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Richie Mathers scored four tries as Wakefield continued their good form by beating London Broncos 50-22 in front of a crowd of just 1,017 in the capital.
Mathers struck twice in each half as the Wildcats made it back-to-back wins with a confident display, running in nine tries.
Wakefield started the brighter and took the lead on seven minutes, Mathers finishing after Pita Godinet had been held just short.
And within two minutes Mathers had added his second, the full-back romping home after Taulima Tautai had broken through the Broncos defence.
The Londoners were simply not at the races, being caught out by a 40-20 kick from Paul McShane moments later, with only a try-saving tackle from Denny Solomona stopping Peter Fox creeping in at the corner.
The hosts succeeded in slowing the tempo of the game, but were offering precious little in terms of attack.
The Broncos did come close on 22 minutes though, Solomona adjudged to have gone into touch as he dived to score.
The Londoners got on the board two minutes later, Thomas Minns finishing after Scott Moore and James Cunningham had combined well.
But the Wildcats almost instantly eased 12 points clear once again, Jarrod Sammut seizing on a loose ball to stride clear unopposed.
Wakefield were in the ascendency once more, Dean Collis running in their fourth try just after the half hour when he rounded off good work from Godinet.
It was far too easy for the Wildcats, Reece Lyne the next to score when he took an offload from Ali Lauitiiti to race home.
Paul Sykes appeared off the bench for the visitors to open the second half, making his 300th appearance in the process.
But it was Mathers grabbing the headlines, shrugging off some woeful tackles to bundle over the line to complete his hat-trick on 48 minutes.
The Wildcats eased off after that, seemingly content to sit on their lead and take a breather.
And that offered the Broncos the chance to conjure up their second score, Solomona finishing neatly after Ben Farrar had taken out the Wakefield defence with a looping pass.
Atelea Vea then spilled with the line at his mercy minutes later as London finally showed some appetite for the contest.
Normal service was resumed on 65 minutes though, Collis adding his second as he bounced off a series of would-be tacklers to crash over at the posts.
Five minutes later Solomona showed his finishing instincts once again when he crossed after good handling from Farrar and Mason Caton-Brown.
There was still time for Wakefield to chalk up their eighth try, Godinet pouncing on another loose ball to stroll over.
London skipper Matt Cook then muscled his way over after a Cunningham pass with five minutes to play, but Mathers was to have the final word when he shrugged off more poor tackling to surge over from close range.
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|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalan Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
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|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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