Here it is the day has finally arrived the biggest derby in Rugby League between Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and the Castleford Tigers this match is the second meeting in the SL this season and the 86th meeting between the two teams. This game will also be a special match as it was for the Adam Watene trophy which is given to the winning team in memory of Adam Watene who played for both sides.
Wakefield started the first half the better side putting pressure on the Castleford defence , this lead to a try for the inform Wildcats in the 4th minute when Stand Off Jacob Miller touched down to give the Wildcats an early lead the try was converted by Ex Tigers player Liam Finn converted to make the score 6-0 to the Wildcats. The half went from bad to worse for the Tigers as Joe Arundel yet another Ex Castleford player touched down for the Wildcats second try of the game to make the score 10-0 and give the Tigers a small mountain to climb.
The Castleford Tigers however managed to claw back with a try of their own this time through Greg Minikin who went over in the 20th minute. Castleford then stepped up their fierce attack even more putting a lot of pressure on the Wildcats line this eventually led to another try for the Tigers in the 25th minute when Oliver Holmes touched down for the second Castleford try of the game. This try was converted by Luke Gale to tie the game at 10-10.
The tied score didn’t last long as once again Castleford were on the back foot having to defend a Wakefield attack that all season long has seen them get some brilliant results against Wigan and Catalan. The 3rd try for the Wildcats came just 3 minutes after the Tigers had scored in the 28th minute when yet again Joe Arundel went over to score his second try of the game. Arundel’s try was successfully converted by Finn which made the score 16-10 to the Wildcats at the end of the first half.
Castleford began the second half in brilliant fashion with new signing Andre Savelio touching down in his debut match for the Tigers this try was converted once again to bring the scores level for the second time. Yet again like they have all season the Tigers defence crumbled and they gave way to Reece Lyre to score this made the score 20-16. Wakefield however started to make the same defensive mistakes that Castleford have letting them through to score 5 unanswered tries and conversions coming from: Luke Gale (59th Minute) , Junior Moors (63rd) ,Greg Minikin (70th) , Tom Holmes (75th) and Ryan Hampshire (78th Minute). This made the full time score 46-20 to the Castleford Tigers, this result meant that the Tigers retained the Adam Watene trophy.
This win means that Castleford end the regular season in 6th spot whilst the Wakefield Wildcats end the season in 8th. The Wakefield Wildcats will be keeping their heads up high for next weekends Challenge Cup game against the Warrington Wolves. This result also means that the Tigers will have the following fixtures in the Super 8’s with the dates to be confirmed.