It was a triumphant win over the 2015 treble winners Leeds Rhinos for the Wildcats in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.
Tries from Anthony England, Scott Anderson and a penalty by Jordan Tansey saw the Wildcats edge to victory in difficult weather conditions at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
It was a fairly even opening 10 minutes with both sides easing into the game in difficult weather, but the Wildcats edged ahead after a fantastic carry and offload by Tinirau Arona through to Anthony England who glided it over the line to get his first try in a red white and blue short to make it 0-6 to the visitors.
Rhinos found there feet and looked a bit more dangerous on the half hour mark pushing the Wakefield defence back, however an error on the line gave the visitors a lifeline. Unfortunately with seven minutes of the first half remaining, Tom Johnstone was sent to the sin bin after a professional foul after Golding made the break for the Rhinos.
A penalty from Tansey in the second half saw the Wildcats add an extra two points onto the scoreline making it 0-8. Before a grubber kick from Jacob Miller caused a little bit of confusion under the posts, but Scott Anderson dives onto the ball to get the second try of the game. Tansey converts to make it 0-14.
Leeds edged back into the game with 15 minutes reaming when they worked their magic down the right side to find Carl Ablett who got their first try of the game to put the score to 6-14 after Jordan Lilley converted.
It was a very close end to the second half with the home side pushing forward but the Wildcats defence showed a lot of strength to hold onto the win.
Wildcats’ Head Coach, Brian Smith was happy with the result saying, “I was very pleased with the way the guys went about the game, it was a tough day. Leeds had a lot of good players out there and we kept them to one try, we did a fair few things right today and I feel it is a real confidence boosting performance from us today.
“We had a lot of smart players today, I was very pleased about that, especially the football intelligence aspect, there seems to be a bit of a bond there with them already as a group.”
Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Jimmy Keinhorst, Joel Moon, Ash Handley, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Keith Galloway, Beau Falloon, Brad Singleton, Mitch Achurch, Carl Ablett, Adam Cuthberston
Interchanges: Josh Walters, Jordan Lilley, Mitch Garbutt, Jordan Baldwinson, Ryan Jones, Cameron Smith, Josh Jordan Roberts, Mikolaj Oledzki
Wakefield Wildcats: Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Joe Arundel, Bill Tupou, Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller, Liam Finn, Nick Scruton, Scott Moore, Scott Anderson, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Michael Sio
Interchanges: Tinirau Arona, Anthony England, Andy Yates, Stuart Howarth, Ashley Gibson, Jordan Tansey, Craig Hall, Jason Walton