Wakefield Wildcats 66 Hemel Stags 6
Wakefield boss Richard Agar heaped praise on the Hemel Stags defence after five tries in nine minutes late in the game gave the Wildcats a flattering win in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
Lee Smith chalked up 26 points as the Super League side – five time winners of the competition – eased into round five.
However Agar, who made a host of changes to his side, was left impressed by the gutsy Stags.
“I’d like to really compliment the opposition as I felt they had a right crack,” he said.
‘It’s all credit to coach Troy Perkins as I thought they covered themselves in a lot of glory – their effort was outstanding.”
Smith kicked his first of nine conversions from as many attempts and three further Wakefield tries ensued before half-time.
But in between Aaron Smalls gave the coachload of Hemel supporters something to cheer as he claimed a spectacular interception try, running in from 60 metres out, with Mike Bishay tagging on the goal.
Wakefield only added two tries in the opening 28 minutes of the second half as tenacious Hemel refused to yield but five more scores, as tiredness kicked in among the gallant Stags, left a less than representative scoreline.
‘It was a good day for us and we fought all game,” said Stags boss Perkins.