Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar praised on his side’s three debutants in Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup win over Hemel Stags.
Agar handed first-team debuts to Wakefield under-19s players Ben Shulver and Daniel Maskill as well as new signing Jon Molloy in the 66-6 victory over the Kingstone Press Championship One side.
Maskill, a hooker, and Shulver, a prop or second row, both got on the Rapid Solicitors Stadium pitch from the bench and the latter topped off a day to remember by crossing the whitewash.
Molloy scored a brace of tries of his own and was ranked as one of Wakefield’s best players by the Cats head coach.
“I thought that was a real bright spot for us,” Agar said of the performances of the trio.
“I thought Shulver came up terrific. To get a try on your debut and run 30 metres in front of your home fans would have been a great moment for him.
“Danny Maskill did really well. Coming on at dummy-half I thought his service and distribution was great, he grew in confidence in attacking them around the rucks and at 17-years-old he marked as a player with a lot of promise.
“Jon Molloy was arguably our best player if not one of our better players on the night. He looked strong, it’s going to take him a while to get up to speed, he’s been off eight months so we’re not expecting miracles from him straight away. I did think he looked strong, direct and knows how to attack on that edge, I was really happy with him.”
Former Wakefield player Andy Kelly presented Shulver with his first-team shirt before kick-off, while Maskill received his shirt from his dad, another former Wakefield star in Colin Maskill.
“We got Andy Kelly to present Ben Shulver’s shirt, Andy is a player who came through the Colts and graduated and gave good service, and we got Colin Maskill to present his son with his shirt so it would have been a week and weekend to remember for those two boys,” said Agar.
“It was a special moment before the game to hear Andy speak so well about the club and for Masky, despite having a stellar career and such a long and successful one at that, I think it’ll be a special moment to present his son with his shirt on his debut for the same team that he made his debut as a 17-year-old.”
In total eight players who have played for the Wildcats youth set-up were involved in Saturday’s cup victory.