First Utility Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats claim late win
Last Updated: 09/05/14 10:24pm
Paul Sykes: match-winning try
Paul Sykes scored a last-gasp try as Wakefield grabbed a thrilling 24-18 win over in-form Widnes at the Stobart Stadium.
Sykes raced over on the last play of the match to hand the Vikings a first defeat in four.
Wakefield, who had lost their previous six league and cup games before last week's win at Hull, had the early bonus of a 40-20 by Jarrod Sammut with only determined defence keeping out Lucas Walshaw.
The Wildcats took the lead with a stunning try after Widnes should have gone in front but Macgraff Leuluai opted not to pass to the supporting Jon Clarke.
When Kevin Brown threw out a loose pass on the Wakefield line, Sammut swooped on the ball to sprint 80 metres before sending Chris Riley over.
Sammut tagged on the conversion to make it 6-0 after seven minutes.
Walshaw was proving a real handful for Widnes down the left channel and sub Richard Moore made his presence felt with a thundering tackle.
Moore did even better after 19 minutes, charging through two defenders to increase the lead to 12-0 with his first try since returning from Leeds.
The advantage was no more than Wakefield deserved after their bright opening.
But Widnes finally broke the Wildcats defence with Brown and Stefan Marsh combining for Hulme to cross in the corner, with Danny Tickle's conversion attempt going over off the post.
Brown's growing influence lifted Widnes but Wakefield missed a chance to increase the lead when Sammut was off target with a penalty after Moore had the ball illegally stolen.
Widnes piled on the pressure before the break with Tickle held over the line before Brown's long pass put Paddy Flynn over in the corner.
Tickle again struck the touchline conversion to draw the Vikings level.
Sammut booted the restart dead to give Tickle a penalty chance from the half way line but the ex-Wigan and Hull forward was just wide with the long range effort.to leave it 12-12 at half-time.
Hulme struck again two minutes after the restart after collecting Danny Craven's neat kick to plunge over with Tickle kicking the conversion.
Wakefield refused to lie down and were back on level terms with Harry Siejka plunging over and Sammut adding the goal to make it 18-18.
It was a rousing contest with play switching from end to end and Flynn going close again from another teasing Brown kick.
Paul McShane was held up close to the Vikings line.with Sykes missing a drop goal attempt for Wakefield after 73 minutes before Craven was off target for Widnes.
Tickle then missed a penalty and drop-goal for Widnes before Pita Godinet was short with a one-point effort.
Then up popped Sykes to step in with his match-winning effort.
First Utility Super League
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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
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