Wakefield Wildcats: Half-time lead not enough as Wildcats go down at Hull KR

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats produced an error-strewn performance to let a half-time lead slip to defeat at Hull KR on Sunday.

Wildcats led 18-16 midway through the clash at Craven Park but the Robins bounced back with 28 unanswered points after the break to seal a convincing 44-18 victory and leave Wakefield with back-to-back defeats in East Yorkshire following last weekend’s cup exit at Hull FC.

Former Wildcat Luke George, on-loan with Rovers from Huddersfield Giants, scored a brace of tries along with Graeme Horne and Rhys Lovegrove, while Craig Hall and Con Mika also crossed the whitewash.

Wildcats looked in good shape at half-time with Dean Collis, Ben Cockayne and Lee Smith, who also kicked over a penalty, giving Richard Agar’s men a slender advantage.

Wakefield were boosted by the return of prop Justin Poore and full-back Richard Mathers and their return came at a crucial time with both sides looking to boost their top-eight hopes.

The hosts made the brighter start, however, and stormed into an early 12-0 lead through tries from Horne and George before Wildcats hit back in impressive fashion to lead.

Rovers looked to have got back on level terms in the see-saw match just before half-time but Lee Smith’s penalty edged the visitors into a two-point advantage at half-time.

Agar’s men could not grab the momentum, however, and a second half packed with poor discipline and errors allowed KR to eventually ease to victory.

Hull KR: Hall, Brown, Salter, Welham, George, Burns, Dobson, Griffin, Hodgson, Paea, Horne, Lovegrove, Mika. Replacements: Withers, Cox, Beaumont, Walker.

Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, L Smith, Cockayne, Wood, T Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Mellars, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Amor, Wilkes, Molloy, Annakin.

Referee: James Child.

Attendance: 6,933.