Wakefield Trinity played host to the Castleford Tigers at Belle Vue, a game of two halves with Wakefield Trinity snatching victory 32-30.
Castleford Tigers put points on the board early with Ben Roberts putting in a beautiful grubber into the in goal and caught the Wakefield defence off-guard, Luke Gale was the first to get a hand on the ball o score the first Try of the game. Gale converts his own try. Trinity 0-6 Tigers at the 4 minute of the game.
The tigers continued to put the Wakefield defence under pressure and it was a Great kick from Luke Gale delivered a 40/20 to the tigers which setup their second Try for the game. It was Gale and Greg Eden who combined to put Greg Minikin over the line in the corner. Gale converts from the touchline. Trinity 0-12 Tigers.
It took only minutes for the Tigers to add more points to the board, with hooker Paul McShane scoring from dummy half. Gale adds the extras. Castleford took the lead to 0-18 at the 21 minute of the game.
Wakefield Winger Tom Johnstone tried to put some points on the board for Trinity, but faced a stiff Tigers defence, with Jake Webster, Ben Roberts and Greg Eden putting Johnstone into touch.
It was the Tigers who crossed the line again before the half with Greg Eden crossing in the corner for the Tigers 4th try of the afternoon. 0-22. Gale converts from the sideline to extend the lead to 0-24.
Minutes before the 1st half came to a conclusion, Trinity make a Try out of nothing, after Greg Eden had the ball stolen on a kick return by Kyle Wood and he put Reece Lyne over the line for Wakefield for their first points of the game. Sam Williams was unable to convert leaving the score 4-24 at the half.
Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester headaches continued in the second half, as it the Tigers crossed the line in the opening minute of the half. Luke Million throws a beautiful dummy and runs in for the Try. Greg Eden took over the kicking duties and coverted extra points to extend Casleford’s lead 4-30 Tigers.
New Wakefield recruit Sam Williams shows his strength scores Trinity’s second Try of the game, teaming up with fellow Aussie Jacob Miller. Williams converted his own try and reduced the lead to 10-30 at 49 minute mark.
Reece Lyne looked set to score his second try of the game as he crossed the line, but was held up by a solid Tigers defence.
Wakefield Trinity continued their attack against the Tigers and it was Ben Jones-Bishop who broke the Tigers line and set up Bill Tupou for another Try. Liam Finn replaced Sam Williams but was unable to convert the extra points, but Trinity continued to close the gap 14-30.
It took just 3 minutes before Wakefield put more points on the board with James Batchelor, smashing through the Tigers line, before racing 30m to the line. Wakefield closed the gap to two converted Tries, as Finn missed his second conversion for the game.
Castleford Tigers had looked like they had packed up and gone home, as Wakefield scored another two tries in quick succession, from Joseph Arundel and young gun Tom Johnstone, but poor goal kicking from Wakefield allowed the Tigers to maintain the lead with just 13 minutes remaining.
With just 6 minutes remaining in the game Ant Walker powers over the line to level the scores, with Sam Williams finally getting Wakefield goal kicking back online convert the extra points and giving Trinity the lead with only minutes remaining.
Wakefield were able to hold on to make a remarkable comeback and win the game 32-30. Castleford coach Daryl Powell will disappointed by his side second half performance, as they surrender a 26 point lead.
Wakefield Trinity: Reece Lyne, Sam Williams, Bill Tupou, James Batchelor, Joseph Arundel, Tom Johnstone, Ant Walker
Castleford Tigers: Luke Gale, Greg Minikin, Paul McShane, Greg Eden, Luke Million