posted on 29 March 2013

Wakefield Wildcats earned the local bragging rights after beating Castleford Tigers 37-16 at the Wish Communications Stadium.

The visitors effectively won the game in the first 40 minutes as Richard Agar’s men went into the break leading 25-0 thanks to a dominant display.

That was helped by the return of four key senior men in captain Danny Kirmond, Tim Smith, Ali Lauitiiti and prop Justin Poore.

It was one of those returning players that made a early impact as the Wakefield Wizard Smith bamboozled the Tigers defence by dropping his shoulder and finding a way past full-back Jordan Tansey to score.

Paul Sykes scored the resulting conversion which came minutes after Rangi Chase unfairly won the ball of Richard Mathers which would have led to the opening score of the game.

Winger Peter Fox then almost got the second score of the game after an sideways run by Ben Cockayne set up Dean Collis who ran through before kicking to Fox, the winger was well stopped by Craig Huby.

Trinity weren’t to be denied for long though and the Wildcats ran it on the last tackle which resulted in a Kirmond try. The captain burst onto the ball from a Tim Smith pass with great speed and powered his way over the line, Sykes once again converted.

Agar started to rotate his forwards as Poore and Oliver Wilkes were replaced by Kyle Amor and Chris Annakin as Fox finished off a super try for Wakefield.

Full-back Mathers found Collis with quick hands before the Australian centre spread the ball to Fox with the blink of an eye who touched down. Sykes made his third conversion of the evening as his touchline effort edged over the bar.

Former Cas man Mathers made sure he was not to be unnoticed and he scored in almost identical fashion to his try at the Wish Communications Stadium in August of last year. He found himself in an acre of space and ran through to score and celebrate with his teammates.

Sykes rounded off a great half for the travelling supporters by adding his fourth conversion and a drop goal giving the Wildcats a 25-0 advantage at half-time.

Whatever Tigers head coach Ian Millward said in the sheds worked as they started the second half in the best possible fashion as Jordan Thompson scored two tries in a matter of minutes with Ellis converting them both.

The Wildcats almost hit back immediately as Reece Lyne fed Cockayne as he scrambled over the line only for referee Thaler to judge the assist as forward.

After a bit of an arm wrestle period some outstanding play by Weller Hauraki ended with a nice finish by Richard Owen but Ellis missed the kick leaving it 16-25.

It was vital the next score went to Agar’s men and that is exactly what happened just moments later. Justin Carney dropped a Cockayne kick off which resulted in Fox’s second try.

Mathers picked up the ball and saw the winger in space and he fed him in space with a neat cut-out pass for Fox to finish with perfection. The conversion was nailed by Lee Smith after his introduction in replacing Sykes.

Lee Smith was named on the bench instead of Kyle Wood and was called into play after Sykes received a head knock around the 50 minute mark.

The number four had a crucial say on the game and put the game to bed after he kicked through twice in attacking position, leaving the Cas defence floundering as he scored.

Late drama then occurred as an official entered the field and alerted referee Thaler about an incident in the Princess Street Stand. Smith picked himself up to add the simple extras to make it a comprehensive 37-16 victory.

After a series of announcements to clear supporters from the problem area which included the TV gantry the game was ended after both head coaches agreed.

Both clubs are expecting the 16-37 result to stand and Wakefield will be awarded the two Super League points after the game finished after just 73 minutes.

Trinity host Hull FC on Easter Monday, kick-off 3.30pm so make sure you buy your tickets and help cheer on Agar’s men to consecutive victories.

Adults tickets are £22 on the turnstiles while juniors and concessions are £12.

TIGERS: Tansey, Owen, Shenton, Carney, Thompson, Hauraki, Ellis, Massey, Chase, Mason, Gilmour, Millington, Holmes. SUBS: Walker, Clark, Huby, Emmitt.

WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Wilkes, Lauitiiti, Kirmond (c), Washbrook. SUBS: L. Smith, Amor, Mellars, Annakin.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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