Wakefield Wildcats defeat Hull FC in Gareth Ellis testimonial

Gareth Ellis
Gareth Ellis

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ended their pre-season fixture list with a resounding 46-10 win over Hull FC in the Gareth Ellis Testimonial clash at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Hull skipper Ellis was given a tremendous ovation from the 2,281 crowd on his return to his former club but he was unable to inspire a victory for the Black and Whites, who were made to pay for individual errors.

After a cagy start in the opening 10 minutes, the game came to life when Josh Bowden unleashed a big hit on Trinity loose forward Mickael Simon.

A groggy Simon was replaced but Trinity set-up camp on the Hull line and a pass along the backs resulted in winger Richard Owen strolling over in the corner.

Full-back Craig Hall missed the goal but the hosts were back on the attack two minutes later, Tom Lineham knocked-on fielding a routine kick and from the resulting scrum, Wakefield launched another raid.

The defence was quickly breached when, once again, the ball was fed along the backs to the right wing where Hall touched-down to make it 8-0.

Hull were their own worse enemies from the kick-off, Curtis Naughton’s kick going out on the full and Wakefield marched upfield to put more pressure on the visitors.

The Black and Whites repelled the initial pressure but a knock-on from Tim Smith’s grubber gifted Trinity a scrum and this time, the home attack prevailed, Danny Washbrook powering through tackles to score.

Hall was on target with the goal and he repeated the feat six minutes later when Daniel Smith crossed.

Hull’s inability to deal with a high kick proved costly seven minutes before the break and following Ali Lauitiiti’s unorthodox offload, Wildcats went over again through Nick Scruton. Hall added the goal.

The visitors finished the half strongly and Jordan Thompson was held up over the line before Naughton’s kick-through bounced up into the hands of Jack Logan, who touched-down, to make it 24-4 on the stroke of half-time.

Hull continued their purple patch into the second half and within a minute of the restart, Jordan Abdull’s break and nice pass sent Lineham racing over. Sneyd’s goal cut the deficit to 14 points.

But Wakefield stormed back with three tries in five minutes from Jacob Miller, Jarrod Sammut and Tom Johnstone, two converted by Hall, to give the hosts a 40-10 lead with 15 minutes left.

The hosts had the final say with six minutes remaining, Jon Molloy’s incisive break in midfield resulting in Nick Scruton barging over for his second, Sammut converting.

Wakefield Wildcats: Craig Hall, Richard Owen, Dean Collis, Reece Lyne, Chris Riley, Jacob Miller, Tim Smith, Nick Scruton, Paul McShane, Lopini Paea, Danny Washbrook, Danny Kirmond, Mickael Simon. Bench: Scott Anderson, Pita Godinet, Daniel Smith, Matt Ryan, Jarrod Sammut, Tom Johnstone, Ali Lauitiiti, Jon Molloy, Chris Annakin, Kyle Trout.

Hull FC: Curtis Naughton, Tom Lineham, Joe Arundel, Jack Logan, Callum Lancaster, Jordan Abdull, Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, James Cunningham, Chris Green, Gareth Ellis, Dean Hadley, Jordan Thompson. Bench: Iafeta Paleaaesina, Bobby Tyson-Wilson, Harry Tyson-Wilson, Richard Whiting, Stuart Howarth, Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Jamie Shaul, Callum Smith.