Wakefield Triumph

Category: Heritage

Wakefield Triumph

Exactly ten years ago today, on 4 July 2010, Rovers travelled to Belle Vue, Wakefield, where they recorded their highest score since the 1983/83 Championship-winning campaign.

Rovers began strongly and took the lead in the fifth minute when Michael Dobson took a short pass from Ben Galea and weaved his way over the line, also landing the conversion. Wakefield responded, but were unable to find any penetration, and when former Robin Paul Cooke threw out a long pass in the 22nd minute, Clint Newton was there to gather and race 80 yards to score. Dobson converted again, but it was the Wildcats who scored next, when Newton dropped a high kick and Millard took advantage to touch down. Galea was then the provider again when he sent Kris Welham over for a try shortly before the break. This time Dobson was unable to convert and Rovers went in at the break 16-4 ahead.

Peter Fox settled the game within three minutes of the restart, when he twice burst clear on the right flank, showing impressive pace and finishing to score two tries against his former club, both of which Dobson converted. Wakefield rallied and Moore’s try got them into double figures before Dobson kicked a penalty to give Rovers a 30-10 lead.Johnson went over in the right corner shortly before the hour mark but Cooke missed the conversion and Dobson quickly added two more penalties to maintain Rovers’ 20-point lead. In the closing stages, Scott Wheeldon combined with fellow prop Michael Vella for a remarkable score, covering three-quarters the length of the field, quickly following up with a second, both of which tries were converted by Dobson to give the Robins a very comfortable 46-14 win that strengthened their top-eight bid.

The Rovers team was – Ben Cockayne; Peter Fox, Clint Newton, Kris Welham, Sam Latus; Scott Murrell, Michael Dobson; Joel Clinton, Ben Fisher, Scott Wheeldon, Ben Galea, Rhys Lovegrove, Liam Watts.  Bench: Josh Hodgson, Scott Taylor, Matt Cook, Michael Vella


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