Super League: Wakefield Wildcats 18-42 Hull KR
|Wakefield (0) 18|
|Tries: Collis, Riley, Raleigh|
|Goals: Sykes 3|
|Hull KR (30) 42|
|Tries: Caro 3, Hallett 2, Eden 2, Carlile|
|Goals: Hall 5|
Winger Omari Caro ran in a hat-trick on his last appearance for Hull KR to help claim victory at Wakefield.
Teenager Macauley Hallett and full-back Greg Eden, also making his farewell, both crossed twice, with Rovers' other try coming from Keal Carlile.
Trailing 30-0 at half-time, Wakefield restored pride after the break with tries from Dean Collis, Chris Riley and Andy Raleigh, improved by Paul Sykes.
But it was Rovers' day as they climbed above city neighbours Hull FC.
In the final game of the regular Super League 2014 season, their victory allowed them to leapfrog three places to ninth - four points shy of the play-offs, but a point and two places ahead of the Black and Whites in the final standings.
Wakefield were unable to provide veteran forward Raleigh with a winning send-off, although the former Hull KR and Huddersfield man at least had the satisfaction of scoring a try on his farewell appearance against the club where he started.
|Super League top try scorers|
|28: Joel Monaghan (Warrington)|
|27: Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons)|
|25: Tommy Makinson (St Helens)|
|20: Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield),Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons)|
|19: Josh Charnley (Wigan)|
|17: Joe Burgess (Wigan),Justin Carney (Castleford), Michael Shenton (Castleford), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons)|
Full-back Sykes and Matty Wildie were also playing their final game for Trinity, who finish 12th.
But it was Caro who stole the show at Belle Vue as he signed off with his second hat-trick for the Robins.
The 23-year-old former London Broncos winger, in the shop window after discovering that he was being released at the club's recent end-of-season dinner, scored all his tries before half-time.
Winger Hallett seized on two defensive blunders to make it three tries in just two Super League appearances, while makeshift scrum-half Hall kicked five goals against the team he will be playing for in 2015.
Coach Chris Chester, who has reshaped his three-quarter line for next season with the signing of Kieran Dixon, Darrell Goulding, Ken Sio and Josh Mantellato, is hoping to further strengthen his squad and is making a new hooker his priority after Josh Hodgson played his last game.
It was a fitting send-off for the Rovers co-captain Josh Hodgson as he prepares to embark on a new career in Australia with Canberra Raiders.
Wakefield coach James Webster:
"They played it simple and effective and we were not able to match them physically in that first half.
"It was our Achilles heel. We were able to stop a team rolling down the pitch and we got what we deserved. It was not of a first-grade standard
"To play 291 first-grade games is fantastic and it was good for Andy Raleigh to score a try and play big minutes like he did today. He could hold his head up."
Hull KR coach Chris Chester:
"We were dominant for 50 or 60 minutes. It was probably the best half of football we've played. I'm really proud of the honesty and commitment in that first 40. We've a few things to fix up but I'm happy with the result, if I'm not happy with the season as a whole.
"I'm really pleased for Omari Caro. He's got pace to burn and he defended well. He's a great kid but we need to move on and we've strengthened in that area. He knows why's not going to be here, but I'm trying to help him get fixed up.
"Macauley Hallett has been good for us does not look out of place and has certainly proved me wrong. I had big doubts about him, more to do with his attitude but he's turned himself around and worked hard to get into the squad. I knew he had talent. I just had a few issues with him in and around the club."
Wakefield: Sykes; Owen, Collis, Lyne, Riley; Godinet, T Smith; Anderson, McShane, Raleigh, Gilmour, Washbrook, Molloy.
Replacements: Wildie, Lauitiiti, Annakin, D Smith.
Hull KR: Eden; Caro, Salter, Welham, Hallett; Burns, Hall; A Walker, J Hodgson, Weyman, Lovegrove, Horne, Costigan.
Replacements: Green, Cox, Carlile, Larroyer.
Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham).