Posted: Friday 18th August 2023

Tigers take the two on Derby Day

Derby Day belonged to the Fords as they took two points back to WF10 after beating Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue

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Derby Day belonged to the Fords as they took two points back to WF10 after beating Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue.


The Tigers looked to break down their right edge in the opening exchanges. Eden caught the bomb of Gale and ran across the line to find a gap before passing it off to Wallis. However the ball came free and Cas had to defend.

The Tigers stood firm and headed up the field and that’s when they broke the deadlock. New boy Tasipale grabbed his first try in Tigers colours. A kick on the last from Miller was batted back by Watts, into the hands of the Lebanese international and he grounded. After a look by the video referee, the try was awarded and Widdop added the extras.

Wakefield thought they were level on 17 minutes after a Luke Gale kick was grounded by Josh Griffin. However after a fairly lengthy review, video referee Jack Smith found Ashurst offside in the build up and ruled the response out.

It took the hosts another 10 minutes before they did eventually open their account. A shift from left to right found Jowitt, who faked a pass further right and opted to go on his own. He did so and grounded in the corner.

Just a minute later the hosts were in front. After a penalty for offside allowed Trinity to kick down field, and a barrelling run from Fifita, Wakefield were inside Cas’ 10m. A shift to the left from Lino found Griffin who dotted down to give them a 2 point advantage.

The Fords looked to put things right with a huge kick from Austin that was spilled by Lineham 20m from the Trinity line, and that they did. An incredible dive in from Eden after Miller looked left to Widdop, who tipped on to the Fords number 2 who kept himself infield and reached out to score and pull Cas back in front with 3 minutes to play in the half.

Cas were in again before the hooter! Eden again! Austin forced a knock on with a huge hit on Griffin and Cas had head and feed. The ball was fired left out of the scrum and Widdop again found Eden unmarked on the edge but this time, Greg was unopposed! He dived in and after a check on the try from the video ref, the try was given. Widdop slotted the kick from the touchline to give the fords an 8-point advantage at the break.


After the break, the Fords reasserted their dominance and were awarded with another score, 9 minutes into the second 40. An unbelievable break from Wallis, allowed Tasipale to keep the move alive and make 60 metres. After Widdop was caught, the ball came left and Edwards’ pass to Foster allowed the Fords’ centre to step inside and stroll in for his first since returning to the club.

Wakefield responded 5 minutes later. After Westerman had lost possession at the play the ball, the hosts had it back 30m out. Kendal then blew for a penalty which allowed the ball to go right, and found Griffin to go in at the corner for his second of the night.

Wakefield thought they’d dragged themselves back into the contest at the half way mark of the second 40. After a mistake from Widdop, Trinity had head and feed. Kay came close but to no avail, but that got the hosts set to pass it out to the right. That they did, and Lineham dived in, but his received pass from Lyne was deemed forward.

Cas worked their way up field after that, and were awarded a penalty for a high shot on Foster. Ward called for the tee to be taken on, and Widdop slotted home giving Cas a 12 point advantage with just 15 minutes left on the clock.

A mix up in the Tigers defence after a kick from Lino saw the ball go to ground in-goal. A last ditch effort from Lineham sent the crowd cheering, but after consulting the video ref, he’d grounded the ball out of play.

To round off a brilliant night for the Fords, Greg Eden grabbed his hat-trick on the hooter after scooting in from the left edge!



Full Time: Wakefield Trinity 18-28 Castleford Tigers




Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt, Senior, Griffin, Lyne, Lineham, Lino, Gale, Bowden, Hood, Whitbread, Ashurst, Pitts, Proctor

Interchanges: Kay, Fifita, Atoni, Battye

18th man: Dagger


Castleford Tigers: Widdop, Wallis, Broadbent, Turner, Eden, Austin, Miller, Watts, Horne, Lawler, Edwards, Tasipale, Westerman

Interchanges: Griffin, Massey, Matagi, Foster

18th man: Johnstone



Wakefield Trinity:

Tries: Jowitt, Griffin 2

Goals: Jowitt 0/2, Gale 0/1


Castleford Tigers:

Tries: Tasipale, Eden 3, Foster

Goals: Widdop 3/5

Penalty Goals: Widdop 1/1