On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Wakefield Wildcats U19’s travelled to the Select Security Stadium to face an unbeaten Widnes Vikings team.
In what can only the described as perfect playing conditions, the teams took to the field with confidence after both clubs gained victories last weekend.
Widnes took the lead in the first five minutes after Wakefield’s defence failed to stop a fast Vikings attack, that broke the line and scored the first points of the day, giving the home-team a 6-0 lead.
The Vikings then dominated for most of the first quarter and were clinical in exposing a quiet and disorganised Wakefield defence.
Wakefield did eventually gain possession, but could not breakdown the Widnes defence who held firm and gained possession after a Wakefield knock on. This again was capitalised on and Widnes extended their lead to 22-0
Approaching half-time, Wakefield needed to put points on the board to at least halt the momentum that was been built by the Vikings, and that’s exactly what the Wildcats did and with a Ben Cornell try; Max Jowitt was successful with the conversion and it looked like a Wakefield comeback was on the way.
Sadly, Widnes were quick to respond and in the closing minutes of the first half, Widnes scored their fifth try giving them a 28-6 lead at half-time.
Coming out for the second half, it was obvious that Wakefield needed to show a big improvement in defence and to be smarter with the ball in hand.
The first eight minutes of the half were scrappy, but it did look like Wakefield had weathered the storm with the first ten minutes of the half remaining scoreless.
This however changed and on the fiftieth minute, Widnes showed some great skill to score under the sticks, this lead was further extended after another Widnes try five minutes later, taking the score to 38-6.
In the final twenty minutes of the game, Wakefield scored after a cross-filed kick from Max Jowitt was collected by George Lord who managed to get the ball down. For the second time in the game, it looked like Wakefield were maybe on another comeback. Unfortunately, it was the same as the first half and Widnes once again responded with a try of their own and took the game well beyond Wakefield reach with a 44 -12 lead.
Wakefield did finish strongly, and where able to take the score to 44-24 with trys from Luke Powell and Jack Lazenby all coming in last five minutes of the game.
Though the score does suggest there is a lot to work on this week, the attitude shown by the lads in the second half will no doubt give them some positives to take into the game against St Helens on Friday 13th March K.O. 7.30pm at Belle Vue.
Final Score – Widnes Vikings 44 V 24 Wakefield Wildcats