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Sunday 4th March 2012, 15:00 - Round:5
|Kirk Yeaman, Will Sharp,||T||Ben Cockayne, Kyle Wood,|
Danny Tickle 3,
Attendance: Official: S Ganson Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar was denied the triumphant return to the KC Stadium he had hoped for after seeing his side narrowly beaten by Hull FC.
Agar was sacked by new Hull owner Adam Pearson at the end of last season following seven years at the club, more than three of those as head coach.
But his successor, Australian Peter Gentle, was the one celebrating as Hull maintained their unbeaten home record with a solid display in woeful weather conditions.
With both sides scoring two tries, it was a penalty and a conversion from second row Danny Tickle which proved the difference.
For Agar, more pressing matters than beating his former side will be his focus as Wakefield search for a first win since beating Stobart Super League newcomers Widnes Vikings in the opening game of the season.
Torrential rain, which soon turned to snow, meant conditions were atrocious at the KC Stadium, but both sides creditably kept errors to a minimum.
Hull in particular showed a desire to stay with the new expansive approach brought in by former Wests Tigers and Australia assistant coach Gentle.
It was an approach that brought mixed rewards, but helped by a solid defensive display and a much-improved kicking game, Hull won the territorial battle and turned that into an eight-point advantage at half-time.
Richard Horne’s kicking had already put Hull on the front foot and when the stand-off surprised the Wakefield defence with an inch-perfect kick to the corner, England centre Kirk Yeaman was first to react to score his third try of the season.
A high tackle on Sam Moa, returning from a week’s suspension after being punished himself for a reckless challenge, handed Tickle the chance to extend Hull’s lead with a simple penalty.
With an eight-point lead Gentle’s men finally started to play the conditions more and kept Wakefield frustrated with their percentage rugby.
The Wildcats were themselves trying to keep things simple but found life much harder having to start the majority of their sets deep in their own territory.
Chances were few and far between and Hull looked the most likely to score, duly doing so when Will Sharp took a good pass by Tony Martin.
Hull were now in control and heading for a first clean sheet in six years, but the Wildcats still had some bite left in them and staged a rousing comeback to almost snatch the points.
First former Hull KR favourite Ben Cockayne took pleasure in spoiling the party with a late try after a mistake by Hull full-back Wade McKinnon.
And with five minutes remaining Kyle Wood scored after another scramble in front of the Hull posts.
A nervy finish ensued, but the hosts were able to hang on for a win that with 10 minutes to go had never looked in doubt.
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