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Wakefield College bag the cup for the double

Sport Press Release Academy of Sporting Excellence Rugby Development Programme Mens Rugby

Wakefield College capped of their impressive season with a hard earned and costly victory vs a solid Barrow Furness Raiders outfit. 

In what was probably the most physical game of the year for both teams, Barrow got off to the better start getting an early penalty to get the first points on the board. Wakefield then hit back through the impressive centre Jack Croft who found some space on the outside of his man and barged over the line. Barrow then enjoyed a period of sustained pressure and capitalised on their possession taking the scores to 12-4 after 30 mins. Wakefield then started to find their feet and capitalised on some repeat sets with Callum Hudson going over in the corner after a Harri van der Waal created some space with some excellent footwork to send his wingman away with Bailey converting the extra 2 points 12-10. Wakefield were clearly in control at this point and showed how clinical they could be by adding a further 2 quick tries through Harry Dodd and Devittoris finishing an excellent play from the Scrum taking the half time score to 20-12 in Wakefield’s favour. 

Wakefield came out in the second half and picked up where they finished the first half with some dominant defence and ruthless hits. Devittoris received a pass from croft near the line making the scores 24-12. Hooker Lewis Teale then scored a fantastic 60m try after picking up a loose ball and charging down the field with the Barrow defence desperately trying to catch him but Teale just managing to see them off making the score 28-12. Wakefield were now in full control, but Barrow kept coming and coming which resulted in some bone shattering hits. Wakefield had lost Nathan Newbound to a nasty looking dislocated Ankle in the first half and were dealt another blow with star half back Stephen Gibbs breaking his jaw and thumb in a nasty Collison trying to regain a kick off after Teals try, no foul play just a contested ball. 

Wakefield dealt with Gibbs loss by reshuffling the excellent Owen Hughes to half and moving Harri van der Waal to Fullback and Iain Oakley coming on to get a chance to show case his talents after 8 weeks out with a leg injury. Oakley soon found himself on the score sheet with a well taken trying showing some power, pace and strength to get over the Barrow try line with Bailey adding the extras. Barrow got a reward for their resilience scoring the last try of the game making the final score 34-16 to Wakefield Trinity. 

Overall this game was a great advert for college rugby league with both teams giving it their all and leaving nothing out there. Furness were an experienced outfit with a lot of their players playing their last ever college game and a healthy respect between the teams was shown after the game. 

Man of the Match: Owen Hughes (L3 Sports Performance and Exellence) Young fullback Hughes was instrumental to making Wakefield tick and showed some excellent touches with ball in hand and organised Wakefields defence from the back. 

Team: Hughes, Devittoris, Croft, Van der Waal, Hudson, Bailey, Gibbs, Schofield, Teale, Jones, Newbound ©, Dodd, Westerman, Aydin, Powell, Oakley, Kamano.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 3 May, 2018

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