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
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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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