Castleford Tigers defeat Super League rivals Wakefield Wildcats

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Castleford Tigers took the honours in their First Utility Super League derby at Wakefield Wildcats, running out 43-20 winners.

In front of a crowd of 5,159, Tigers took the lead on four minutes when Justin Carney was released on the left wing and he powered over for a try. Marc Sneyd missed the conversion on the touchline.

Tigers extended their lead to 10-0 on 11 minutes when Grant Millington burst through the middle of the Wildcats defence in midfield and sent Daryl Clark speeding over for a try converted by Sneyd.

The hosts got off the mark with 16 minutes gone, the persistent Paul McShane burrowing over from acting-half and he managed to ground the ball. Jarrod Sammut’s goal closed the gap to 10-6.

The visitors were gifted their third try on 21 minutes, try-scorer McShane’s loose pass was pounced on by the Tigers and the ball was sent out to Richard Owen on the right to go over for an unconverted score.

Back came Trinity however and although there was a knock-on in the build-up, the hosts rode their luck when Lyne broke on the left and he put Sammut over for a self-converted try on the half-hour.

The hosts’ delight was short-lived and after a penalty for a high tackle had put Tigers deep in Wakefield territory, the ball was spun out to Owen to cross for his second, converted by Sneyd.

There was no let-up from the Tigers and they made it 26-12 shortly before the break, marching up field and Scott Wheeldon crashed over from close range for a try improved by Sneyd.

Wakefield made the perfect start to the second half and two minutes in, Matt Ryan’s kick eluded the Tigers’ defence and Reece Lyne pounced to score.

Six minutes later, Wildcats were over again when Sammut’s high kick was missed by everyone and the stand-off followed-up to score himself and cut the deficit to six points.

Handling errors deep in home territory proved costly for the Tigers as they hit back again but the pressure finally told when Sneyd’s grubber found the hands of Liam Finn and his try, goaled by Sneyd, made it 32-20 with 17 minutes remaining.

The points were secured when Sneyd landed a drop goal moments before Clark burst forward down the right wing to make it 37-20 with five minutes left.

Tigers had the final say when Wheeldon burst through in the final minute and Sneyd added the goal on the hooter.