Riley hat-trick inspires Wakefield Wildcats win at Warrington Wolves

Chris Riley
Chris Riley

Chris Riley scored a hat-trick against his parent club to steer Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to a terrific 40-26 win at Warrington Wolves.

Riley, on loan from Wolves, bagged two in the first-half and another in the second to keep James Webster’s team in the race for a place in the First Utility Super League play-offs.

It didn’t start well for the visitors when Rhys Evans crossed in the first minute.

But Riley’s first, converted by Jarrod Sammut, put Wakefield ahead and that lead was extended to 12-4 on 20 minutes when Danny Washbrook crashed over for a Sammut-improved score.

Riley added a second but Warrington cut the deficit to six at the break when Joel Monaghan touched-down and Bridge converted.

Evans reduced the arrears further with a try early in the second period but Riley completed his hat-trick, Sammut adding the extras, as Trinity replied.

Stefan Ratchford’s self-improved try put Warrington within two points but back came Wakefield again and Jimmy Keinhorst pounced on Tim Smith’s kick to score.

Sammut added a penalty only for Ryan Atkins to score and close the gap to 28-26 with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Trinity finished with a flourish and Richard Mathers’ try, improved by Sammut, gave them some breathing space before Nick Scruton burst over the whitewash to clinch victory four minutes from time.