It was a tight first half and Bradford egded the physical battle for a 20 minute period from the 25th minute to the 45th minute. I was surprised at the pjhysicality for lads that are so young. Both sets of players carrying the ball ins trongly and at pace. Think the opposite of Richard Mathers. (Sorry, couldn't help myself).
Wakefield went ahead with two tries and Bradford edged their way back level after winning the physical battle. Wakefield were a bit scruggy at executing their plays and both teams came up with errors especially in good field position.
Second half was a different story. Wakefield upped their tempo and cut down on the errors. Some good hands out the back led to putting the impressive Ollie Pratt into space and he got a hattrick of tries. He was Wakefield's msot impressive falair player - fearless, direct and quick, he cut Bradford's edge defence apart on numerous occasions. There were tough performances down the middle and Ethan Wood, Lewis Magsin, Charlie Harrison and Ken Olpherts were all tough and aggressive down the middle to build the platform in both defence and attack. Eli Saul kicked better in the second half and distributed the ball well. Jack Camplin came on at hooker and showed some nice skill with a few lovely show and gos as Wakefield started to create space aroudn the ruck area. Keeping Bradford scoreless in the secon dhalf was excellent as they did possess some dangerous players. Bradford's Stand Off George Flanagan is definitely one to keep your eye on and Toby Barraclough also looked dangerous at fullback.
Great write up mate.
I thougt second half was gonna be tighter than it turned out but after withstanding bit of pressure in first 5 the wakey looked in control.
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