posted on 5 October 2015

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats secured Super League status in 2016 after a nail biting victory over Bradford Bulls.

A break on the 78th minute by Scott Moore gave Trinity the win in what was an extremely tight 80 minutes against Championship side Bradford Bulls who were looking for promotion back into the Super League after suffering relegation last season alongside London Broncos.

Bradford had the first attempt of the game when Matty Blythe thought he had put the visitors into the lead with his diving effort; however the young Tom Johnstone’s defensive play was enough to force the Bulls centre from grounding cleanly. The attempt was ruled out by the video referee to keep the score line at 0-0.

On the 15th minute Trinity Captain, Danny Kirmond opened up the score line and the home side into the lead. A neat attacking performance from Miller and Godinet set up Kirmond through the Bulls defence, Arundel got the conversion 6-0 with 27 minutes left of the first half.


Wildcats got off to a great start in the second half with Anthony Mullally doubling their lead. Scott Moore’s quick response through dummy half set up Mullally who found a gap through the defence; Tansey added the extra points, 12-0.

The visitors found their stride in the game on 50 minutes with two back to back tries, the first came when a flick from Purtell put Williams away to get them back into the game, Daniel Addy’s conversion bounced off the inside of the post to add the extra points, 12-6.

Matty Blythe got their second when he pounced on a loose ball over the line which could have put the visitors on equal terms; however Addy was unable to convert putting the Bulls two points behind Trinity on 12-10.

Washbrook extended Wakefield’s lead in his last game for Trinity to put the home side 18-10 up with seventeen minutes left. However, the gap didn’t last long. The Bulls showed they were not down and out after Purtell found his way through the Wakefield defence to get the visitors two points behind 18-16.

Bradford gained a penalty on the 76th minute after, all eyes were on Daniel Addy to level the scores but his attempt went wide.

Wakefield had the last attack of the game, a fantastic break by Scott Moore who is currently on loan at Trinity shrugged off the Bradford defence to get it over the line and win the game for the home side, securing Super League status for 2016.

Wakefield: Tansey; Lyne, Tupou, Arundel, Johnstone; Miller, Godinet; Scruton, Sio, Simon, Kirmond, Washbrook, Annakin.

Replacements: Lauitiiti, Mullally, Moore, Yates.

Bradford: Mullaney; Blythe, Nielsen, Purtell, Williams; Gaskell, Siejka; Clough, O'Brien, Sidlow, Olbison, Ferguson, Addy.

Replacements: Pitts, Baile, Lauaki, Crossley.


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