Castleford Tigers 28-26 Wakefield Trinity

Thursday 18th April 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 11

28-26 FT

HT: 22 4

Attendance: 9,316

Official: C Kendall

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    James Clare, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Mike McMeeken, Cory Ashton, Greg Minikin,

  • Goals
    Peter Mata'utia (4),

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Mason Caton-Brown (2), Joe Arundel, Ben Reynolds, Tinirau Arona,

  • Goals
    Ryan Hampshire (3),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers were forced to hold off a spirited late fightback from injury-hit Wakefield Trinity to claim a 28-26 victory over their local rivals.

The Tigers were comfortably leading 28-8 with 24 minutes to play, but Wakefield scored three times in eight minutes to set up the late drama.

The third-placed Tigers held on though, moving two points behind Warrington Wolves and four off leaders St Helens.

Castleford opened up a 22-0 lead inside 24 minutes.

James Clare touched down after Mason Caton-Brown failed to take Jake Trueman's kick and, after Jesse Sene-Lefao barged his way over, the winger took a fine offload from Mike McMeeken to score again.

Corey Aston then crossed on his Tigers debut before Caton-Brown got Wakefield on the board in the 32nd minute with a spectacular finish in the corner.

Greg Minikin jinked his way over at the start of the second half for the Tigers, shortly before Caton-Brown crossed for his second.

Peter Mata'utia kicked a penalty, but Wakefield came storming back to make it 28-26 with 10 minutes remaining.

Joe Arundel went in at the corner, debutant Ben Reynolds finished a fine break from Max Jowitt and Tinirau Arona scored to give Cas a fright.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “For the first 50 minutes we were outstanding. Our young half-back pairing handled things really well and some of the things we did were as good as we’ve seen for a long time.

“When the momentum changed, you could almost feel the nervousness in the team. They got back at us and we did well to hang on in the end. It was an important win for us.”

Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: “We’ve lost another close one. I hate coming to this place.

“It was a missed opportunity tonight. I thought we actually started the game well, for the first 10 or 12 minutes, but it went downhill from then."

  • 72: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 70: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tinirau Arona
  • 67: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Reynolds
  • 67: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 62: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Joe Arundel
  • 56: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 50: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 46: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 32: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 24: TRY! scored for Castleford by Cory Ashton
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 18: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 15: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jesse Sene-Lefao
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 11: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • Key Performers

    Mike McMeeken

    Offloads: 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Tigers 5
    Trinity 5

    Goals:

    Tigers 4
    Trinity 3

    METRES:

    Tigers 1273
    Trinity 1086

    CARRIES:

    Tigers 170
    Trinity 171

    TACKLES:

    Tigers 308
    Trinity 326

    OFFLOADS:

    Tigers 9
    Trinity 12

    PENALTIES:

    Tigers 6
    Trinity 7

    BREAKS:

    Tigers 7
    Trinity 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Nathan Massey 0 0 33 9 0 0 0 18 136 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Clare 2 0 4 0 1 1 0 19 135 7.11 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 0 1 38 8 0 1 0 16 125 7.81 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Watts 0 1 49 12 1 2 0 15 123 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Greg Minikin 1 1 16 1 4 2 0 13 98 7.54 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 17 1 1 2 0 12 91 7.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Eden 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 10 85 8.50 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Cory Aston 1 0 24 4 1 2 4 7 84 12.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 31 5 4 0 0 13 75 5.77 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 1
    Peter Mata'utia 0 1 9 0 1 1 1 14 72 5.14 0 1 2 0 4 4 1 1
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 10 1 0 1 0 6 53 8.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 9 0 0 1 0 5 49 9.80 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 7 1 0 3 0 4 49 12.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 29 2 3 1 0 7 41 5.86 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Trueman 0 0 13 1 1 1 8 7 32 4.57 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 1 0 10 1 0 1 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacques O'Neill 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 19 2 1 4 0 12 131 10.92 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    George King 0 0 28 8 0 0 0 11 106 9.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Reece Lyne 0 0 14 3 0 1 0 15 103 6.87 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 2
    Kyle Wood 0 0 42 6 3 2 0 15 84 5.60 0 14 1 0 0 0 2 0
    David Fifita 0 0 27 2 1 5 0 12 74 6.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 17 4 3 0 0 12 65 5.42 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tinirau Arona 1 0 36 8 2 0 0 11 62 5.64 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 30 4 1 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Arundel 1 0 7 0 1 1 0 7 57 8.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mason Caton-Brown 2 0 6 0 1 1 0 17 56 3.29 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 1 12 1 1 0 3 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0
    Max Jowitt 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 54 7.71 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Reynolds 1 1 17 0 2 1 3 9 54 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 1 5 0 1 3 0 12 50 4.17 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 23 4 1 0 0 6 37 6.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 22 4 1 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Crowther 0 0 18 3 0 0 0 3 14 4.67 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