Cas secure bragging rights with Wakey win
Posted: Friday 12th July 2019 - 10:00 PM
A James Clare hat-trick and some fluent attacking play from the Tigers laid the platform for Cas’ 36-16 victory away to Wakefield.
After a disappointing result last week, the Fords were back on-song at the Mobile Rocket Stadium and secured the bragging rights with an accomplished second half performance to seal an entertaining encounter in the 22nd round of the Betfred Super League.
Cas won the toss and opted to kick-off, with a solid opening defensive set rewarded by a rare error from the boot of Danny Brough, his kick sailing out on the full to give away early field position. From there, the Tigers swung it left and right but couldn’t quite capitalise as Clare was bundled into touch as he went for the corner on the last tackle.
The Fords continued to come forward and Clare and Cheyse Blair both had further half chances on either flank inside the opening 10 minutes as their teammates worked the overlap in an early sign of some of the positive attacking play that was to come.
At the other end, Clare repaid the repaid the favour on his opposite number Mason Caton-Brown by throwing the wingman over the sideline to halt the home side’s first real attack but a string of errors and penalties eventually told as Trinity finally made their possession count in the second quarter.
Brough was at the heart of most of his team’s best moments and his two first half penalties proved the difference between the sides at the break, whilst his booming kick downfield set up Trinity’s opening try as Tuoyo Egodo spilled after a wicked bounce and Kyle Wood swooped to race over from the home side.
However, in between some frustrating play in the own half, Cas were looking threatening with ball in hand and sandwiched Wakefield’s points with two lovely tries of their own in the first 40 minutes, both coming down their left edge. Jake Trueman and Oliver Holmes were at the heart of each score, with the half back’s offload to Holmes allowing the substitute to race clear and set up the position for Egodo to finish strongly in the left corner later in the set from Jordan Rankin’s cut out pass.
Trueman and Holmes then went one better in the closing minutes of the first half, this time Holmes showing the pace and strength to get all the way to the line himself following another long-distance break from Trueman.
Peter Mata’utia missed both conversions from the left touchline as Wakey went into the break 10-8 in front but the Tigers will have been buoyed by the fluency and accuracy of some of their attacking play in the opening period.
After an initial spell of pressure from the hosts at the start of the second half, Cas began equally brightly with Trueman pulling the strings in a superb individual performance after missing last week’s defeat to Leeds with a concussion. It was the half’s neat grubber which forced a drop out in the 45th minute and from the resulting set he threw a wonderful long pass out to the right to send Clare in untouched. This time, Mata’utia added the extras from the touchline to give his side the lead for the first time.
Mata’utia, once again playing in midfield to accommodate Rankin at full back, then turned provider for another impressive score from the Tigers. Wakefield had mounted a response to Cas’ earlier try with a spell of pressure that Daryl Powell’s men soaked up well, and the counter response at the end was full of accuracy as Mata’utia launched a towering bomb into the night sky and Rankin timed his run and jump to perfection to outclimb Hampshire and streak over under the posts.
Mata’utia’s conversion stretched the advantage to 20-10 until Brough made the most of an error from the kick-off to drag his side back into the contest. It took three consecutive sets on the Cas line for the gap to appear but the half back took advantage to stretch over down the right edge, with his fourth goal of the game cutting the gap to just four points again going into the final quarter.
The game was turning into a thriller with the bragging rights on the line and both teams had chances to strike a knockout blow at either end. It took some stubborn defence – and some excellent scramble – from Cas to keep Trinity at bay but the Fords were resolute on their own line before posting back-to-back tries to finish the match as a contest.
It was Clare who grabbed both of them to complete his hat-trick, the first coming as McShane worked a nice wraparound play before flicking out a pass for the winger to finish well as he stepped back inside, whilst Clare’s third had a lot to thank Egodo for as he roared down the left touchline to establish field position after Blair had recovered Wakefield’s short kick-off. With the home side on the back foot, Cas kept their composure to spread it out to the right once more and Clare had the easiest of finishes to secure the spoils with six minutes left on the clock.
The confidence was flowing through Powell’s side buy this stage and they finished the match with the wind in their sails. Rankin grabbed his second try in carbon copy fashion to his first as he leapt high above Hampshire before planting the ball down in the in-goal to take the scores out to 36-16
Full Time: Wakefield Trinity 16-36 Castleford Tigers
Hampshire, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Caton-Brown, Miller, Brough, England, Wood, Tanginoa, Pauli, Arundel, Batchelor
King, Kopczak, Hirst, Crowther
Tries: Wood, Brough
Conversions: Brough (2/2)
Penalty: Brough (2/2)
Rankin, Clare, Minikin, Blair, Egodo, Mata’utia, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Clarkson, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Milner
Millington, Holmes, Massey, O’Neill
Tries: Clare (3), Rankin (2), Egodo, Holmes
Conversions: Mata’utia (4/7)
*Match report by Matt Holden
**Photography by Simon Hall
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