posted on 25 May 2013

The Wildcats had far from a Magic experience at the Etihad as Kirk Dixon scored four tries in a rampant display from the Tigers.

The Wildcats were outplayed at the Etihad Stadium.

Dixon crossed for four of the Tigers nine tries with the Wildcats only able to muster replies from Dean Collis (2), Danny Kirmond and a first in Wakefield colours for Chris Annakin.

Richard Agar gave a debut from the bench for Taulima Tautai with Ali Lauitiiti and Kyle Trout both also returning to the 17 with Vince Mellars, Kyle Wood and Jon Molloy all missing out.

Castleford got the quick start to the game when Clark dived over from close range less than five minutes in after Lee Smith had kicked out on the full and then the Wildcats had given away a penalty.

It  didn’t take too long for things to get worse as the Tigers scored a scintillating second try.  The ball was put in the hands of Carney 15 metres from his own line and he left Wildcats in his wake to cross halfway then offloaded to the supporting Ellis to score.

Carney and Chase were proving too much for the Wakefield defence to handle and when the bulldozing winger set off on another run it was that which caused the damage from which Chase grubbered through and Dixon chased down to score.

Castleford soon had a 22-point lead when a Chase high kick bounced and Huby reached up to claim it before stretching his arm through a maze of legs to get the ball down.

The Wildcats were desperate for a foothold in the game and it finally came.  Lee Smith’s hanging restart gave the Wildcats the chance to compete for the ball and having won it back, new arrival Tautai bounced away a couple of tackles before offloading for Collis to go in at the corner.

That glimmer of hope got a bit brighter moments later when a penalty invited the Wildcats upfield and Kirmond ripped through a hole in the Castleford defence and raced to the try line.

With ten points in it the Wildcats were well back in the game but two tries late in the half put the game beyond all reasonable doubt.  First Dixon collected a kick and held off the attentions of Cockayne to get the ball down in the corner before the destructive Carney took the direct route, swatting away Peter Fox to get over in front of the delirious Tigers supporters.

The Wildcats needed the first score of the half and they got it when Collis leapt majestically to take a hanging Tim Smith kick and give hope of a comeback.

It was hope that was soon estinguished when Cockayne was unable to take in a dipping kick and from the resultant set, Chase looped a long pass out to Dixon to complete his hat-trick.

With 25 minutes later the Tigers extended their lead when Thompson took the direct approach and forced his way through three tacklers to get the ball down.

Dixon added a fourth before Annakin grabbed a consolation on a derby day to forget for Trinity.

WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, L. Smith, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. REPLACEMENTS: Amor, Trout, Annakin, Tautai.

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