Thursday 6th July 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 21

24-25 FT

( 16-0 HT )

Attendance: 6,430

Official: C Kendall

Venue: The Beaumont Legal Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Ben Jones-Bishop, Kyle Wood, David Fifita,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden, Grant Millington, Mike McMeeken, Jake Webster,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Luke Gale,

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers overturned a 16-0 half-time deficit to beat Wakefield Trinity 25-24 in a thrilling derby at Belle Vue.

Luke Gale's drop goal with 90 seconds left secured a 10th successive Betfred Super League win that moves the Tigers 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Ben Jones-Bishop touched down for the 17th time in the league this season and Kyle Wood crossed for a second try in the first half.

Greg Eden's 32nd try of the season was followed by Grant Millington going over as two tries in five minutes put Castleford back in the game.

Mike McMeeken's try allowed Gale to kick his third goal and give the Tigers the lead for the first time.

Wakefield roared back with David Fifita bundling three defenders out of the way to touch down with 11 minutes left, but Jake Webster crashed over late on before Gale took his side to victory.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell: "We needed to change a few things at half-time. I'm not taking anything away from Wakefield, who pretty much dominated the first half, but our attitude was just not quite where it needed to be.

"We'd won nine games straight and I suppose it's human nature that you just dip a bit. It's a lesson for us that every week teams want to beat us. 

"In the second half we looked completely different. Our attitude was better and we started to get our game together. To do what we did at the end showed a lot of character, it was a great response from us. The spirit was incredible and if we had lost by a point I would have said the same."

Wakefield coach Chris Chester: "It was a tale of two halves. It was probably the best 40 minutes we've played all season in the first half. We were very aggressive from the kick-off and really took it to their pack and came up with some really good play.

"We let it slip in the second half and didn't react quick enough to the momentum swing. I thought when big Dave went over, we were in for a good night but we just came up short in the last minute. 

"It's a tough one to take because it's a derby but we're a good side and we can still get in that top four."

  • 79: Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 74: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 73: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 69: TRY! scored for Wakefield by David Fifita
  • 55: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 47: TRY! scored for Castleford by Grant Millington
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 42: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 28: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kyle Wood
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 9: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • Key Performers

    Luke Gale

    Forty Twenty 1
    5 5

    Greg Eden

    Metres 218
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 3
    Castleford Tigers 4

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 6
    Castleford Tigers 4

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1256
    Castleford Tigers 1462

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 140
    Castleford Tigers 177

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 348
    Castleford Tigers 286

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Castleford Tigers 8

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 8
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 2
    Castleford Tigers 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    David Fifita 1 0 16 2 0 2 0 10 99 9.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Kyle Wood 1 1 44 6 2 0 0 7 52 7.43 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 1 0 4 1 1 2 0 12 146 12.17 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Annakin 0 0 12 1 0 2 0 4 44 11.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 7 3 1 0 0 6 66 11.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony England 0 0 22 5 2 0 0 9 88 9.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 39 11 1 1 0 9 68 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dean Hadley 0 1 34 11 3 0 0 11 88 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mat Ashurst 0 0 34 9 0 0 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 23 6 0 3 0 11 84 7.64 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 38 6 3 2 0 9 68 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 15 0 5 0 2 3 11 3.67 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 1
    Sam Williams 0 0 21 6 2 0 3 1 9 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Arundel 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 9 79 8.78 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Bill Tupou 0 0 15 2 1 2 0 12 116 9.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mason Caton-Brown 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 18 132 7.33 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Grix 0 0 5 0 1 2 0 2 52 26.00 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jake Webster 1 0 17 3 2 4 1 11 105 9.55 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Eden 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 15 218 14.53 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Grant Millington 1 0 29 3 0 0 0 13 98 7.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Mike McMeeken 1 0 28 4 4 1 0 13 104 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Shenton 0 0 23 6 0 0 0 12 73 6.08 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 11 78 7.09 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 14 1 0 3 0 11 86 7.82 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Ben Roberts 0 1 17 4 1 2 0 12 102 8.50 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 0 12 1 0 0 8 3 13 4.33 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 17 2 2 1 0 13 119 9.15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Paul McShane 0 2 30 4 3 5 0 11 97 8.82 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 23 5 0 1 0 16 116 7.25 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 20 2 0 2 0 5 26 5.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Andy Lynch 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 14 83 5.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 15 5 2 0 0 6 56 9.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Larne Patrick 0 0 13 1 1 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Foster 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 4 38 9.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties