JOHNSTONES HAT-TRICK SECURES THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN FOR THE WILDCATS

posted on 2 April 2016

Tom Johnstone’s hat-trick gave the Wildcats the third consecutive win in just two weeks.

It was a scrappy 80 minutes, with both sides having limited chances created during the first half. The Wildcats came out on top with two quick tries in the first 15 minutes, however Salford showed they were not down and out and piled on the pressure to find themselves four points behind at half time.

A fantastic start for the Wildcats when a dummy run from Miller fooled the Salford defence to get the opening try, Finn converted to make it 6-0 after five minutes.

Not long after Danny Kirmond made a break down the field from Finn’s pass, Sio was in support to put the ball under the sticks and get the second try for the home side, 12-0.

Salford piled on the pressure down the left side forcing the Wakefield defence to crawl back, O’Brien got the visitors back into the game when he went over the line, and he converted his own try. The visitors then pulled it to all level with six minutes of the first half remaining after a lovely inside ball from Dobson set O’Brien away and the full-back Sarsfield was in support, O’Brien converted to make it 12-12.

The home side fought back with a fantastic set in front of the Salford try line, a grubber kick from Miller found Johnstone who had leaped over Griffin to get the ball down and put the Wildcats back into the lead. Finn was unable to convert, 16-12.

Wildcats came out on top in the second half to further their lead, Jowitt put the ball out wide to find Tom Johnstone who dodged the Salford defence to get his second, Finn converted to make it 22-12.

Salford continued to push the Wildcats defence back, Jones-Bishop failed to support the left side when Salford were in attack, in the same set, the play goes from left to right and Justin Carney got the ball down in the corner, O’Brien converted to make it 22-18.

However, two tries in quick concessions came for the Wildcats in the last five minutes of the second half, the first when Reece Lyne made a wonderful break down the pitch; he fooled the Salford defence with a dummy to go over for the try. Finn converted to make it 28-18. The second came when Tom Johnstone got his hat-trick, great work by Jowitt who got the ball over to the winger, Finn failed to convert which saw the Wildcats walk away with the two points after winning 32-18. 

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