Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will need to improve from Sunday’s 24-10 loss at Sheffield Eagles when they host Bradford Bulls in the Super 8s Million Pound Game on Saturday.
With Bulls having lost to Halifax 24 hours earlier, Wildcats went into last weekend’s trip to Eagles knowing that they were assured of home advantage in the Million Pound Game but the visitors were below par for the clash with their Championship opponents.
It was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Scott Turner crossed and the Eagles went 10-0 up seven minutes later thanks to Cory Aston’s converted touch-down.
Skipper Danny Kirmond marked his return to Wakefield’s ranks with a try soon after only for Eagles to hit back with Menzie Yere’s score, improved by Dominic Brambani.
Ben Kavanagh reduced the deficit to six with a try on the stroke of half-time, goaled by Joe Arundel, but a fight-back from Trinity failed to materialise after the break.
Pat Walker added a penalty to the hosts’ tally and Eagles secured the win when Quentin Laulu-Togagae crossed the whitewash eight minutes from time.