Super League: Wakefield Wildcats continue good form with win over Widnes Vikings
Last Updated: 09/07/13 12:39am
In-form Wakefield Wildcats have the play-offs in their sight once more after brushing aside Widnes Vikings 24-14 to register a fourth successive win.
The Wildcats, who produced a club Super League record seven-match winning run to reach the play-offs last season, overcame the loss of Paul Sykes and Dean Collis before half-time to maintain their momentum.
Widnes had their moments in the first half but they finished a well-beaten team and there was the sad sight towards the end of their fans becoming involved in a brawl with home supporters.
It took Wakefield just three minutes to open the scoring as centre Collis timed his run to perfection to touch down Richard Mathers' grubber kick to register his 12th try of the season.
Lee Smith added the goal to make it 6-0 but the Vikings hit back on eight minutes when left winger Patrick Ah Van took stand-off Kevin Brown's cut-out pass to cross unopposed at the corner and he would have had a second try had he been able to take Rhys Hanbury's pass.
Widnes were on top at that stage but Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond, playing with painkillers to defy a finger injury, kept his side in front with two more examples of his inspirational bravery.
He came up with an ankle tap to halt the dangerous Hanbury in full flow and then chased back to bring down Hep Cahill after the Widnes forward had gone 50 metres on a run from deep inside his own half.
Collis went off with a leg injury shortly after scoring his try and Wakefield also lost stand-off Paul Sykes, with both men spotted on crutches during the interval.
But Wakefield turned adversity to their advantage as the early introduction of Ali Lauitiiti from the bench, allied to the switch of Frankie Mariano from the pack, added a cutting edge to their left-sided attack.
The veteran New Zealander dummied his way over for his side's second try on 29 minutes and almost put through Ben Cockayne just before half-time with some more slick ball play.
Trailing 12-4 at the break, Widnes thought they were back in it when Hanbury touched down a Brown high kick but video referee Steve Ganson disallowed the try for obstruction by Ah Van and that signalled the end of the game as a contest.
Within 10 minutes, Wakefield had scored two more converted tries, largely through the efforts of England squad man Cockayne. The former Hull KR favourite, who was the subject of a bid from his old club last week, made the most of a free play after Macgraff Leuluai had knocked on, sprinting into space and finding Mariano on his inside.
Mariano then turned trymaker, producing a delightful offload to release Cockayne and replacement hooker Mattie Wildie was in support to score his first Super League try of the season. Lee Smith kicked his fourth goal from as many attempts but Widnes at least finished with a flurry.
Brown put his brother-in-law Gareth Hock through a hole in the Wildcats defence on the hour and he finished off at the corner while Hanbury deservedly got a try four minutes from the end, with Jack Owens kicking his only goal from three attempts.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round 21
Wakefield will be without stand-off Paul Sykes for six weeks after he suffered a fractured fibula against Widnes.
Stevo hailed Wakefield's defence after the Wildcats beat Widnes to record a fourth win on the spin.
Wakefield have the Super League play-offs in their sights once more after brushing aside Widnes 24-14.
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