Wakefield Wildcats demolish Catalan Dragons

Taulima Tautai
Taulima Tautai
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats recorded their first win of the First Utility Super League season thanks to a thumping 56-14 victory over Catalan Dragons.

The visitors were poor in the first period and Trinity took full advantage to open-up a 32-0 lead before the break.

After a rather nervy opening 10 minutes, Taulima Tautai got the hosts going with the first try. Jarrod Sammut added the goal and he added a penalty to make it 8-0 midway through the half.

Tautai raced over for his second try, improved by Sammut, a minute later and Tautai put Jon Molloy over for Wildcats’ third touch-down on 23 minutes.

Sammut continued his perfect record with the boot to add the conversion and he was also on target with the goals following a quick-fire brace from Reece Lyne that put Trinity in total control at the break.

The one-way traffic continued after the break, Pita Godinet scoring two in seven minutes and Sammut’s metronomic kicking display was maintained with two goals to make it 44-0.

The Dragons’ fans finally had something to cheer on 62 minutes when Elliot Whitehead crossed for an unconverted score and the visitors went over again seven minutes later as Leon Pryce side-stepped his way over, William Barthau converting to make it 44-10.

However, the joy was short-lived for the Dragons as Daniel Smith latched onto Paul McShane’s grubber kick to score and Sammut goaled to bring up the half-century for the hosts.

With five minutes remaining, Richard Mathers’ pass put Paul Sykes in for Trinity’s ninth try of the day, Sammut again adding the extras, to make it 56-10.

Whitehead bagged his second try in the final minute but it was little more than a consolation.