posted on 5 August 2012

Wildcats stand-off Paul Sykes says the Wildcats set the platform for a comprehensive derby decider win over Castleford Tigers with their first half showing.

Paul Sykes says the Wildcats first half dominance laid the platform for a derby day win.

Wakefield controlled field position for the majority of the first forty minutes and deserved to be further ahead than they were given the dominance over the Tigers.

A couple of tries at the start of the second period put to bed any hopes of a Castleford fightback and Sykes says it was the first half showing that was key to the win.

“We set the standards in the first half and the scoreline didn’t really reflect how dominant we were,” said Sykes.

“We got ourselves in a good position and in the middle part of the second half we took our foot off the gas a little bit and let them score a few points.  It would have been nice to keep them scoreless.

“We knew that if we played the same game we have been in previous weeks then we wouldn’t go far wrong.    We showed that in the first half and it was a really good win.

“We bombed a few chances.  I put a wild pass out to Foxy and there were a few others that went to ground but on any other day they probably would have stuck.  Because we were coasting we felt a bit comfortable with ourselves.

“It’s just one game at a time.  We’ll enjoy this one but then it’s time to focus on next week.”

Sykes played a steadying role alongside the hugely impressive Tim Smith, the Australian undoubtedly man of the match with a display which Richard Agar described as a masterclass.

Sykes was equally full of praise for his half-back partner and also paid tribute to the Wildcats fans who turned out in big numbers for the derby decider.

“He’s awesome.  He’s good to play off and marshals the boys well around the field and it’s a pleasure just to play off the back of him.

“The fans were great and were signing all the way.  It’s my second derby but my first one at Cas and there was a really good atmosphere, a lot of Wakefield fans here and they never stopped singing.”

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