Trinity have never topped the Super League table in the competition’s 11-year history, and for coach John Kear today’s win at the KC Stadium must have been particularly enjoyable.
Last year’s Grand Finalists however, must be left wondering where it has all gone wrong, left as they are second to bottom in the table with just a point to their name – that, a home draw with Les Catalans Dragons.
The home side got off to the worst possible start, when Lee Radford’s loss of possession allowed Jamie Rooney to set up Jason Demetriou with a deft kick into the in-goal area after just two minutes of play.
At this point though, Hull still looked capable of the win: just minutes after the opening try Danny Tickle responded in kind, adding the conversion to edge his team 6-4 in front.
That, however, concluded the scoring as far as the Airlie Birds were concerned, and the rejuvenated Wildcats finished the opening forty minutes with a 12-6 lead thanks to a touch down from Paul March and two Rooney goals.
The Black and Whites made the better start after the half-time interval, but their finishing left much to be desired, and instead Brett Ferres’ try gave the visitors an unassailable lead.
As in previous weeks it was Rooney who set the seal on Wakefield’s success – a 75th-minute drop goal the concluding score of a game that made rugby league history.