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SPIRIT of 55: Methodical, not magical
12:02pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Wolves news
THE off-the-cuff brilliance and rampaging flurries of tries that we love to see weren’t quite in evidence, the tenth consecutive league win for Wire was more methodical than magical.
In the race for the League Leaders’ Shield it is almost certainly down to two teams, with Wire needing one slip up from Huddersfield and three more wins themselves.
Wire had a few first choice players missing, meaning opportunities for others.
Laithwaite didn’t look out of place in his second consecutive appearance at second row and Michael Monaghan looked to be enjoying his rare chance to play at half back.
Wire looked confident that their right side attack would be able to score points on the left side defence of Wakefield.
A glimpse of some classic centre play from Bridge allowed Joel Monaghan to dive over in the corner virtually untouched for the first try.
Wakefield produced a gritty display that kept them in the game virtually throughout the match, never letting Wire get completely away from them.
The teams took turns scoring the first four tries without kicking a goal between them.
Wire’s second try came when Hodgson forced his way over the line from close range and after a little chat the three officials in close attendance decided he had grounded the ball, leaving the Wakefield defenders dumfounded.
The first goal of the match was kicked by Ratchford after Higham finished off one of the best handling moves of the match, resulting in a six point half time lead for Wire.
With around 20 minutes to go Wire had their best spell in the match and again it was the right side doing the damage, Joel Monaghan getting his second and Bridge his first.
It was starting to look ominous for Wakefield, with enough time left for Wire to rack up 40 points.
All of a sudden an interception try by Liam Kay brought Wakefield back within eight points and while they never looked like making it a nervy finish for Wire, it shifted the momentum enough to stop the landslide.
One more Wolves try came from Riley in the left corner to wrap up the 12-point win.
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