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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 18:16 GMT
Blue Sox dent Warriors' armour

Wakefield 24-40 Halifax

Halifax ran up a convincing win over Wakefield, thanks to 20 points from Martin Pearson.

The Wildcats opened the scoring after three minutes with a Steve McNamara penalty goal.

But Halifax then hit the home side with two tries in three minutes by Ollie Marns and Daryl Cardiss, both converted by Pearson.

A few minutes later Paul Rowley raced in for another Blue Sox try and again Pearson was on target - just as he was when Andrew Dunemann went under the posts for the fourth try to leave Trinity stunned.

But then the Wildcats suddenly came to life as Warren Jowitt went in for a try.

And straight from the kick-off Gary Price added another, also converted by McNamara, to bring Wakefield back into the game.

Deficit crumbles

A McNamara penalty reduced the margin still further and right on half-time Adam Hughes went in for the hosts' third try.

Having reduced the deficit to just two points, Halifax stepped up their efforts after the break - McNamara levelling matters with his sixth goal of the afternoon.

Pearson restored the lead for the visitors with a penalty and increased the margin to four points with his sixth goal.

There was end-to-end pressure as both sides battled for the winning score and deservedly it was Pearson who got it.

He broke out of several tackles to go in for a try and added the goal, before Martin Moana got another try right on the hooter and again Pearson was on target with the conversion.

Teams:

Wakefield: Prescott, Sampson, Tatupu, Hughes, N. Law, Maloney, Tomlinson, Stephenson, Hudson, Fisher, Jowitt, Price, McNamara.
Replacements: P. March, Masella, Field, Westwood.

Halifax: Cardiss, Peters, Gibson, Florimo, Marns, Pearson, Dunneman, Goldspink, Rowley, Gannon, Mercer, Bloem, Moana.
Replacements: Hobson, Savelio, Foster, Tallec.

Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)

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