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Wakefield outgun Tigers
Castleford no match for Wildcats
Wakefield's strong finish to the season continued with their second win of 2012 over local rivals Castleford on Sunday.
Australian scrum-half Tim Smith was in top form as the Wildcats comprehensively outplayed their neighbours to run out 40-12 winners and record a third successive Super League victory.
The Tigers, who slumped to their fifth defeat in six games, were 34-0 down before prop Paul Jackson opened their account with a 61st minute try, with Nick Youngquest adding another consolation score 11 minutes later.
The hosts welcomed back skipper Danny Orr, Josh Griffin and Jamie Ellis from injury after missing the 40-16 defeat at Wigan, while hooker Ryan Hudson made his 300th career appearance against his old club.
And Full-back Richard Mathers, who is on loan to Wakefield from the Tigers, made his 200th career appearance against his parent club.
The Wildcats were the first to threaten with Paul Sykes making a clever run and Youngquest doing well to gather Tim Smith's dangerous kick behind his own try line.
A knock on by Castleford winger Rhys Williams 10 yards from his own try line led to Wakefield taking an 11th minute lead.
Lee Smith was halted just short from the resulting scrum before Ben Cockayne forced his way over from acting half.
Wakefield struck again four minutes later when Tim Smith made the space for Mathers to dart over and Sykes, who missed his first conversion but was then on-target for the remainder of the afternoon, made it 10-0.
Castleford struggled to get a foothold in the game and often wasted limited possession with handling mistakes.
Kyle Amor went close and both Andy Ellis and Frankie Mariano were held up over the line as Wakefield continued to make most of the running.
On the rare occasions the Tigers got within striking distance of the try line they invariably lost the ball.
A superb 40/20 by Sykes gave the Wildcats another excellent attacking position but it was wasted when Tim Smith's pass was forward.
However, Tim Smith quickly made amends when he dummied his way through Castleford's flat-footed defence after 35 minutes.
Castleford's best first-half spell came shortly before half-time but Wakefield survived the onslaught to retain a 16-0 lead their first-half dominance deserved.
Castleford's hopes of getting back in the game faded four minutes into the second-half when Tim Smith and Danny Kirmond linked to send in Dean Collis.
The Wildcats missed another gilt-edged chance three minutes later when Amor was unable to take Lee Smith's pass with the try line wide open.
It was only temporary respite for the Tigers because Kirmond then went over over from Tim Smith's pass.
The one-way traffic continued when Lee Smith capitalised on Tim Smith's kick to score before Castleford finally got a look in when Jackson plunged over from close range.
Youngquest finished a well-worked move to score the Tigers' second try seven minutes from time and Orr added the extras.
But the Wildcats had the last word when Tim Smith sent in Mathers for his second touchdown, with Sykes kicking his sixth goal.
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|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
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|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
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