Wakefield Wildcats were denied their third win in the Super 8 Qualifiers on Sunday after Hull KR fought back from behind to secure the two points.
Kevin Locke stole the show in the first half after scoring two tries in the opening 20 minutes after making a surprise return from injury. Utility-back Lee Smith also added to the scoreboard to put Trinity into a further lead; however three failed conversion attempts only put the visitors 12-0 up.
Hull KR who suffered a heavy defeat against Leeds Rhinos last weekend fought back in the remaining 20 minutes of the first half to put them two points behind going in at half time after Josh Mantellato and Kieran Dixon both scored.
Kieran Dixon came out fighting in the second half to get his second try before Shaun Lunt soon put KR into a further lead. Lee Smith left the hosts on edge after getting his second try of the game but it was not enough to steal the two points.
Brian Smith insisted that there needs to be a vast improvement in the performance against Widnes saying, “Next week will be an absolutely vital game for us, we have a great opportunity today and I thought on the opening to the game. If we had performed to the level we are capable of, we could be sitting in a completely different position to the one we are in right now.
“I think we brought to our own demines and a very poor last play in attack and defence in the first half. That game them a breath and a bit of interest and reason to come back.”
Wakefield: Locke, L. Smith, Tupou, Lyne, Tansey, Miller, T. Smith, Walker, Washbrook, Anderson, Lauitiiti, Ashurst, Simon.
Replacements: Godinet, Arundel, Scruton, Mullally.
Tries: Locke 2, Lee Smith 2 Goals: Lee Smith
Hull KR: Dixon, Sio, Salter, Welham, Mantellato, Marsh, Chisholm, Walker, Lunt, Allgood, Blair, Burke, McCarthy.
Replacements: Green, Boudebza, Donaldson, Greenwood.
Tries: Mantellato, Dixon 2, Lunt Goals: Dixon, Mantellato
Referee: R Hicks