Sunday, 23 June 2013

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 46 v London Broncos 14 - Rugby League, Super League

Sunday 23rd June 2013
at Belle Vue/the Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Rugby League, Super League, Round 19
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (30) 46
Tries: Fox 4, Mathers 13, Kirmond 21, 38, 66, Sykes 24, Mariano 73, Wood 76.
Goals: Smith 7 from 8
London Broncos (4) 14
Tries: Colbon 40, Dixon 52, 58.
Goal: Grady 1 from 3
Admission, £10 on the day, or £5 if booked in advance
Programme £2.50, Attendance 8,203
Super League table following today's matches
Left click on any of the pictures for enlarged versions
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats:
Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Poore, Wildie, Amor, Mariano, Kirmond, Washbrook.
Replacements - Lauitiiti, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh.
London Broncos:
Robertson, Colbon, Channing, Little, Dixon, Sarginson, Dorn, Krasniqi, Fisher, Wheeldon, Melling, Grady, Fairbank.
Replacements - Bryant, Bishay, Dollapi, Wicks.
Match report from the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats website
140 balloons were released as Wakey entered the field of play,
to mark Wakefield Trinity's 140th birthday
Match report from London Broncos website
Match report from BBC Sport website
THE66POW neutral overview
A straightforward home win for 'Wakey'.
There was no way back for London after the break, once the home side had amassed a 30-0 lead, before Liam Colbon took a Harry Little pass in the dying seconds of the first half, to touch down for an unconverted try.
While Wakefield were on cruise control, the injury depleted Broncos struggled to find any cohesion or make ant headway from the outset, though they did improve after half time.
HT 30-4
Kieramn Dixon's brace of second half tries for London, were both exceptional efforts, but the visitors had too big a hill to climb following a one sided first half and they never looked likely to aspire to anything more than mastering the art of damage limitation.
But after the flurry of activity from the Broncos, Wakefield took over again and finished the game strongly.
Danny Kirkmond was unplayable at times, as he claimed his hat trick and Lee Smith's kicking was virtually flawless as he successfully converted seven out of his eight kicks.
To put things into perspective, the visitors had to make a whole lot of changes to their pack today.
Three of the visitors team, were making their debuts, including the youngsters Harry Little and Joel Wicks. And that lack of familiarity showed in the first half, as Wakefield showed no mercy to the Londoners plight and put in a solid, professional and focused performance.
The Broncos looked lively and more aggressive after the restart, but there resistance ran out of steam and the home side finished the game comfortably on top.
FT 46-14
It's a goal! And ten points to the Broncos
The Broncos supporters who'd made the journey to West Yorkshire were good for a laugh. I'd guess having a decent grip on humility, combined with an highly amusing display of gallows humour, helps to get them through the vast majority of games they watch.
Friday night's Castleford Tigers 30 v Hull FC 28 epic encounter, might have made for a more intriguing end to end epic, which kept the suspense going right until the very last moment, but this afternoon's 140th Anniversary afternoon for Wakefield Trinity, was still wholly enjoyable.
Belle Vue/the Rapid Solicitors Stadium - A panoramic view