The Wakefield Wizard Tim Smith has told Wildcats TV the best 40 minutes of the season laid the platform for a fully deserved 37-16 derby victory over Castleford.
The returning half-back opened the scoring and had a hand in numerous others as he showed his organisational skills to go into the half-time break leading 25-0.
The Tigers fought back in the second half but it wasn’t enough as Peter Fox scored his second which was followed by a Lee Smith six pointer after he converted his own try.
That score brought a rather unusual end to proceedings at the Wish Communications Stadium with worries over a floodlight meaning the game was ended after 73 minutes. Smith said he’s never experienced anything as unexpected as that.
“Nothing like that before, it was a bit strange but we were really happy to get those two points.”
The number 7’s try was added by Danny Kirmond, Fox and Richard Mathers in the first period with Paul Sykes dropping a goal and Smith admits it was a fantastic opening to the derby.
“I would say so far, it just clicked for us but I think there’s lots of things we can still work on.
“It was a tough game, the second half they came out firing and Rangi (Chase) was doing a bit of his magic and they got close there but luckily enough we got the two points.
“We were expecting a tough game all game and that’s what we got, it’s a local derby for both sides and obviously with players like Rangi they are always going to throw things at you.
“We did well first half and in patches we did well in second half but we’re looking forward to Hull now and hopefully we can get those two points as well.”
It was The half-back’s first game back since the 23-23 draw with Salford and he explained he is fully fit and looking forward to Easter Monday’s clash with Hull FC.
“I feel really good and fresh, obviously the game against Leeds I was 50/50 and we didn’t play but obviously Kirmo, Ali and Poorey are all quality players and what they do for our side is tremendous and makes my job a hell of a lot easier.
“Hopefully our fans can get out and really support it (Hull game) and I’m sure they will so if they show up like they did tonight then we’ll have plenty of support and we really need these two points against Hull.”
Tim Smith was speaking to Wildcats TV and you can see the full interview HERE.
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