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Hyde boots Wakefield to thrilling victory over Hull KR

Kieran Hyde kicked a penalty after the final hooter to give Wakefield Trinity Wildcats a thrilling victory in an Engage Super League match at home to Hull KR.
Hyde boots Wakefield to thrilling victory over Hull KR
by NRL

Kieran Hyde kicked a penalty after the final hooter to give Wakefield Trinity Wildcats a thrilling victory in an Engage Super League match at home to Hull KR.

The Wildcats had dominated for most of the game and after a Chris Dean double had led 20-6 with half an hour remaining.

But Rovers piled on 18 unanswered points with Kris Welham, Ben Cockayne and Blake Green crossing to give their side a four-point lead with five minutes remaining.

The Wildcats hit back though with Josh Griffin touching down in the corner following a superb chip kick from Tommy Lee and the drama intensified further in the final moments.

Rovers, whose performance was undermined by silly errors throughout the game, lost the ball deep in their half and with seconds left were penalised to allow Hyde to secure a first Wildcats home win since the opening round.

Wakefield failed to score in their home defeat to Wigan Warriors on Monday but they were deservedly first over the line after just eight minutes.

The Wildcats had already made a couple of driving forward forays and while Glenn Morrison was held up just short after running onto a clever inside pass from Lee, Kyle Amor immediately pushed his way over.

The visitors rarely ventured into the Wildcats half in the opening period and wasted their first break when, after Welham raced 30 yards and set free Cockayne, the full-back overlooked options outside and was floored by opposite number Matt Blaymire.

Cockayne made up for the error soon after when he was perfectly placed to receive a Green pass, after some quick footwork, to score next to the post.

It was the only time Rovers threatened for the remainder of the half as errors inside their own half cost them field position.

The visitors gave up the ball 30 yards from their line after an incorrect play on the ball and while Dean was held up from the next set of tackles, he was soon over when he shrugged off Michael Dobson to touch down.

Griffin missed the extra points to leave his side only 8-6 ahead despite their dominance.

Rovers looked intent on giving their hosts opportunities with poor handling forcing them into yet more defending but Wakefield lacked a cutting edge to go into half-time only just ahead.

The Wildcats were rewarded, however, with a pair of tries in the 10 minutes after half-time. Dean barged over for his second after Rovers knocked on deep in their own territory before Murphy completed an eye-catching try.

The Wildcats put the ball through a set of hands before Murphy pushed too easily through three tackles to score. Hyde, now with the kicking duties, converted to make the score 20-6 with 30 minutes remaining and there looked no way back for Rovers.

But from nowhere they scored twice in 10 minutes.

Dobson first set Welham free to score out wide before quick hands from the Australian and his half-back partner Green sent Cockayne through for his second to reduce the margin to two points.

The contest stepped up a notch after the early melees and the Wildcats were twice held up just short by some stout defence before Rovers hit them with a breakaway try.

It was a score from nothing as they ran from their own 20 with Scott Wheeldon making the initial break before offloading for Green to stumble over.

There was further drama though as Wakefield drew level with five minutes remaining as Lee chipped a delightful kick for Griffin who jumped to grab it and touched down.

Hyde missed a difficult chance to put his side ahead but he made no mistake when presented with a far easier chance after the hooter.


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