Wakefield Wildcats Under 19's were unable to grab the two points against Hull KR on Friday evening, as the visitors edged out a thriller, winning 34-32.
Trinity were the dominant side during the first half with tries from Joe Capless, Danny Douglas, Jack Lazenby and Liam Senior giving the Wildcats a 22-0 lead after just 25 minutes. However, a try from Tom Blakey on the stroke of half-time gave the Rovers hope with the scores at 22-6 heading into half-time.
Although Capless and Harry Swan scored for Wakefield in the second-half, it proved not to be enough as tries from George Lawler, Liam Harris, Ben Holdstock (2) and Chris Smith saw Hull KR come away with the spoils.
The game was played at a relatively quick speed and the home side used that to their advantage early on as Capless got Wakefield off to the start they wanted when he leaped above his opposite number to claim an inch perfect Max Jowitt kick. Jowitt added the two points, giving Trinity a 6-0 lead after two minutes.
Just six minutes later, the Wildcats crossed again through prop Douglas who was too strong for a soft defensive line on that occasion and when Jowitt converted, Wakefield led 12-0 after just nine minutes.
At this stage, the tails of the Wildcats were well and truly up and Lazenby enjoyed a fantastic five minute period, making a break to put Trinity in good position and then shortly after getting on the end of a neat kick from Tom Megretton, to grab the third try of the evening. Jowitt remained at 100% with the boot to make the scores 18-0.
Ten minutes later, Senior showed some neat footwork and strength to cross for the home side's fourth try and put them in a comfortable position approaching half-time.
However, Hull KR gave themselves a glimmer of hope for the second-half when Blakey caught the markers napping to score the Rovers' first try of the game, just seconds before half-time.
HALF-TIME: Wakefield U19's 22-6 Hull KR U19's
The visitors picked up where they left off at the start of the second-half, to put them within just four points of Trinity. Back-to-back scores form Lawler and Harris and two successful conversions from half-back Harris, made the scores 22-18.
At this point, you had the feeling the next try would go a long way to deciding the result and thankfully for the home side it went to them. Capless scored a near identical try to his first, taking a crossfield kick above his head. Jowitt was unable to convert but his side had an eight point cushion meaning the visitors needed at least two tries to go in front.
The visitors never gave up though and kept threatening to score after back-to-back sets. The pressure finally told as Holdstock finished well in the corner and once Harris converted there was just a two point deficit for the Rovers to claw back.
With the Wildcats being in the driving seat for the majority of the game, mistakes started to creep in and Hull KR had all the momentum. Smith nudged his side into the lead for the first time, proving too strong from close range. Harris converted the try, 26-30.
There was still plenty of time left on the clock for another twist and Wakefield thought they had won it when Swan crashed over and Megretton converted to give his side a 32-30 lead.
However, the hosts couldn't hang on and Holdstock gave his side a crucial victory with a try in the corner, just a minute before full-time.
FULL-TIME: Wakefield U19's 32-34 Hull KR U19's
WILDCATS: Jowitt, Capless, Mazive, Lazenby, Ratchford, Megretton, Fleming, Morris, Moules, Douglas, Woofitt, Senior, Swan. INTERCHANGES: Cornell, Sampson, Lord, Swaine.