Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 29-22 St Helens

This week saw Wakefield Trinity Wildcats pull off an astonishing upset at Belle Vue, with stand-off Jamie Rooney the key man in the Wildcats’ team, contributing a try and a drop goal to knock the champions of their perch.

Rooney had opened the scoring with a 40-metre penalty, but Mike Bennett and James Graham both touched down before the half-hour mark to put the visitors into a commanding 12-2 lead.

Despite a Brett Ferres try for the Wildcats, St Helens still held the initiative at the half-time interval thanks to a touch down from Leon Pryce.

Trinity were a different side after the restart, dominating St Helens with some fantastic football, which finally came to fruition when first Ned Catic and then Ryan Atkins went over the line to reduce the arrears to 18-14.

Here Rooney came into his own, and produced a moment of magic to get over the try line, before converting himself to nudge the home side into the lead for the first time.

Saints by this time were a spent force, Michael Blaymire adding a fifth try to put the game beyond the visitors’ reach, before Rooney kicked a drop goal to finish off the scoring for the home side.

Ade Gardner got over for a St Helens try in the final minute of time, but this could take nothing away from either Wakefield’s celebrations or saints’ disappointment ahead of their big date in Bolton. 

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