WILDCATS 36-28 WARRIORS

posted on 22 June 2014

The Wildcats secured a first win over Wigan Warriors since 2009 with a thrilling performance at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Wildcats players celebrate the match winning score.

Reece Lyne’s late try, converted by Paul Sykes meant Trinity claimed a famous victory over the double holders.

First half tries from Danny Kirmond, Richard Owen, Tim Smith and Richard Moore had the Wildcats 24-18 in front at half-time with Wigan on the scoreboard through Jack Hughes, Liam Farrell and Anthony Gelling going over for the visitors, Farrell doubling his tally in the second half in addition to a try for Dan Sarginson.

But it was second half scores for Danny Washbrook and Reece Lyne as well as a Sykes penalty that saw Trinity home to a famous victory.

James Webster welcomed back Reece Lyne from a toe injury that had kept him out since Good Friday and there was a place on the bench for Richard Moore after serving a one-match ban.  Lee Gilmour started for the first time in Wildcats colours and Chris Riley made a 200th career appearance.

After a well contested first 15 minutes it was Trinity who struck first with their first real opportunity with the tried and tested combination of Tim Smith and Kirmond once again clicking into gear to send the captain over.

From the very next set it the Wildcats worked the ball left to put Lyne in the clear and as he drew Sarginson he passed to Riley who couldn’t gather the ball with the line at his mercy.  In true Champion style the Warriors instantly made the hosts pay as Hughes went charging through a gap from a typically structured Wigan move and he sprinted 40 metres to score.

Having drawn level, Wigan wasted no time in going into the lead with Jack Murphy being put in on the overlap on the left hand side and he had the composure to pass infield to Liam Farrell who coasted to the try line.

In the 25th minute the cherry and whites were celebrating again.  A penalty invited the Warriors into the Trinity 20 metre zone and when Matty Smith lofted a kick it was Gelling who leapt highest to brilliantly claim and dot down.

At 18-6 down, Trinity looked shocked but regrouped and hit back in style.  First Tim Smith put in a brilliant step to create the space that saw him go over the line against his old club and in the very next set, Pita Godinet weaved out of dummy half to create some space and he had Owen on his shoulder, the winger having the speed to evade the clutches of the Wigan defence and score his first try in the red, white and blue.

With six minutes until half-time, the Wildcats would have happily seen the half out but after aggressive carries from Taulima Tautai and Daniel Smith got Trin’ on the front foot and led to a penalty, the Wildcats marched up field and Godinet popped a pass up for Moore who wouldn’t be stopped.  Sykes converted and the host had a 24-18 half-time lead.

The Wildcats started the second half strongly but saw a couple of opportunities go amiss and were shown the way by Wigan who ruthlessly put Liam Farrell in for his second try.

Trinity responded with a 20 metre Paul Sykes penalty before a scuffle between Ryan and Gelling resulted in a penalty for the visitors much to the anger of the Wildcats players and fans. Wigan didn’t stop to ask questions and Sarginson danced his way through the defensive line to score but again the Wildcats players were incensed by the decision of George Stokes not to give an obstruction.

As per the entire match it was far from over and the Wildcats responded with 13 minutes left as McShane took charge, ignoring Sykes and Smith on the short side to go open side and put Washbrook over.  Sykes dragged the conversion horribly wide meaning Trinity had a two-point lead.

In truth, Wigan never looked like scoring again and when Lyne went over with three minutes remaining and Sykes nailed the conversion it was game over.

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