Wakefield Wildcats ensured they own the city’s bragging rights after travelling to Castleford’s town and beating them in their own back yard 40-12 in a dominant performance at the Probiz Coliseum.
The comprehensive victory means Trinity head coach Richard Agar has led his team to two victories over rivals Castleford in three 2012 encounters. The win meant more than getting one over the Wildcats closest rivals though, they are now just three points off a play-off place with four games remaining.
The Tigers billed the game as ‘The Derby Decider’ and lead with the slogan ‘We’ll Finish It In Our Town’ was a well thought out, if not dangerous campaign considering Trinity’s form leading into the game.
The visitors were fresh from a 38-18 victory over the Super League champions and Agar made two changes to face the Tigers with Kyle Trout and the suspended Oliver Wilkes making way for Ali Lauitiiti and prop Matt James.
After an even start to the game Ben Cockayne opened the scoring for the visitors after burrowing his way over from dummy-half after Lee Smith was tackled just short of the line. It didn’t take long for Wakefield to double their try count as Richard Mathers once again scored against his parent club by rounding Tigers full-back Richard Owen with Paul Sykes adding the extras to make it 10-0.
The once again influential Tim Smith grabbed a try of his own after laying on the effort for Mathers by dropping his shoulder and muscling his way over to make it 16-0 at the break with Sykes once again kicking the goal.
The message from head coach Agar would have been a simple one at half time, carry on their good work from the first period and that is exactly what the Wildcats did with Dean Collis opening up the scoring in the second half. Danny Kirmond found space on the right edge on half-way before freeing Collis to run free to score.
Minutes later the Trinity captain had a try of his own after Tim Smith’s superb pass set up the second-rower to score with Sykes’ conversion making it 28-0 as the score line started to look an embarrassment for the Tigers.
The visitors raced past 30 points as the two Smith’s combined as Tim put a well weighted kick through for Lee to race onto and put the ball down as the red, white and blue faithful went delirious behind the sticks.
Castleford head coach Ian Millward will have feared the worst at this stage as a nilling was on the cards but powerful prop Paul Jackson stormed over for the home side before Nick Youngquest scored to leave it 34-12 going in to the final 10 minutes.
Wakefield did not want to end the game on a low as the outstanding full-back Mathers crossed for his second four pointer of the game after Trinity worked the overlap before the number 1 touched down and celebrated in style by launching the ball high up in the air with his boot.
With eighth place Hull KR losing to Leeds and London beating Salford it means Trinity are just three points off Rovers, with them still to play in two weeks time.
It is the second time in the second half of the season Agar has led his troops to three successive victories and with just four games remaining in 2012 there is still a sniff of the play-offs lingering around the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Castleford: Owen; Youngquest, Griffin, Thompson, Williams; Orr, Milner; Jackson, Hudson, Huby, Millington, Snitch; Emmitt. Subs: Jones, Mitchell, Massey, Ellis.
Wakefield: Mathers; Fox, Collis, L.Smith, Cockayne; Sykes, T.Smith; Amor, Ellis, Raleigh, Kirmond, Lauitiiti; Washbrook. Subs: Wood, Mariano, Johnson, James.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.