Wakefield Wildcats suffer defeat in first home game of Super League XVI

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats’ first home game of Super League XVI ended in defeat as Salford City Reds left the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with a comfortable 32-6 victory.

John Kear’s troops came into the game on the back of an impressive win at Catalans Dragons but they failed to replicate that form against Shaun McRae’s side.

It was Salford, looking for their first win of the season, who came flying out of the traps and opened up a 16-0 lead thanks to tries from Stephen Wild, Stefan Ratchford and Mark Henry, with Daniel Holdsworth successfully converting two of the three.

The visitors looked in control but Wildcats grabbed a lifeline mid-way through the first half when Tommy Lee spotted a gap in the Reds defence to cross under the posts, giving Josh Veivers a comfortable kick.

Wakefield started the second half strongly but they failed to further reduce the deficit against a well-organised Salford side.

Rob Parker all-but sealed Salford’s victory with the next try, Holdsworth adding the extras.

The visitors saw Ryan Boyle sin-binned for a late challenge on former Red Jeremy Smith, making his debut for Wakefield.

But they still managed to add two more tries late on, both in the space of three minutes, through Adam Sidlow and Henry, to complete their victory.

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