Kirmond nets hat-trick as Wakefield Wildcats celebrate in style

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats players swarm all over skipper Danny Kirmond after he completes a hat-trick of tries against London Broncos in front of his home fans. PIC: GC Sports Photos
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats players swarm all over skipper Danny Kirmond after he completes a hat-trick of tries against London Broncos in front of his home fans. PIC: GC Sports Photos
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Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond grabbed an excellent hat-trick as the Wildcats celebrated their 140th anniversary in style with a convincing victory over an under-strength London side in front of a packed Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Roared on by 8,203 fans, the hosts set the tone with tries by Peter Fox and Richard Mathers from close range inside the first 12 minutes. Second-rower Kirmond then touched down twice – once either side of a Paul Sykes effort – with Lee Smith converting all five first-half tries.

The Broncos hit back before the break when Liam Colbon collected an excellent offload from debutant Harry Little.

Kieran Dixon’s double after the interval closed the Broncos’ deficit to 16 points, but Kirmond dived over for his treble after the hour mark and Frankie Mariano and Kyle Wood added further late scores for the Wildcats.

The home side took the lead early on when a free-flowing move down the right side exposed poor defending from Michael Channing, and Dean Collis supplied Fox to barge over in the corner.

Lee Smith converted from the touchline, and he added the two again when Mathers crossed from close range after he fooled the defence with a delightful dummy.

Collis then went off with a leg injury which forced Mariano into the right centre role. Another soft try was conceded by the Londoners midway through the first half as Kirmond went over from dummy-half.

Tim Smith came up with a special play to make it 24-0 four when he dummied, and his suspiciously forward looking pass was collected by Sykes for the converted score. Ali Lauitiiti was the victim of a dangerous throw on the half-hour by a number of Broncos players that included Mark Bryant.

A mix of strong play by Kirmond and poor visiting defence saw the second-rower power over despite the attention of four defenders to make it 30-0.

The Broncos finally crossed before half-time as Little, who performed well on his debut, used great footwork to get on the outside of his defender and provided a sublime one-handed flick pass for Colbon to dive over in the corner.

Mathers’ cut-out pass almost sent Fox over for his second after the break but a great tackle by Dixon prevented him. Dixon then surged over for a try after collecting a short ball from Luke Dorn, and Grady converted – hitting the Wildcats’ ice-cream van in the process – to reduce the deficit to 20.

The visitors then closed the gap further when Dixon rounded off Michael Robertson’s break with a fine finish down the left for his second, and 18th try of the season.

But with some great yardage carries by Fox and Cockayne, the Wildcats regained their strong advantage when Kirmond ran an excellent line to collect Smith’s pass for his hat-trick, and Mariano and Wood crossed late on to seal the rout.

wakefield trinity wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, L Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T Smith, Poore, Wildie, Amor, Mariano, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Lauitiiti, Wood, Wilkes, Raleigh.

london broncos: Robertson, Colbon, Channing, Little, Dixon, Sarginson, Dorn, Krasniqi, Wheeldon, Melling, Grady, Fairbank. Subs: Bryant, Bishay, Dollapi, Wicks.

Referee: Thierry Alibert (France).

Attendance: 8,203.

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