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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 19-6 Castleford Tigers

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats(6) 19
Tries: Obst, Morton, Leo-Latu
Goals: Cooke 3
Drop Goal: Cooke

Castleford Tigers (6) 6
Tries: Thompson
Goals: Westerman


Wakefield v Castleford

Early second-half tries from Dale Morton and Tevita Leo-Latu propelled Wakefield to victory in a drab Super League derby against Castleford Tigers.

The pair touched down in the space of five minutes to hand the Wildcats control after Sam Obst and Jordan Thompson had traded first-half tries.

Handling was difficult on a wet surface but Paul Cooke delivered an influential performance on his first home start.

He added three goals and a late drop goal to keep his side in contention.

Wakefield's sixth win of the season keeps them within four points of leaders Wigan, while condemning Cas to a sixth defeat of the campaign.

Thompson almost got Cas off to a perfect start but the winger was unable to take in his pass after Ryan McGoldrick broke out wide.

Wakefield then enjoyed a good spell with Cooke, in his third game since leaving Hull KR, getting plenty of possession. And the home pressure paid off after 14 minutes when Obst scampered over in the corner from a Glenn Morrison offload.

But the visitors pulled themselves level when Morton was unable to catch a high Brent Sherwin 'bomb' to the corner and Thompson pounced.

Morton made amends for that error when Wakefield upped the tempo early in the second half, the left winger being on hand to touch down from Daryl Millard's after Cooke had spread the play wide.

The Wildcats then followed up with another try in quick succession, Leo-Latu stretching to pluck a Ben Jeffries kick out of the air and touch down.

A scuffle broke out after McGoldrick caught Jeffries with a high tackle.

But Wakefield were eventually happy to accept a penalty, Cooke adding two more points before putting the game further out of reach with that late drop.


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear said:

"I'm very happy with that because conditions were tough. Our playing surface is first class but, after incessant rain for three or four hours before kick-off, it was very greasy.

"You have to rein yourselves and play more conservatively but they played some really good rugby in those conditions.

"I was delighted with the defensive effort. To concede one try against a side as potent as Castleford in attack, I'm pretty happy."

Castleford Tigers coach Terry Matterson said:

"We defended well considering how much ball we had but we just didn't have enough of it to give ourselves a chance.

"We have got to be more disciplined. They just choked us.

"We got off to a bad start in both halves and we didn't recover in the second half.

"We had our share of the ball in the first but, in the second, I think we got down there twice and dropped the ball."


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Blaymire, Blanch, Murphy, Millard, Morton, Cooke, Jeffries, Korkidas, Obst, Moore, Henderson, Demetriou, Morrison.
Replacements: King, Tronc, Kirmond, Leo-Latu.

Castleford Tigers: McGoldrick, Thompson, Shenton, Dixon, Ainscough, Chase, Sherwin, Jackson, Jones, Huby, Tuson, Snitch, Westerman.
Replacements: Cooper, Hudson, Higgins, Clayton.

Attendance: 8,337.

Referee: James Child (Dewsbury).



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see also
Warrington 32-16 Wakefield
26 Mar 10 |  My Club
Castleford 22-16 Crusaders
26 Mar 10 |  My Club


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