Today saw the Castleford Tigers take on Wakefield Trinity at Bell Vue in their second pre season friendly of 2017. Who would be taking home bragging rights in this west Yorkshire derby.
Wakefield’s Scott Grix got the match underway , with the Tigers attacking towards the Doncaster Road end. It was Castleford who started the match well thanks to half back Luke Gale who touched down in the third minute after a kick by returning Ben Roberts slipped through the Wakefield defence. Gale then converted his own try to make it 6-0 to the Tigers after 3 minutes.
The next ten minutes saw Castleford make a number of mistakes giving away penalties from a offside position. However this didn’t stop them scoring again in the 17th minute thanks to Greg Eden which gave him his 4th try of the year after a hat trick against Hull on Boxing Day. Gale managed to keep his 100% conversion rate making it 12-0 to Castleford after 17 minutes.
Wakefield continued to crumble under Castleford pressure with the Tigers scoring yet again thanks to Paul McShane who scored from dummy half to make the score 16-0 with Gale kicking successfully to make it 18-0.
Wakefield then took their own chance of the game when Scott Grix put a grubber kick into the Tigers area however Bill Tupou was beaten by Castleford’s Greg Eden to the ball.
Castleford continued their dominance yet again with Greg Eden touching down after Luke Gale’s pass hit the ground and swan diving over the line to make it 22-0 to the Tigers. Gale then converted the try to make it 24-0 with three minutes to go in the first half.
Wakefield managed to but a dent in the Tigers armour as they scored their first try of the game thanks to Reece Lyne to make it 24-4 at half time.
Half Time: Wakefield Trinity 4 – Castleford Tigers 24
Castleford started the second half like they did the first , it was youngster Luke Million who went over for the Tigers to make it 28-4 with full back Greg Eden taking over kicking duties and kicking the goal to make it 30-4.
Wakefield then scored the second try of the half thanks to number 14 Sam Williams to make it 30-8. Williams converted his own try to make it 10-30.
Castleford then had a chance to extend their lead once again thanks to Greg Minikin who made a great break but lost the ball near the line. Wakefield scored yet again thanks to Bill Tupou who touched down for Trinity. Liam Finn missed his kick to keep the score at 14-30 to the Tigers.
Wakefield continued to dominate the second half with a try coming from James Batchelor to bring the Trinity within 12 points of the Tigers and the score to 18-30 with Finn missing another conversion.
Trinity then got within a try of the Tigers when Jacob Miller put a kick past the Tigers defence and left Arundel to touch down for Wakefield and make it 22-30 with 18 minutes to go at Bell Vue.
Wakefield then continued their second half dominance thanks to 2016’s young man of steel Tom Johnstone who fetched Trinity within 4 points of the Castleford Tigers and the score to 26-30 with Craig Huby missing the conversion.
The Wakefield trinity then levelled the scores with 5 minutes to go with Anthony Walker touching down to make it 30-30. Sam Williams then kicked the conversion to send Wakefield in front for the first time in the game.
Full Time: Wakefield 32 – Castleford 30