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Sunday 4th May 2014, 15:00 - Round:18
|Danny Houghton, Jordan Rankin, Ben Crooks,||T||Richard Mathers, Daniel Smith, Lucas Walshaw, Jarrod Sammut,|
Ben Crooks 2,
Jarrod Sammut 3,
Attendance: 10,088 Official: T Roby Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats produced a stunning fightback to end a run of five successive First Utility Super League defeats with a 23-16 victory over Hull FC in a feisty match at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites appeared to be on course for a routine win at 16-0 up but Wakefield dug deep to score 23 unanswered points and leave their hosts stunned.
Both sides had last weekend off after falling at the first hurdle in the Tetley's Challenge Cup and it showed as they struggled for fluidity with ball in hand in the face of committed defence.
It took two pieces of good play by Hull to break Wakefield’s resolve in a first half of few chances.
Josh Bowden laid on the opening try for Danny Houghton before Jordan Rankin supported a good break by Aaron Heremaia to score Hull’s second try two minutes from the break.
Ben Crooks and Richard Mathers exchanged tries before tempers flared and Wakefield’s comeback gathered momentum.
Daniel Smith and Lucas Walshaw crossed in quick succession before Jarrod Sammut scored the game-breaking try and Paul Sykes popped over a one-pointer.
After an uneventful opening Wakefield were caught in possession on halfway on the last tackle and that laid the platform for Hull to break the deadlock on 18 minutes, Houghton receiving a brilliant offload by Bowden to go under the sticks.
The Black and Whites continued to enjoy the better of proceedings and they looked to have extended their lead when Dean Hadley touched down after a kick was fumbled in Wakefield’s in-goal, only for referee Tim Roby to pull them back for a knock-on.
Hull did not have to wait long for their second try as Heremaia cut Wakefield open down the middle before passing inside to give Rankin a clear run to the line for his seventh try of the season.
Crooks made it two from two with the boot to give the home side a 12-0 half-time lead.
Wakefield were given a let-off at the start of the second half when Chris Tuson knocked on as he attempted to put the ball over the line but they were not so fortunate just minutes later.
Jamie Shaul got on the outside of his man and squeezed a questionable pass out to Crooks who juggled before touching the ball down in the corner.
The Wildcats responded positively and gave themselves hope in the 57th minute when Mathers crossed out wide after good play by Danny Kirmond and Matt Ryan.
Both sides were temporarily reduced to 12 men after Jason Crookes and Chris Riley traded blows and that altercation appeared to lift the visitors further.
A barnstorming run by Smith ended with him plonking the ball over the line before Walshaw went over in the corner after a break by former Hull forward Danny Washbrook on his 200th career appearance.
Sammut landed the conversion from out wide to level the scores at 16-16 and set up a thrilling final 15 minutes.
Harry Siejka sent a drop goal wide and Crooks did likewise with a penalty before Sammut went over at the end of a sparkling passage of play by the Wildcats with eight minutes remaining.
Sykes sent over a drop goal from range to seal the points for Richard Agar’s men.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals