Wakefield Wildcats 44 Hull KR 24: Riley and Miller put the Robins in a flap

Jacob Miller is congratulated after scoring his first try for Wakefield.
Jacob Miller is congratulated after scoring his first try for Wakefield.
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WINGER Chris Riley and stand-off Jacob Miller both scored hat-tricks as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats demolished Hull KR 44-24 to make it two wins from two.

Wakefield led only 22-18 at the start of the final quarter, but Riley – who had already had a fine game – crossed on 61, 70 and 72 minutes to ensure a precious win.

All three of Riley’s tries came off passes by his centre Reece Lyne, Miller’s half-back partner Tim Smith was also influential for Wildcats and Craig Hall put the boot into his former club with six conversions.

Miller scored two tries in as many minutes at the end of the first half to send Wakefield in with a 16-12 advantage.

Albert Kelly’s try gave Rovers the lead after just seven minutes. He launched a kick from inside his own half, it took a wicked bounce away from Hall and the scrum-half followed up to gather and race between the posts.

Josh Mantellato landed the first of his four conversions, but Wakefield were level almost immediately when acting-half Paul McShane dabbed through a well-weighted kick and Matty Ashurst pounced for a debut try.

Wakefield are shaping up as a good attacking team, though they need to work on their defence.

Eight minutes before the break Riley produced a superb tackle to deny Ken Sio what looked like a certain try, but Tyrone McCarthy went over for a converted try from first receiver.

It looked like Wakefield would trail at the break, but a loose pass by Kelly 40 metres from his own line was snapped up by Miller, who had too much pace for the visiting defence.

Lopini Paea won a penalty in the set from the re-start and that led to Miller going over again, from close-range to complete the first half scoring.

Ten minutes after the break Danny Kirmond powered through a hole created by Tim Smith’s brilliant pass and only a try-saving tackle by Ben Cockayne on Richard Owen in the next set kept Rovers in the game.

The former Wakefield man slid Owen into touch and Sio crossed in the set from the scrum, Mantellato’s conversion reducing the gap to four points.

Then it became the Riley show as he went over for similar touchdowns in the left corner before finishing off after Lyne had supported Pita Godinet’s long-range break.

Bailey scored a consolation try on his Robins debut, but Miller completed a deserved hat-trick when he backed up a typical charge by Ali Lauitiiti.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Hall, Riley, Collis, Lyne, Owen, Miller, T Smith, D Smith, McShane, Scruton, Kirmond, Ashurst, Washbrook. Subs (all used): Godinet, Lauitiiti, Anderson, Paea.

Hull Kingston Rovers: Cockayne, Mantellato, Salter, Goulding, Sio, Campese, Kelly, Walker, Carlile, Allgood, McCarthy, Horne, Burke. Subs (all used): Blair, Green, Bailey, Boudezba.

Referee: Tom Roby.

Attendance: 5,320.