Castleford Tigers took derby day bragging rights with a dominant performance against the Wildcats.
A brace of tries for Richard Owen in the first half plus further tries for Brett Ferres, Steve Snitch, Ryan McGoldrick, Oliver Holmes and Grant Millington were far too much for the home side who responded through Peter Fox, Paul Sykes and a late Kyle Wood effort.
Richard Agar’s plans were hit by the withdrawal on Thursday of Danny Kirmond with a calf strain meaning Paul Johnson was drafted into the 19-man squad and onto the replacements bench with Paul Sykes continuing at centre ahead of Dean Collis.
Castleford made the more aggressive start and their defence saw them dominate early territory and on their first real attempt at the Wildcats line they got the try they deserved when Rangi Chase popped the ball up for Owen to go over.
Wakefield did have their fleeting moments early on with an Ali Lauitiiti break sparking the game into life before Owen’s try but it wasn’t until midway through the half that they began to get on top of Castleford.
Ben Cockayne’s excellent kick return ripped the Tigers defence apart with more than a hint of blocking from Tim Smith, but with the Castleford defence reeling the Wildcats took full advantage and it was an outstanding pass out the back of his hand from Sykes that put Fox in at the corner.
It was Wakefield controlling things now but they were hit by a sucker punch. After seeing off an initial threat, Castleford attacked direct from a scrum with Owen taking on Vince Mellars and having the strength to see off the Kiwi centre and dot down.
This put a spring in the step of the visitors and on the back of a penalty they extended their lead shortly after with Millington charging onto a dummy half pass to get over from close range.
Dixon’s conversion seemed to have given Castleford a very healthy lead at the interval but Wakefield hit back with a late score from Sykes, the centre cutting in from his right edge position to power his way over. His conversion just ahead of the hooter put the Wildcats back in the contest at the break.
The second period was one dominated by the Tigers, their forwards leading the way with some ferocious defence that never allowed the Wildcats out of their half for long spells, and on the back of sustained pressure Snitch went in.
Castleford were swarming all over the Wildcats in defence and forced three successive drop-outs before the influential Rangi Chase grubbered through and Ferres flopped on the ball over the line.
Wakefield had already lost Lauitiiti to a hamstring injury when Richard Matherrs was forced off and Castleford were turning the screw.
Holmes went in under the sticks after more Chase magic before a late consolation for Wood who juggled Ben Cockayne’s pass before diving over under the sticks.
It was scant consolation for the Wildcats though on a night when the Tigers were fully deserving of their derby day victory.
Wakefield:Mathers; Fox, Mellars, Sykes, Cockayne; John, Smith; Amor, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Southern, Washbrook.
Replacements:Wood, Trout, Johnson, Wilkes.
Castleford:Owen; Youngquest, Ferres, Dixon, Griffin; Chase, Orr; Walker, Clark, Massey, Holmes, Snitch, Emmitt.
Replacements:Jones, Mitchell, Millington, McGoldrick.
Referee:Steve Ganson (St Helens).