posted on 14 February 2015

Photo courtesy of Dean Williams

Wakefield Wildcats Under 19's picked up their first victory of the season as they put Bradford Bulls to the sword, winning 24-4 at Belle Vue.

Despite Wakefield losing the opening game of season at Warrington last week, it was clear the confidence wasn't an issue as Max Jowitt was influential for Trinity, being the architect of some flamboyant rugby early on. His try added to a score from Harry Swan and the Wildcats went into half-time leading 12-4, with Jowitt converting both.

Although James Bentley scored the first try of the game, that was as good as it got for the visitors. Second half scores from Jordan Crowther and Liam Senior saw Stu Dickens' men cruise to victory.

The opening exchanges were played at a relatively quick speed but neither team could take advantage as the slippery conditions played a big part. 

Bradford got the scoreboard ticking over on 20 minutes when Bentley burrowed his way to the line and grounded the ball, despite three Trinity men trying to prevent him. The conversion was missed and the Bulls were ahead 4-0.

However, the home side showed tremendous resilience and were rewarded with a score of their own just seven minutes later as the ball was spread out to Swan and the second-rower barged three defenders out of the way with ease to bring Wakefield back on level terms. Jowitt converted to nudge his side into the lead, 6-4.

From then on, it was constant pressure from the home side and it was only fair they extended their lead before half-time. That proved to be the case as Jowitt scored the try of the game when he showed pace and power to coast his way through the Bradford defence 30 metres out. He made no mistake with the conversion and Trinity went into half-time leading 12-4.

HALF-TIME: Wakefield 12-4 Bradford.

The Wildcats started the second half in a similar manner to how they ended the first! A great opening set ended with an inch perfect kick from the impressive Jowitt and moments later Crowther came on to Sam Blake's pass at pace to extend the home side's lead. Jowitt stayed at 100% with the boot to make the scores 18-4.

Wakefield remained in control and nearly got another try through winger Judah Mazive who broke from deep but his kick over the full-back took the wrong bounce to prevent a fantastic solo try.

It got even better for the Wildcats on 60 minutes as the two half-back's, Tom Megretton and Christian Ackroyd, combined to send Senior over in the corner. Jowitt was faced with his hardest task of the night to convert from the touchline but the full-back was equal to the task and completed a comfortable 24-4 victory.

Stu Dickens' side will be looking to build on their victory when they travel to face North East Regional Academy on Saturday 28th February.

WILDCATS: Jowitt, Mazive, Senior, Lazenby, Brereton, Megretton, Ackroyd, Teanby, Moules, Morris, Swan, Crowther, Holt. Interchanges: Blake, Cornell, Woofitt, Gledhill.


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