Impressive Wildcats see off Rovers

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Winger Chris Riley and stand-off Jacob Miller both scored hat-tricks as unfancied Wakefield made it two wins from two at the start of the First Utility Super League season.

The Wildcats were widely tipped to finish bottom of the table this year following the relegation of Bradford and London Broncos but now sit proudly alongside St Helens at the top after following up their opening 24-22 win at Castleford with a resounding 44-24 triumph over Hull KR at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

They were leading only 22-18 after an hour but Riley went over for three tries in an 11-minute spell to put them out of sight and leave Rovers still looking for their first win of the campaign.

Former Hull half-back Miller was the other hero on his home debut as he combined with fellow Australian Tim Smith to win the battle of the halves with Hulll KR’s Terry Campese and Albert Kelly.

Kelly made his mark early by intercepting a pass by Wakefield hooker Paul McShane to get his side onto the attack and he opened the scoring on seven minutes after regathering his own kick over the defence to score his third try in two appearances.

McShane made amends with an astute grubber kick that enabled former Salford second rower Matty Ashurst to bring the Wildcats level with a try on his debut.

McShane was also held up over the line but, as the game swung from end to end, Rovers regained the lead on 31 minutes when loose forward Tyrone McCarthy went over for their second try after winger Ken Sio had been hauled down just short of the line.

Josh Mantellato’s second conversion made it 12-6 but the introduction of Samoa international Pita Godinet added a new dimension to Wakefield’s attack and they struck with two tries in the last five minutes of the first half to turn around 16-12 ahead.

Miller scooped on a loose pass from Kelly to sprint 40 metres for his first try and then handled twice in a flowing move three minutes later to double his tally for the club.

Former Hull KR favourite Craig Hall kicked his second goal to open up a four-point lead and Wakefield skipper Danny Kirmond doubled it seven minutes into the second half when he took Smith pass split the visitors’ defence open to score a fourth try.

Hall’s third goal made it 22-12 but Rovers got back within touching distance on 51 minutes when Kelly combined with full-back Ben Cockayne to get Sio over for his first try in Super League and Mantellato maintained his perfect record by landing the touchline conversion.

The contest could have gone either way at that stage but centre Reece Lyne twice produced pinpoint passes to get his winger over for tries and Riley finished off a long-range break from Godinet to complete his hat-trick on 71 minutes.

Former Leeds prop Ryan Bailey marked his debut for Hull KR by pulling a try back four minutes later but Wakefield had the final say when Miller completed his hat-trick and Hall kicked his sixth goal from eight attempts.

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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