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Sunday 27th July 2014, 15:00 - Round:22
|Rhys Evans 2, Joel Monaghan, Stefan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins,||T||Chris Riley 3, Danny Washbrook, Jimmy Keinhorst, Richard Mathers, Nick Scruton,|
Chris Bridge, Stefan Ratchford 2,
Jarrod Sammut 6,
Attendance: 9,252 Official: T Roby Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Chris Riley scored a hat-trick of tries against parent club Warrington Wolves as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats kept their top-eight hopes alive with a 40-26 victory.
Riley, who has been on loan at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium after playing for Warrington in their opening game of the season, crossed twice in the first half and added another after the break to stun the Wolves.
Richard Mathers, another ex-Warrington player, scored the Wildcats' sixth try to seal a deserved win for Wakefield - their first against the Wolves in 10 attempts.
Warrington had won their last 10 matches before their 28-14 derby defeat at Widnes Vikings but welcomed back Richie Myler and Jimmy Laithwaite to the bench after two-month injury absences.
Joel Monaghan and Ben Harrison also returned after missing the Vikings defeat.
Wakefield boss James Webster recalled Jarrod Sammut at stand off with Matty Wildie back on the bench.
The Wolves scored arguably the quickest try of the season with Rhys Evans finishing off a full-length-of-the-field move after only 30 seconds.
Gareth O'Brien sent Ben Currie away after the first drive and Evans was too quick for the Wakefield defence.
But a former Warrington duo combined to fire Wakefield ahead in the ninth minute as they recovered from their shaky start.
Mathers joined the line to put Riley over in the corner with Sammut booting the touchline conversion.
The Wolves failed to capitalise on Andy Raleigh's late tackle on O'Brien with the outstanding Tim Smith intercepting a kick from the scrum half to relieve the danger.
Wakefield stunned Warrington after Smith's break with Danny Washbrook scattering defenders and almost demolishing the post before crashing over. Sammut's conversion made it 12-4 midway through the first half.
The Wolves were still recovering when Sammut's cheeky ball steal allowed Paul McShane to engineer a second try for Riley.
But a Mathers blunder from an O'Brien kick gifted Joel Monaghan his 22nd First Utility Super League try of the season with Bridge's conversion reducing the arrears to 16-10 eight minutes before the break.
Wakefield lost hard-working skipper Danny Kirmond after a heavy knock and Warrington could have been back on level terms if Gene Ormsby had been able to take a difficult pass from Bridge.
But there was no excuse for Ormsby dropping another Bridge pass with the line open to leave his side trailing by six points at the interval.
Warrington made another flying start to the second half with the same O'Brien and Currie combination creating a second try for Evans but Bridge was off target with the goal attempt.
Wakefield continued to pile on the pressure with Wolves boss Tony Smith bringing on Myler to try and add zip to their attack.
But Riley completed his treble after Jimmy Keinhorst's break saw quick hands from Ali Lauitiiti and Reece Lyne put the winger over in the corner with Sammut adding the extras.
Determined Wildcats defence prevented old boy Westwood crashing over before Stefan Ratchford collected his own neat kick ahead to score near the posts and convert his own try to cut the gap to 22-20.
It was still anybody's game, but a storming burst by Andy Raleigh allowed Keinhorst to touch down from Smith's kick and give Wakefield a six-point lead on the hour.
Wakefield were forced to produce a top defensive effort to keep out Warrington and opened an eight-point cushion when Sammut slotted over a penalty for a dangerous tackle by Paul Wood and Myler on Raleigh.
There was never a dull moment with the Wolves giving themselves a chance 10 minutes from time with Ryan Atkins collecting Ratchford's kick to make it 28-26.
It was Wakefield, though, who scored the next crucial try with Mathers taking Smith's pass to round Wood before Sammut's fifth goal restored the eight-point advantage after 75 minutes.
Nick Scruton took McShane's pass to wrap up a superb victory four minutes from time.
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