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Friday 18th April 2014, 15:00 - Round:9
|Paul McShane, Jarrod Sammut 2, Reece Lyne,||T||Justin Carney, Daryl Clark 2, Richard Owen 2, Scott Wheeldon 2, Liam Finn,|
Jarrod Sammut 2,
Marc Sneyd 5,
Attendance: 5,159 Official: P Bentham Venue: The Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Castleford Tigers shrugged off their heartbreaking setback to St Helens last time out by defeating local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 43-20 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The Tigers blew a 24-6 lead against the Saints to lose 30-28 a week ago but they returned to winning ways on Good Friday, with Richard Owen, Daryl Clark and Scott Wheeldon each scoring twice. There were also tries for Justin Carney and Liam Finn to consolidate third place in the First Utility Super League.
They were made to work for their win, though, and must have feared the worst when Wakefield scored two tries at the beginning of the second half to cut the deficit down to six points, but this time they held their nerve to hand the Wildcats their fifth successive defeat.
Dean Collis and Reece Lyne were back from injury as Wakefield head coach Richard Agar made four changes, reshuffling his backline in an effort to stifle Castleford.
However, the Tigers, for whom Michael Channing and Owen returned to action, were unfazed and quickly gained the ascendancy.
A swift move down the left ended with Carney sprinting down the touchline and bouncing past the challenge of Jarrod Sammut for his eighth try in his last five games.
The visitors sensed blood and duly extended their lead through Clark, who touched down underneath the posts after Grant Millington burst through Wakefield's shaky defence before selflessly passing to the hooker, with Marc Sneyd adding the first of five conversions.
To their credit, Wakefield refused to roll over and Paul McShane cleverly jinked over from dummy half, although the hooker was then to blame for conceding possession. Owen collected the ball on the right before shrugging off two last-gasp challenges to score.
The deficit was then reduced to two points although the Wildcats were given a slice of luck as Cas stalled after believing Matt Ryan knocked on. Lyne took advantage of their hesitancy to power down the left before slipping to Sammut to cross.
However, Daryl Powell's men capitalised on some lapsed defending from Wakefield to score two converted tries on the stroke of half-time, with Owen getting his second after collecting Weller Hauraki's cut-out pass before Wheeldon exploited a gap to cross the whitewash.
Yet from 26-12 down, the Wildcats came storming back as Lyne reacted excellently after Ryan's grubber kick shot above Cas defender James Clare before Sammut scored his second, out-jumping Owen from an up and under.
The deficit was cut to six points and the Tigers were noticeably shaken, with Frankie Mariano knocking on after going over, while Sneyd opted to take the next attack on himself instead of pass to Carney, who had the line at his mercy.
Sneyd atoned for this oversight as it was his clever grubber that sat up perfectly for Finn, who snatched the ball at the second attempt to give Cas some breathing space.
He added a drop goal to ensure there would be no way back for Wakefield, whose misery was compounded when Clark and Wheeldon both touched down after breakaway moves late on.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals