Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are still looking for their first win of the First Utility Super League season after losing 23-10 to Bradford Bulls at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium tonight, Thursday.
Trinity were looking to put the poor first-half display at Salford Red Devils behind them but they made a slow, error-strewn start and the concession of four penalties allowed Bulls to attack the home line.
The pressure finally told on 11 minutes when Adrian Purtell crossed and after consultation with the video referee, a try was given. Jamie Foster hit the post with the conversion.
Wildcats finally got their first penalty midway through the half and it almost immediately led to their opening try.
A rare raid forward from Trinity ended with Dean Collis’ lovely offload to Peter Fox on the right wing and he crossed for an unconverted try.
However, the errors and penalties crept back into the hosts’ game and Bulls broke through on 32 minutes, Brett Kearney showing his pace to burst through for a score improved by Foster.
Wakefield looked for a reply and Danny Kirmond barged over the line from dummy-half only to see his effort ruled out by the video referee.
There was little improvement at the start of the second period and a mistake from Reece Lyne allowed Bulls to extend their lead when Luke George pounced on Adam Henry’s pass to touch-down and make it 14-4.
Foster added the conversion to put the visitors seemingly in control with six minutes of the half played.
Wildcats took advantage of a couple of penalties to go back upfield however and Ali Lauitiiti powered over the whitewash from close range. Debut man and former Bulls half-back Jarrod Sammut added the goal to make it 16-10 with 55 minutes gone.
The hosts continued to push forward, Sammut darting for the line but coming up short according to another video referee’s decision.
But the visitors hit back, forcing a drop out with a high kick and Adam O’Brien darted over for a Foster-improved try with 14 minutes remaining.
Bulls rubbed salt in the wounds in the closing stages when Luke Gale bagged a drop goal to make it 23-10.
Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Ryan, Lyne, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Smith, Lauitiiti, Kirmond (c), Washbrook. Bench: Raleigh, Tautai, Sammut, Walshaw.
Bulls: Kearney, George, Henry, Purtell, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton, Diskin, Sidlow, Bridge, Walker, Donaldson. Bench: Manuokafoa, O’Brien, Addy, Mullally.
Ref: Robert Hicks