Castleford 32-15 Wakefield: Tigers extend derby dominance with 14th straight win
Castleford vs Wakefield
7:45pm Friday February
The Mend-A-Hose Jungle
Since the Tigers cruised to a derby win over Wakefield Oliver Holmes indicated his 200th appearance for Castleford try.
Trinity were likely to end their streak when they led but paid a high cost for its sin-binning of substitute James Batchelor as they conceded two tries down while to 12 men.
James Clare, a Wakefield fan, and wingers Derrell Olpherts both scored two tries apiece as the Tigers maintained 32-15 winners intact in the second half to run out.
On a chilly and blustery night in the Jungle, mistakes were abating and it was a fumble.
Former Cas centre Joe Arundel pounced on the ball in a superb place and within the play captain Jacob Miller got another ex-Tiger, loose Joe Westerman.
Ryan Hampshire kicked the conversion and then added a penalty to extend his team’s lead.
Inspired by back-to-back penalties, the home side found a purple patch to operate in just two quickfire tries to go ahead, second rower Cheyse Blair touching Paul McShane’s grubber kick and Danny Richardson floating out a super pass for Olpherts to touch down at the corner.
Wakefield reunite, though, and, following Westerman and Jay Pitts were held up on the line in certain resolute defending, second rower Matty Ashurst squeezed a pass out of a two-man handle and winger Tom Johnstone took in Miller’s cut-out pass to finish in spectacular manner in the corner.
There was little to choose between the teams in that stage and the Tigers regained the lead 2 minutes ahead of half-time after creating an overlap for Clare to score their next try.
That made it 14-12 but there was still time to get Hampshire to draw the scores level with a penalty and also for Miller to nudge his side back in front with a drop goal on the hooter.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester has been forced to re-jig his side after Arundel hobbled off with Pitts shifted outside to the centre, and he watched his side concede into the second half.
Castleford captain Michael Shenton looked to have been halted of the line but he made a pass out for Clare to move in for his second attempt.
Richardson was off target for the third time but he made amends after Holmes was pulled out off the ball from Batchelor, who was given 10 minutes into the sin bin.
The Tigers made use of the man since they scored two attempts in Batchelor’s lack to set the game beyond the visitors’ reach.
Holmes profited from a sort bounce because he chased while Olpherts got at the conclusion of a pass by Peter Mata’utia , back in the side to score his second, McShane’s grubber kick.
Wakefield had another person put in the bin once Frenchman Romain Navarrete compensated the consequence for a team warning and Richardson wrapped up the scoring.