Castleford Tigers earned the bragging rights in the Good Friday derby with Wakefield Wildcats as they left the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with a 43-20 win.
Tries from Justin Carney and Liam Finn and a brace each from Daryl Clark, Richard Owen and Scott Wheeldon gave the Tigers their seventh win from nine games as they continued to keep pace at the top of the First Utility Super League.
The win also meant that the Tigers received the Adam Watene Trophy, a deserved reward for an excellent display from Daryl Powell's men.
The Tigers took an early lead with less than five minutes gone when Andy Lynch produced a smart offload to allow Marc Sneyd to work it left to Michael Shenton, who in-turn fed Carney on his outside. The rampaging winger charged towards the line and easily palmed off the challenge of Wakefield full-back Jarrod Sammut to score.
Grant Millington then charged his way through the heart of the Wakefield defence and spotted Clark on the inside to set the lightning quick hooker free and he touched down between the posts.
Wakefield's response was quick; first they forced a drop out before Paul McShane crossed from dummy half, but he then became the villain when he attempted an offload which gifted the Tigers the ball which found its way to Owen in the corner.
The Wildcats though reduced the gap to just two when Jarrod Sammut finished off a move down the left, despite what looked like a knock-on from Matt Ryan in the build up.
Owen then claimed his second of the game after the hosts were penalised for Richard Moore's high shot on Channing , Weller Hauraki's long pass found his winger who dived over in the corner.
The Tigers would go in to half-time with a 14 point advantage as Wheeldon scored his first try of the season and Sneyd added his third conversion from five attempts.
Wakefield, needing a good start to the second period, got just that when first Lyne pounced on Matt Ryan's bouncing grubber to score, then Sammut was the beneficiary of his own high kick after Richard Owen failed to collect.
Cas, feeling the pressure a little in the early stages of the second 40, steadily found their rhythm and Finn scored under the sticks when he leapt high to collect a bouncing grubber from Sneyd.
Sneyd added a little breathing space with a drop goal towards the end, followed immediately by Clark's second as raced down the right hand side to score.
The game was put to bed in the final minute when Wheeldon grabbed his second after excellent work from Millington.
Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Lyne, Collis, Sykes, Riley, Sammut, Siejka, Anderson, McShane, Scruton, Kirmond, Ryan, Washbrook. SUBS: Godinet, Moore, Annakin, Smith.
Castleford Tigers: Clare, Owen, Channing, Shenton, Carney, Sneyd, Finn, Lynch, Clark, Huby, Holmes, Hauraki, Millington. SUBS: Milner, Boyle, Mariano, Wheeldon.
Wakefield tries: McShane, Sammut (2), Lyne
Wakefield goals: Sammut (2)
Castleford tries: Carney, Clark (2), Owen (2), Wheeldon (2), Finn
Castleford goals: Sneyd (5)
Castleford drop goals: Sneyd
Referee: Phil Bentham
Photo: Melanie Allatt.
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