Spirited Wildcats go down to Warrington defeat

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats put in a spirited performance but were no match for Warrington Wolves as Tony Smith’s men temporarily climbed to the top of Super League with a 22-6 win at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wolves took control from the off in windy conditions but a determined Wildcats never allowed Warrington an emphatic victory which looked to be on the cards after two early tries.

Chris Riley and Chris Bridge crossed the whitewash as the visitors came flying out of the traps on the back of three straight wins, with former Wakefield man Ben Westwood kicking one conversion.

But Wakefield’s stubborn defence kept their visitors from adding further points before half-time.

The hosts couldn’t prevent a third straight defeat though and Ryan Atkins, another former Wakefield player, got in on the try-scoring before Richie Myler crossed the line, Westwood adding both kicks.

Wakefield did get reward for their efforts when Josh Griffin charged down a kick and crossed for a consolation try in his home debut, before also kicking the extras.

But Wildcats were no match for Smith’s troops and Wakefield’s night was made worse with the news that Frankie Mariano was taken to hospital for an x-ray on an arm injury.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest Wakefield Wildcats news.