WAKEFIELD Wildcats suffered their second defeat on the spin as Bradford Bulls ran out 36-18 winners at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday night.
Elliott Whitehead led the Bulls charge with a hat-trick of tries as Mick Potter's men bounced back from their ten-try loss against Wigan Warriors - and Wildcats failed to do the same following their home defeat against Hull KR last time out.
The game was closely fought until half-time and Richard Agar and his side will have perhaps felt they should have taken a lead into the interval. Ben Cockayne's first-minute try gave Wildcats the perfect start and Steve Southern had the hosts ahead for a second time after Keith Lulia crossed for the visitors.
Whitehead's first try of the night gave the Bulls a 12-10 half-time lead and they went on to boss the second half, despite Danny Kirmond putting Wakefield ahead for a third time with a try on the resumption.
Former Wildcat Ben Jeffries was the architect for two, kicking superbly for Brett Kearney and Whitehead to add tries before Kearney went on to grab his second and Whitehead secured his treble.
Richie Mathers pulled a try back for Wakefield with ten minutes to go but it proved too little, too late.
Wildcats: Mathers; Fox, Collis, Mellars, Cockayne; John, Smith; Wilkes, Aiton, Southern, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Washbrook. Replacements: Wood, Raleigh, Johnson, Trout.
Bradford: Kearney; Kear, Platt, Lulia, Crookes; Sammut, Jeffries; Kopczak, Diskin, Hargreaves, Bateman, Whitehead, Langley. Replacements: L'Estrange, Scruton, Joseph, Burgess.
See next week's Wakefield Express Sport for full match report, reaction and pictures.