Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers scores four tries as Wildcats power to victory

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Richie Mathers grabbed four tries as Wakefield continued their good Super League form by thumping London Broncos 50-22 in the capital.

Richie Mathers grabbed four tries as Wakefield continued their good Super League form by thumping London Broncos 50-22 in the capital.

Mathers struck twice in each half as the Wildcats made it back-to-back wins with a confident display, running in nine tries to sentence the Londoners to a fifth straight defeat.

Wakefield, fresh from destroying Catalan Dragons a week ago, started the brighter and took the lead on seven minutes, Mathers finishing after Pita Godinet had been held just short.

And within two minutes Mathers had added his second, the full-back romping home after Taulima Tautai had broken through the Broncos defence.

The hosts succeeded in slowing the tempo of the game, but were offering precious little in terms of attack.

The Londoners finally got on the board on 24 minutes, on loan Leeds Rhino Thomas Minns finishing after Scott Moore and James Cunningham had combined well. But the Wildcats almost instantly eased 12 points clear once again, Jarrod Sammut seizing on a loose ball to stride clear unopposed.

Wakefield were in the ascendency once more, Collis running in their fourth try just after the half hour when he rounded off good work from Godinet.

It was far too easy for the Wildcats, Reece Lyne the next to score when he took an offload from Ali Lauitiiti to race home.

Paul Sykes appeared off the bench for the visitors to open the second half, making his 300th appearance in the process.

But it was Mathers grabbing the headlines, shrugging off some woeful tackles to bundle over the line to complete his hat-trick on 48 minutes. The Wildcats eased off after that, seemingly content to sit on their lead and take a breather.

And that offered the Broncos the chance to conjure up their second score, Solomona finishing neatly after Ben Farrar had taken out the Wakefield defence with a looping pass.

Normal service was resumed on 65 minutes though, Collis adding his second as he bounced off a series of would-be tacklers to crash over at the posts. Five minutes later Solomona showed his finishing instincts once again when he crossed after good handling from Farrar and Mason Caton-Brown.

There was still time for Wakefield to chalk up their eighth try, Godinet pouncing on another loose ball to stroll over.

London skipper Matt Cook then muscled his way over after a Cunningham pass with five minutes to play, but Mathers was to have the final word when he shrugged off more poor tackling to surge over from close range.

London Broncos: Farrar; O’Callaghan, Minns, Caton-Brown, Solomona; Cunningham, Drinkwater; Slyney, Moore, Krasniqi, McMeeken, Cook, Foster. Subs: Forster, Greenwood, Bishay, Vea.

Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers; Fox, Collis, Lyne, Riley; Sammut, Godinet; Anderson, McShane, Scruton, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Tautai. Subs: Wildie, Ryan, Sykes, Smith.

Referee: Phil Bentham (RFL).

Attendance: 1,017.

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