Tigers topple Trinity after tight first half

Bragging rights were up for grabs at The Jungle as Wakefield travelled the eight miles to Castleford. Trinity were looking to back up their victory against Warrington, with the Tigers looking to comeback from a defeat against Catalans.

It was the visitors who started the brighter, as former Tiger, Joe Westerman ran a wonderful short line and Jacob Miller found the loose forward who slid over.

Hampshire followed the conversion with a penalty to make it 0-8 after 10 minutes.

The Tigers didn’t take long to respond though as Cheyse Blair was the first to reach Paul McShane’s dribbled kick through.

A quickfire second followed, with Derrell Olpherts on the receiving end of a looping pass from Danny Richardson for Castleford to take a two-point lead.

Wakefield looked to take the lead once again on the fifth minute. Tom Johnstone caught the ball on the left hand edge flew over for a miraculous finish in the corner. The TMO was required to confirm the grounding. After a few looks at the footage, the try was awarded.

In what was becoming a real tussle between the two sides, Castleford hit straight back.

After multiple penalties conceded by Trinity, the platform was set for Jake Trueman and Jordan Rankin to spread the ball wide to James Clare, who scored in the corner.

Wakefield levelled the scores with a penalty as the half drew to a close, but after an injury to Joe Arundel, they were given 15 seconds to attack the Tigers line at the death.

The ball came to Jacob Miller and on the hooter, the half-back slotted a one-pointer to change the lead for the fifth time in the half.

HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 14-15 Wakefield Trinity

Castleford started the half with the higher intensity, as they were hounding the Trinity line. Once they looked to cross on the left hand edge and James Clare powered over in the corner, dotting down just a second before stepping into touch.

Wakefield didn’t come out fighting like they had done at the start of the game, and went on to concede a penalty on their own try line, which resulted in a yellow card to Joe Batchelor. He was deemed to have taken out Oliver Holmes as the second-rower attempted to reach the ball in the in-goal area.

Richardson converted the penalty for a five point lead.

The Tigers punished their rivals in just their next attacking set as Jake Trueman’s kick ricocheted into the arms of Holmes, who ran under the posts to score on his 200th appearance for Castleford. The conversion from Richardson was successful as Cas took a 26-15 lead.

The points kept coming for Castleford and Olpherts was picked up his second on 55 minutes. Peter Mata’utia was strong enough to hold off Tom Johnstone to offload to Olpherts to score.

Further ill-discipline from the Wakefield side left them on a team warning.

A poor tackle from Romain Navarrete on Paul McShane meant that Trinity were once again down to 12, with Cas still in the ascendency.

Castleford couldn’t break through the Wakefield line for the ten minutes that Navarrete was off the field.

Tigers managed to keep Trinity to nil in sloppy second half from the visitors.

In the final minute of the game, Wakefield conceded a penalty in front of the posts and Cas finished the game off with two points, and also the Adam Watene Trophy.

FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 32-15 Wakefield Trinity


Man of the Match: Oliver Holmes

On his 200th Castleford appearance, the second-rower was secure in defence, making plenty of tackles as the Tigers kept Wakefield quiet in the second half. He scored a well deserved try, and could have picked up a second if it hadn’t had been for Joe Batchelor.


Castleford Tigers

Rankin, Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, Blair, Massey

Interchanges:  Millington, McMeeken, Smith, O’Neill

Tries: Blair, Olpherts (2), Clare (2), Holmes

Goals: Richardson (4/8)

Wakefield Trinity

Jowitt, Johnstone, Arundel, Lyne, Tupou, Hampshire, Miller, Kopczak, K. Wood, Tanginoa, Ashurst, Pitts, Westerman.

Interchanges: Navarrete, Batchelor, J. Wood, Tangata

Tries: Westerman, Johnstone

Goals: Hampshire (3/4)

Referee: J. Child
Touch Judges: D. Bowmer, J. Roberts
Video Referee: T. Grant

Image Source: Castleford Tigers

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