Wakefield Wildcats: Cats make it a day to forget for Ellis’ Hull

Hull FC's Gareth Ellis.
Hull FC's Gareth Ellis.
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ended pre-season with a resounding 46-10 win over Hull FC in the Gareth Ellis testimonial at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Hull skipper Ellis was given a tremendous ovation from the 2,281 crowd on his return to his former club but he was unable to inspire a victory for the Black and Whites, who were made to pay for individual errors.

After a cagy start, the game came to life when Josh Bowden unleashed a big hit on Trinity loose forward Mickael Simon.

A groggy Simon was replaced but Trinity set-up camp on the Hull line and a pass along the backs resulted in winger Richard Owen strolling over in the corner.

Full-back Craig Hall missed the goal but made amends soon after when the ball was fed along the backs to the right wing where he touched-down.

Hull were their own worst enemies from the kick-off, Curtis Naughton’s kick going out on the full and Wakefield marched upfield to put more pressure on the visitors. The Black and Whites repelled the initial pressure but a knock-on from Tim Smith’s grubber gifted Trinity a scrum and this time, the home attack prevailed, Danny Washbrook powering through tackles to score.

Hall was on target with the goal and he repeated the feat six minutes later when Daniel Smith crossed.

Hull’s inability to deal with a high kick proved costly seven minutes before the break and following Ali Lauitiiti’s unorthodox offload, Wildcats went over through Nick Scruton. Hall added the goal.

The visitors finished the half strongly and Jordan Thompson was held up over the line before Naughton’s kick-through bounced up into the hands of Jack Logan, who touched-down, to make it 24-4 on the stroke of half-time.

Within a minute of the restart, Jordan Abdull’s break and nice pass sent Lineham racing over, Sneyd’s goal cutting the deficit to 14 points.

But Wakefield stormed back with three tries in five minutes from Jacob Miller, Jarrod Sammut and Tom Johnstone, two converted by Hall.

And they had the final say six minutes from time, Jon Molloy’s incisive break resulting in Scruton barging over for his second of the game, Sammut converting.

Wakefield Wildcats: Hall, Owen, Collis, Lyne, Riley, Miller, T Smith, Scruton, McShane, Paea, Washbrook, Kirmond, Simon. Substitutes: Anderson, Godinet, D Smith, Ryan, Sammut, Johnstone, Lauitiiti, Molloy, Annakin, Trout.

Hull FC: Naughton, Lineham, Arundel, Jack Logan, Lancaster, Abdull, Sneyd, Bowden, Cunningham, Green, Ellis, Hadley, Thompson. Substitutes: Paleaaesina, Tyson-Wilson, Tyson-Wilson, Whiting, Howarth, Turgut, Downs, Fash, Shaul, C Smith.

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