Wakefield Trinity Wildcats suffered a hammering defeat 50-28 defeat against local rivals Leeds Rhinos, wiping the festive cheer out of the travelling side in the Tetley’s Festive Challenge.
The visiting side looked a much brighter side at the start of the first half, Matt Ryan put the Wildcats into the lead within five minutes after a sweeping pass from Jacob Miller on his debut through to Craig Hall. Hall added the extra points through the conversion to make it 6-0.
Youngster Tom Johnstone made it back to back scores within six minutes after a break by Johnstone which was finished off by Jacob Miller, Craig Hall put us 12-0 up by scoring the conversion. But the Rhinos fought themselves back into the game as Stevie Ward found his way through the Wakefield defence on the following set to score their first try of the game, Liam Sutcliffe converted, 6-12.
Ian Kirke made his debut for Wakefield back against his former side after nine years at the Rhino’s, he replaced Mickael Simon as we piled on the pressure. A lovely grubber kick on the last tackle is pounced on by Washbrook who makes no mistake in grounding; Hall perfected the boot with converting three from three which made it, 6-18.
Leeds began to press scoring two quick back to back try’s, they gained a penalty after Golding was pounded on by Danny Kirmond, which led to Ash Handley who was on the end of some neat work on the left hand side to cross, Sutcliffe converted to make it 12-18. They equalised to make it 18-18 with a try from Danny McGuire, Sutcliffe converted again.
The home side sporting their festive snowman shirts ended the first half on a high as Ash Handley scored a further three more tries on a memorable Boxing Day to make it a first half hat-trick but missed his first conversion at the end of 40 minutes leaving the home side 28-18 at Half-Time.
Both sides started the second half looking much more controlled, however Leeds Rhinos started the half the way they ended the first, a neat kick from the Rhinos was dealt with by Wakefield but they were forced to drop out, on 44 minutes James Duckworth relived the pressure for the Rhino’s and the Wildcats had to play from their own half.
The home side took an early try after a great pass from McGuire gave Briscoe plenty of space and put Handley away for his fourth, Sutcliffe however couldn’t convert from the touchline, Leeds were 32-18 in the lead.
Wakefield struggled to gain back any possession and found themselves 44-18 down within 64 minutes, Ash Handley scored try number five who showed plenty of pace to race from numerous defenders after Washbrook lost the ball. Sutcliffe then got on the end of McGuire’s kick then converted his own try to make it 44-18. Golding was the provider for Elliott Minchella, Sutcliffe converted to make it 50-18.
The Wildcats side got two consolation try’s in the final two minutes of the Tetley’s Festive Challenge, unfortunately for the visiting side, Leeds Rhinos were far too strong. Matty Ashurst scored a try creating a slight murmur from the travelling fans, as Hall put him through a hole to cross. Craig Hall missed his conversion, making things go from bad to worse for the travelling side.
Craig Hall made the initial break who found Harry Swan who was brought down, Godinet scored on the next play. Conversion by Craig Hall, 50:28 last two minutes of the game.
FULL TIME: 50:28
LEEDS TEAM: Ashton Golding, Ash Handley, Jimmy Keinhorst, Tom Briscoe, James Duckworth, Liam Sutcliffe, Danny McGuire (C), Brad Singleton, Paul Aiton, James Jones-Buchanan, Stevie Ward, Mitch Achurch, Adam Cuthbertson. INTERCHANGES: Kylie Leuluai, Robbie Ward, Josh Walters, Jordan Lilley, Robbie Mulhern, Andy Yates, Elliot Minchella.
WAKEFIELD TEAM: Craig Hall, Tom Johnstone, Matt Ryan, Danny Washbrook, Richard Owen, Jacob Miller, Tim Smith, Mickael Simon, Paul McShane, Lopini Paea, Danny Kirmond (C), Matty Ashurst, Daniel Smith. INTERCHANGES: Chris Riley, Ian Kirke, Chris Annakin, Pita Godinet, Jordan Crowther, Max Jowitt, Brad Moules, Harry Swan, Jon Molloy