Match report: Dewsbury Rams v Wakefield Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats emerged victorious from a tough test against local rivals Dewsbury Rams at Tetley's Stadium as a mixture of youth and experience saw Super League's Wildcats through.

John Kear's side were without several key players as they stepped up their preparations for the new Super League season which is fast approaching.

The Rams fielded a strong side although key player Dominic Brambani was missing.

In what proved to be an error strewn first half both sides eventually got to grips with the wet and windy conditions and it was Wakefield who took control thanks to an early try from Daryl Millard who stepped his way through the defence to score. Josh Veivers goaled.

On the 20-minute mark Kieran Hyde found a way through for a try and he was followed moments later by debutant Frankie Mariano who evaded two tacklers to dive over and score.

Veivers added conversions to both tries for an 18-0 half-time lead to the visitors.

Aaron Murphy scored a trademark four pointer just after the interval with Veivers notching the extra two points but it was a much improved performance from Warren Jowitt's men in the second half that caught the eye as Anthony England and Rob Spicer showed good form with ball in hand.

Scott Turner and Luke Menzies darted over for the hosts and a goal from Pat Walker deservedly narrowed the gap.

Wakefield had the final word on the hooter as impressive full back Veivers raced clear to score and convert his own try as the Wildcats won 30-10 in a useful workout for both sides.

Dewsbury Rams: Craven, Wainwright, Faal, Turner, Buchanan, P.Walker, Wandless, England, Horton, Hirst, Spicer, Bibb, Roberts. Subs (all used): Hayes, J.Walker, Menzies, Tebb, Tonks, S.Glassell, Cosgrove, Brooks, Glynn.

Wakefield: Veivers, Penny, Dean, Millard, George, Hyde, Obst, Korkidas, Rinaldi, King, Henderson, Mariano, Howarth. Subs (all used): Wildie, Davey, Murphy, Trout, Spiers, Potts, Johnson.

Referee: Clint Sharrad.

Attendance: 1,009.

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