Rooney managed to convert just one of his side's four tries, missing a touchline conversion right at the death which would have rescued a point for the Wildcats, who fell to a 20-18 defeat despite outscoring Hull four tries to three.
It really was a game to savour for the 7,142 crowd at Belle Vue, with the lead changing hands on several occasions throughout the game. It was Wakefield who got the first points on the board, Ben Jeffries' grubber kick rebounding off a defender and back in to his gleeful hands, allowing the scrum half to cross the line. Rooney goaled for 6-0.
Shayne McMenemy was then allowed to stretch over to get Hull on the scoreboard, converted by Tickle, before Thackeray's moment of magic allowed Hull to take the lead for the first time, Tickle again converting.
The game swung the other way when Jason Golden ploughed through the defence, but Rooney had clearly left his kicking boots at home. The same can't be said for his opposite number Tickle though, who landed penalty just before half time to give the visitors a 14-10 advantage at the break.
Ryan Atkins clawed the Wildcats back in to the game four minutes after the restart, although Tickle's second penalty meant Hull still edged two points in front. Kirk Yeaman then gave the visitors a 6 point lead, crossing in the corner, and a frantic finish ensued.
On 77 minutes, Atkins crossed for a try of the highest quality, showing his international credentials, only for Rooney to step up and miss the kick, leaving the Wildcats two points short, and that's how it remained.