby looked to have barged his way into the in-goal area once again, but the Robins scrambled well to get underneath the front-rower and prevent the ball from being grounded.
The warning signs were there for Rovers though, as their handling and decision-making began to let them down, and six minutes from the end, the Wildcats snatched the win when Teanby crashed over under the posts for his second try.
Jowitt converted, and although the Robins launched a last-gasp attempt to overhaul the visitors, Wakefield’s resilient defence held out to send the West Yorkshire side home with the two points.
Full-Time: Hull KR 16 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20
Hull KR: 1. Josh Guzdek; 2. Jack Stewart, 3. Macauley Hallett, 4. Alex Gilbey, 5. Elliott Kerry; 6. Matty Marsh, 7. Connor Robinson; 19. Chris Smith, 9. Macauley Duke, 16. Josh Hamilton; 11. Aiden Armstrong, 12. Harry Aldous, 10. Ryan Devaney.
Replacements: 20. Kieran Moran, 21. Liam Wake, 22. Ben Holdstock, 23. William Jubb.
Wakefield: 1. Max Jowitt; 2. Brad Conway, 3. Kieran Holt, 4. Harry Swann, 5. Tom Johnstone; 6. Scott Lee, 7. Josh Kitterick; 8. Jack Teanby, 9. Brad Moules, 10. Frazer Morris; 11. Jordan Cox, 12. Jack Walton, 13. Corbyn Kilday.
Replacements: 14. Ben Cornell, 15. Nathan Stone, 16. Callum Sampson, 17. Cameron Leeming.
Referee: Mr J. Roberts