Wakefield Under 19′s were nilled in a defeat that saw visitors Hull KR put in a ruthless performance in horrendous conditions.
Tries from Elliot Kerry, Ben Holdstock and Connor Robinson were enough to see the two sides apart, as well as two penalties from Robinson with Wakefield failing to register on the scoreboard.
A thunderstorm across Wakefield was not enough to stop the game, despite the rain continuing to pour through the majority of the contest.
The visitors got off to a great start, with Kerry bustling his way over for a score, despite a reasonable contest from the hosts for a knock on. Robinson converted to leave the scores at 6-0.
Both sides dealt with the weather reasonably well during the first 20 minutes or so, until several knock ons from Wakefield broke the pattern.
Hull KR were awarded a penalty after Callum Sampson made a late challenge on the Robins half-back; and no surprise with only two minutes on the clock until half time they opted for the two. However, it was unsuccessful and Stuart Dickens’ men went into the break trailing 6-0.
Half time: Wakefield U19′s 0-6 Hull KR U19′s
After the break, the Robins were gifted a penalty as Max Jowitt, who came back into the side after missing last weeks outing, held down in the tackle. Unsurprisingly KR went for the two again and this time it was successful, meaning Trinity had to score at least twice to grab something from the game.
A spell of pressure from Wakefield was to follow but the story of the game was they could not capitalise and the quality of Hull KR was shown from their next possession.
The ball was quickly swept from left to right with great skill before a classy finish from Holdstock led to the games second try. Wakefield did attempt a similar move in the first half, but to no avail. The try wasn’t converted, leaving the score at 0-12.
A resolute Wakefield defence stopped Hull KR from running away with it, but this was not backed up by the attack.
A full set of six for Rovers on Wakefield’s ten metre line was muted to a restart, only for Megretton to knock on and concede a penalty. KR gratefully accepted the chance for more points, and did so from the boot of Robinson.
It was Robinson who killed the game off too, as the influential scrum-half spotted a gap in the rugged Wakefield defence to dive over and give the Rovers an 18-0 lead. The kick was successful and those points were to be the last of a scrappy game which won’t live long in the Wildcats memory, with Hull KR taking the victory.
FULL TIME: Wakefield U19′s 0-20 Hull KR U19′s
WILDCATS: JOWITT, CONWAY, SWAN, LEEMING, WARE, LEE, MEGRETTON, TEANBY, MOULES, MORRIS, CROWTHER, WALTON, KILDAY. Interchanges: CORNELL, SAMPSON, STONE, DOUGLAS.
Report by Matt Foster.