Wakefield College rugby league team starts treble quest by retaining Yorkshire Colleges title

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Wakefield College’s rugby league team began their quest for the treble by retaining their Yorkshire Colleges Premier Division title.

The College’s well-respected Rugby League Development Centre team beat Leeds 38-14 to cement their position as the best college rugby league side in the county.

The win was Wakefield’s seventh from eight league matches and saw them reclaim their crown with a four-point lead over nearest challenges Calderdale.

A nervy opening thwarted any early freeflowing rugby from either side in the final match of the season but, despite being on the wrong end of a high penalty count, Wakefield struck first when Adam Swift crossed the whitewash following good build-up work by Scott Talbot.

The score settled the home nerves and Zak White and Charlie Barr soon followed Swift over for scores to see Wakefieldcruise into a convincing 18-0 lead.

Leeds pulled a try back but an improvised kick from the influential Talbot allowed Joe Batchelor to touch down and give the home side a 20-point lead at half-time.

Full-back Ryan Chalkley continued Wakefield’s forward momentum on the restart but the second half was a largely scrappy affair with neither side managing to get much quality possession.

The teams traded tries late on, with Jordan Foster scoring a superb solo effort to seal Wakefield’s win and seal their title triumph.

It added another trophy to the already well-stocked trophy cabinet at the team’s Thornes Campus.

They will be hoping for more silverware to follow this year, too, with head coach Mick Bamord tagreting the treble.

Wakefield won both the Yorkshire Colleges Cup and National Champion Schools Cup last year and will be out to retain both trophies to make it another successful year.