Castleford (18) 40
Tries: Arundel, Ferres, Youngquest, Widders 2, Chase, Milner, Jackson Goals: Dixon 4
Wakefield (10) 20
Tries: Rinaldi, Ferguson 2, George Goals: Veivers 2
Castleford's Brett Ferres dives over to score one of his side's eight tries during their defeat of Wakefield in Cardiff
By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium
Castleford came from behind to see off battling, reborn neighbours Wakefield.
After Joe Arundel's early try, Cas were shocked when Wakefield hit back through Julien Rinaldi and Dale Ferguson.
Brett Ferres and Nick Youngquest put Cas back in front, but the game was won as Dean Widders, Rangi Chase and Adam Milner scored either side of the break.
Ferguson grabbed a second and Luke George scored to threaten a Wildcats fightback but late tries from Paul Jackson and Widders sealed it for Cas.
It made for a disappointing end to a momentous week for Wakefield,
who were taken over by new owner Andrew Glover on Friday.
Nevertheless, coach John Kear would have been encouraged by a gutsy effort by his side in a match that saw three players sent to the sin-bin at various times.
They soon trailed as Ryan Hudson and Danny Orr combined to set up Arundel for the game's opening score, but hit back gamely as French hooker Rinaldi burrowed his way over from dummy half before Ferguson took Sam Obst's pass to crash over.
Debutant Josh Vievers' goal made it 10-4 but five unanswered scores for the Tigers put them in command.
Ferres forced his way over to cut the deficit, and Youngquest cantered over from Chase's long pass to give them the lead, before Widders forced his way over from close range just before the break.
Chase got in on the act when he intercepted Tommy Lee's pass to score before substitute Milner's effort was given on the say-so of video referee Steve Ganson to make it 28-10.
Ferguson grabbed his second and George ran the length of the pitch to give Wakefield hope, but that was soon extinguished when Daryl Millard was sent to the sin-bin.
Cas capitalised through a rare try for prop Jackson before Widders completed the scoring at the death.
Castleford coach Terry Matterson said:
"The game didn't flow. It was frustrating, definitely, and we need to find out why. I'm scratching my head a little bit.
"We made hard work of it. We gave them a sniff when we shouldn't.
"It's good not to be overly happy and win by 20 points so we'll take that."
Wakefield coach John Kear said:
"It has been a very good week for the club. We've got a new owner in and it's very positive off the field.
"There was a visible lift in the camp around the hotel. The new owner, Andrew Glover, came in and spoke to the players this morning and what he said really helped them. Everybody is feeling much better.
"I think there will be new recruits. It won't be wholesale but I think we'll be a better team in round 27 than we are in round one.
Castleford: Mathers, Dixon, Ferres, Arundel, Youngquest, Chase, Orr, Huby, Hudson, Emmitt, Jones, Holmes, Snitch.
Replacements: Milner, Widders, Jackson, Walker.
Wakefield: Blaymire, Veivers, Murphy, Dean, George, Hyde, Obst, Korkidas, Rinaldi, P. Johnson, Ferguson, Morrison, Lee.
Replacements: Millard, King, Spiers, Henderson.
Referee: James Child (Dewsbury)