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Friday 13th June 2014, 20:00 - Round:16
|Danny Kirmond, Daniel Smith, Matt Ryan,||T||Iliess Macani, Thomas Minns,|
Paul Sykes 3,
Attendance: 4,079 Official: R Hicks Venue: The Rapid Solicitors Stadium
James Webster tasted victory in his first game in charge of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after battling London Broncos slipped to their 16th successive First Utility Super League defeat.
The Broncos have failed to collect a single point all season but they led 10-4 heading into the final quarter of the match after first-half tries from Iliess Macani and Thomas Minns.
But Wildcats forward Daniel Smith crashed over in the 65th minute and Matt Ryan added a late clincher to make it 18-10 and leave Joe Grima's side heartbroken.
While London remain rooted to the foot of the table on zero points, new Wakefield coach Webster saw his side move eight points clear of Bradford Bulls to take a step closer to safety.
Australian boss Webster, who recently replaced Richard Agar, thrust the returning Tim Smith straight into the starting line-up and paired the Australian with Paul Sykes in the halves.
Smith left Wakefield for Salford Red Devils last August but has failed to settle and rejoined the Wildcats on loan for the rest of the season earlier this week.
As the match kicked off, the rain began to fall and both sets of players were soon drenched, which made for difficult conditions and a physical battle between the forwards.
After a knock-on by the Broncos inside their own half, Wakefield had the opportunity to build pressure on their visitors and they took with an opening try in the 10th minute.
The Wildcats drove forward and Smith's deft offload sent skipper Danny Kirmond crashing over the line from 10 metres out inside the right channel.
Sykes failed to add the conversion but London steadied themselves and forced Wakefield to drop out from under the posts shortly after.
Yet the Broncos knocked on again immediately from the drop-out and were forced onto the back foot once more.
But they battled doggedly and hit back with two tries in three minutes to lead 10-4.
First they struck in the 19th minute when a teasing kick behind the Wakefield defence was not dealt with and Macani pounced on the loose ball to touch down.
Minutes later, Atelea Vea broke clear and, although his progress was halted 10 metres from the line, the Broncos worked the ball into the right corner where Minns grounded Nesiasi Mataitonga's short kick.
Those two tries visibly poured confidence into the visiting players and they spent the remainder of the first half camped in Wakefield's half.
They should have had a third shortly before the break when George Griffin broke clear and passed to Mason Caton-Brown, who was hauled down.
Wakefield improved markedly after the restart but they struggled badly to make it pay and Josh Drinkwater's fine tackle halted Matt Ryan's progress as he threatened to burst clear after an hour.
In the 63rd minute, Lucas Walshaw broke down the left flank and, although Macani made a superb saving tackle, Wakefield recycled the ball across the London defence and Daniel Smith crashed over from close range.
Sykes converted to level the scores at 10-10 and then kicked a penalty to edged Wakefield in front, before he added another conversion when Ryan touched down after a kick from Richie Mathers was spilled by the London defence.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals