Wakefield had no real problems getting past Halifax at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday evening. The scoreline at half-time favoured the Wildcats by two scores (18-6) but Fax were still very much in the contest. However, the visitors lacked bite in attack and it showed on the scoreboard. It took eight minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Michael Sio was the try-scorer for the hosts out of dummy-half, a good start by Trinity but they needed to keep the momentum going. That’s something they failed to do. Three minutes later came the leveller for Halifax, and it came through young winger Jake Eccleston in the corner. Tyrer converted to make the score 6-6. Wakefield scored on two occasions inside the final ten minutes of the first period. The go-ahead try was very fortunate as Sio pounced for his double after Godinet’s kick ricocheted off the post padding and into his path. French prop forward Mickael Simon showed enough strength to power over from close range on 37 minutes. There wasn’t many points recorded in the second half in West Yorkshire, Joe Arundel restarted the scoring with a penalty goal in the 52nd minute, leaving Halifax with a lot of work to do to claw back the deficit. Anthony Mullally crushed any hope of a Fax fightback on 68 minutes, the Leeds-bound forward unlocked the visitors’ defence after powerfully running on to a short ball. Scott Murrell bagged a consolation try for Halifax with three minutes remaining but the final say belonged to Wakefield, and Max Jowitt who broke downfield after the ball was turned over.
Prediction – Wakefield by 10
Result – Wakefield by 22
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