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Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 14:56 GMT
Wildcats overpower Tigers
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Castleford 2-38 Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield coasted past Castleford's inexperienced and untested youngsters to claim the spoils in the annual Boxing Day friendly.

The Wildcats, with the spine of their first team on duty, won the game inside half an hour after racing into a 16-2 lead.

Australian Ben Rauter, signed only days earlier, marked his first appearance with a second half try.

Castleford new boys Gareth Handford and Australian Mark Lennon had little chance to shine.

The Wildcats cut loose inside four minutes when Paul March's high kick forced an error from home winger Tom Saxton and trialist Richard Smith was on hand to touch down.

Waisale Sovatabua. Empics.
Winging it: Sovatabua scored a 23rd minute try
Ten minutes later March was again heavily involved in Wakefield's second try, working a superb run-around with loose forward Tom Haughey to give centre Ben Westwood a walk-in.

A Lennon penalty was all the Tigers had to show from the opening quarter. They fell further behind on 23 minutes when winger Waisale Sovatabua took Smith's pass to fend off Saxton and cross in the corner.

They underlined their superiority inside five minutes of the second half when Rauter, who only came on at half-time, took a Sovatabua pass to plunge over, a try improved by Graham Law.

Substitute Gareth Ellis barged over from Haughey's break on 62 minutes, then Chris Feather slipped a tackle to race in from 35 metres five minutes later.

Westwood claimed his second touchdown eight minutes from the end to cap a satisfying display from the Wildcats.

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