King unstoppable as Warrington put paid to Wakefield's play-off hopes - Rugby League - More Sports - The Independent

King unstoppable as Warrington put paid to Wakefield's play-off hopes

Wakefield 18 Warrington 36

Matt King claimed a clinical hat-trick as Challenge Cup finalists Warrington kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive and all but ended Wakefield's Super League play-off prospects.

The classy Australian centre, 29, scored twice within the space of seven first-half minutes and completed his treble shortly after the break as the Wolves condemned John Kear's struggling side to a fourth straight defeat.

It was a bitterly disappointing afternoon for veteran Wildcats forward Jason Demetriou, who made his final home appearance for the club after six years at Belle Vue.

The 35-year-old Australian will leave at the end of the season after not being offered a new deal, and Samoan hooker Tevita Leo-Latu also bade farewell to the home fans ahead of a move to Salford.

Warrington were in a different class to their hosts and claimed the first of their seven scores in the sixth minute with as simple a try as will be seen all season. Lee Briers, who emerged as the visitors' creative fulcrum at stand-off, flighted a high kick into the right corner where the unmarked Chris Hicks touched down.

Wakefield's initial response was impressive as Demetriou and fellow second-rower Glenn Morrison punched some sizeable holes in the Wolves' defence. Yet the Wildcats were hit by a vicious sucker-punch which gave Warrington their second try in the 16th minute.

England prop Adrian Morley produced a delightful offload out of a tackle to spark a brilliant move which ripped Wakefield apart and culminated in Chris Riley sending King clear down the left channel.

Former Wakefield forward Ben Westwood could not convert either score and was errant with the boot again after his side claimed their third try in the 23rd minute. Warrington's passing was too much for the hosts as the ball was worked through several players before former Wildcats centre Ryan Atkins ushered King over in the left corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Wakefield were handed a lifeline when scrum-half Ben Jeffries showed impressive pace to escape a clutch of Warrington players and cross in the right corner. Jeffries converted to cut the visitors' lead to 10 points but Warrington claimed their fifth try within a minute of the restart as Matty Blythe's pace took him clear inside the right channel. Seven minutes later, King showed brute strength to burrow over from close range for his hat-trick try and Westwood added his third conversion.

Wakefield: Murphy, Kirmond, Johnson, Millard, Blanch, Cooke, Jeffries, Leaeno, Obst, Korkidas, Demetriou, Morrison, Leo-Latu; Replacements: Henderson, King, Moore, Rinaldi.

Warrington: Riley, Hicks, Blythe, Atkins, King, Briers, Myler, Morley, Clarke, Carvell, L Anderson, Westwood, Harrison; Replacements: Wood, Higham, Cooper, V Anderson.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt'
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig is believed to be donning skies as 007 for the first time
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape
music
Life and Style
techCriminals are targeting an e-reader security flaw
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
tech... and together they're worth at least £100 million
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
Life and Style
fashion
Travel
news This video may make you think twice about ever taking the Tube again
Life and Style
A spider is seen in its web on September 16, 2014 in Hohen Meissner, Germany.
tech The 'Spider in Da House' app has been developed by scientists to tackle arachnophobia
Life and Style
fashionIncredibly, it hasn't been branded 'Will.eye.am'
News
A plane flies close to the eruption of the Icelandic volcano
newsAnd yes, it's quite something
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch
artAnd it's even for a good cause
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week