Sunday 18th May 2014
Story in brief:
Castleford Tigers got back to winning ways in the First Utility Super League on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 50-12 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Daryl Powell's side dominated from start to finish in this Magic Weekend encounter, and two tries apiece from Marc Sneyd, Justin Carney and Daryl Clark helped the Tigers' cement a top four place in the table ahead of next week's clash with Widnes.
Castleford started the game brightly, but it took a fantastic last-ditch tackle from Liam Finn to deny Wakefield the opening score. Finn then went down the other end and put the ball on a plate for Clark, who gave his team a lead they would ultimately never relinquish.
Justin Carney increased the advantage after 18 minutes with an amazing finish near the touchline. The Australian looked set to be dragged into touch as four Wakefield players closed in on him, but he used some dazzling footwork and brutal strength to score his 11th try of the season.
Clark continued to cause the Wildcats problems at Manchester City's stadium, and more scintillating speed that Sergio Aguero would have admired saw the hooker find Jordan Tansey, who had the easiest of tasks to gift Castleford their third of the day midway through the half.
Skipper Michael Shenton then showed Clark that he too has plenty of pace in his locker as he latched upon a loose ball 90 metres out to race home, giving Castleford another special try for the highlights reel and a 22 point advantage at half-time.
Shenton and Sneyd combined quickly after the break, and a neat one-two gave the latter the perfect reward for his near-flawless kicking throughout. Sneyd and Carney then both added their second tries of the day, and Frankie Mariano also celebrated signing a new two-year deal with one of his own.
Wakefield did get some consolation thanks to Nick Scruton and Paul Sykes, but Clark completed the rout in the dying seconds of the game after some opportunism for Jake Webster, on what was a very successful afternoon for the black and amber side of West Yorkshire.
By Adam Etherington.
CASTLEFORD: Tansey, Dixon, Webster, Shenton, Carney, Sneyd, Finn, Lynch, Clark, Huby, Holmes, Hauraki, Millington INTERCHANGES: Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Jewitt
CASTLEFORD TRIES: Clark (2), Carney (2), Tansey, Shenton, Sneyd (2), Mariano
CASTLEFORD GOALS: Sneyd (7/9)
WAKEFIELD: Sammut, Mathers, Collis, Walshaw, Riley, Sykes, Siejka, Anderson, McShane, Scruton, Ryan, Kirmond, Smith INTERCHANGES: Godinet, Moore, Washbrook, Fairbank
WAKEFIELD TRIES: Scruton, Sykes
WAKEFIELD GOALS: Sammut (2)