Miller magic seals Wakey win

A Jacob Miller drop goal from halfway was enough to seal a remarkable 25-24 win for Wakefield over Catalans in Newcastle.

Wakefield fought back twice to keep their winning run going after knocking off Catalans in a thriller at Magic Weekend.

Down 14-0 early, the Wildcats recovered to score three unanswered tries. But the Dragons hit back with a pair of four-pointers.

The scores were tied when Mickael Simon touched down in the 72nd minute. Pat Richards missed a penalty with four minutes left to give Catalans the win.

Up stepped Miller, who landed a field goal from distance to earn his impressive side a memorable victory.

Wakefield have now won nine of their past 10 fixtures in all competitions.

A strong run from Justin Horo out wide gave Catalans their first try in the 18th minute.

The Dragons next try was a classy one – Jodie Broughton finishing off a slick backline move.

In the 25th minute Catalans were in again as Tony Gigot got a hand on Thomas Bosch’s grubber. The French club had a 14-0 lead.

But Wakefield hit back through Ben Jones-Bishop after the winger scooped up a loose ball and raced away. It was a lucky break and took the score to 14-6.

The Wildcats threatened in the final minutes of the first half but couldn’t find a way through again.

But four minutes into the second half and Jones-Bishop added his second, diving over on the right wing with an acrobatic leap.

Liam Finn nailed the conversion from the sideline and the gap was now just two points.

Wakefield were on a roll and in the 51st minute Michael Sio crashed over near the sticks. Finn’s kick put them in the lead 14-18.

Catalans responded quickly, Vincent Duport barging over to tie it back up 18-18. Pat Richards put the Dragons back in the lead by two with his conversion.

Then in the 59th minite Broughton got his second try of the day as Catalans went to a six-point buffer ahead.

But with eight minutes leftl Simon crashed over against his former club. Finn’s kick was good and the scores were tied at 24-24.

It was then Miller’s turn to play hero.

 

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