ACADEMY SUFFER AT HANDS OF GIANTS

posted on 18 May 2015

Wakefield Wildcats Under 19's suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Huddersfield Giants as the visitors ran in 50 points, on Friday evening.

Jamie Stringer crossed for a second-half hat-trick and other scores were from Harry Woolard, Connor Redswick, Will Carlos, Jack Etchells, Kruise Leeming and Sam Wood.

The Wildcats had to wait for the second-half to get on the scoreboard. Tom Megretton and Judah Mazive were the ones who managed to get over the line but the Giants were convincing 50-12 winners.

Stu Dickens was without senior players Jordan Crowther and Max Jowitt, who were both missing due to England Academy commitments. However, Jowitt's absence left the full-back berth open and Mazive stepped up to the mark, being arguably Trinity's best player.

It took Huddersfield less than four minutes to register their first points of the game, which came after back-to-back penalties. It was from the resultant set that the Giants crossed, with Wood crashing over from close range. Will Gledhill added the simple conversion to give Huddersfield an early 6-0 lead.

Six minutes later and the Giants were in again. Leeming showed glimpses of what has seen him play Super League regularly, fooling the Wakefield defence with a dummy to extend his team's lead. 0-10.

The Wildcats were proving the architects of their own downfall and when they applied the first bit of pressure which forced a drop-out, Brad Moules dropped the ball in the following set. Huddersfield were quick to take advantage and just a few tackles later, Etchells crossed for a third Giants try which was converted by Gledhill. 0-14.

Trinity were unable to gain any momentum or find any rhythm, mainly due to the Giants completing their sets well and pinning Wakefield back in their own half.

The Giants went on to score another two tries before the break. The first was from the influential Gledhill who spotted a gap in Wakefield's defence and went through it without hesitation. He converted his own try and found himself lining up another conversion shortly after, when Carlos got on the end of a neat kick from the stand-off.

HALF-TIME: Wakefield U19's 0-26 Huddersfield U19's

The Wildcats started to get into their stride at the start of the second-half with Callum Sampson bumping a few defenders away and finding Megretton who raced away to open Trinity's account for the evening. The half-back converted his own try. 6-26.

Despite conceding a try early on in the second-half, it didn't take Huddersfield long to respond. Redswick darted over from close range and Gledhill converted to give his side a 32-6 lead.

If the Wildcats were to have any chance of getting something from the game, they needed to be almost perfect in every department for the remainder of the contest. Instead, things went from bad to worse and Trinity were down to 12 men for ten minutes as Megretton was sin-binned for a professional foul.

The Giants made the extra man count and Stringer scored a ten minute hat-trick to well and truly finish the game off. All were of similar fashion with the winger on the end of some neat hands. Gledhill was unable to convert any, leaving the scores at 6-44.

Wakefield still showed plenty of spirit and scored the try of the game through Mazive. The full-back showed great footwork to initially break the line and then motor past his opposite number to grab a consolation try for the home side.

Huddersfield made sure they had the final say in the game though as Woolard was on the outside of a Jarrod Simpson break to race 30 metres and put the gloss on a comfortable evening for the visitors.

FULL-TIME: Wakefield U19's 12-50 Huddersfield U19's

WILDCATS - Mazive; Capless, Lord, Lazenby, Ratchford; Megretton, Fleming; Teanby, Moules, Morris; Woofitt, Holt; Swan. INTERCHANGES: Cornell, Senior, Douglas, Sampson.

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