Wakefield College retain Carnegie Champion Colleges Cup with victory over Hopwood Hall at Odsal

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WAKEFIELD COLLEGE have cemented their place as the best student rugby league side in the country by retaining their Carnegie Champion Colleges Cup with victory over Hopwood Hall in Wednesday’s national final at Odsal.

In a repeat of last year’s final, which Wakefield won 20-14, the Merrie City side stormed to a 30-16 victory over their Rochdale opposition at the rain-soaked home of the Bradford Bulls.

Centre Dan Cahill twice crossed the line as the sides went into the half-time interval all square at 10-10.

But Wakefield upped their gear on the restart and Jack Walton capitalised on Scott Talbot’s superb kicking put them ahead for the first time. Jamie Crowther and Joe Batchelor added further tries and pin-point kicking from Chad Moss helped stretch their lead.

Hopwood hit back with their third try but Wakefield comfortably held out for their victory, with Talbot kicking his first 40-20 of the year to alleviate the pressure.

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