Wakefield Trinity 6-11 Castleford Tigers

Thursday 29th March 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 8

6-11 FT

HT: 0 7

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Ben Jones-Bishop,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Mike McMeeken,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Luke Gale,

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers demonstrated their tough side to grind out an 11-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity to move up to third in the Betfred Super League table.

With both sides scoring one try, the outcome was determined by the boot of England scrum-half Luke Gale, who kicked two late penalties to add to a first-half drop goal.

Mike McMeeken crossed for the opening try in the 16th minute when he took a short pass from Ben Roberts, who reverted to half-back alongside Gale with Jake Trueman coming in at full-back.

Winger Ben Jones-Bishop and prop David Fifita both went close for Wakefield before Gale’s drop goal nudged the visitors’ lead to 7-0 at the break.

Jones-Bishop scored his fourth successive try against the Tigers, with Liam Finn converting to narrow Castleford’s lead to one point before Gale kicked two goals to earn their fifth consecutive win.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “We’ve just had our victory song and it’s the best one we’ve had for ages.

“Teams are defined by performances in conditions like tonight and I’m delighted. You are not going to watch that and purr from a rugby league point of view but it wasn’t a game for throwing the ball around.

“The conditions were tough and for us to come here and win, particularly when the momentum of the game changed in the second half, I think we showed a lot of character.

“It was a really tough effort. Sometimes we’re not the toughest team at times but today we showed we’ve got a fair bit of steel about us.”

Wakefield boss Chris Chester said: “I’m proud of the boys. I thought in the second half we showed some real grit and determination.

“I thought we were the better team. We dropped the ball over the line twice and I don’t think we got the rub of the green.

“But take nothing away form Castleford. I thought they were very good in the first half with the wind behind them.

“It was a real tough game and real good team performance. We’re disappointed we lost but it’s fine margins and we just fell short again. We’ve just got to be a bit more clinical with the ball.”

  • 75: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 59: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 37: Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 17: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 1
    Castleford Tigers 1

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 1
    Castleford Tigers 3

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1061
    Castleford Tigers 1078

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 170
    Castleford Tigers 174

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 375
    Castleford Tigers 365

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Castleford Tigers 7

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 9
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 1
    Castleford Tigers 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Jones-Bishop 1 0 8 1 0 4 0 12 69 5.75 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 22 6 1 0 0 11 74 6.73 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 18 3 3 1 0 10 68 6.80 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Kyle Wood 0 0 32 3 0 1 1 11 82 7.45 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Fifita 0 0 26 3 0 10 0 15 79 5.27 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 50 14 0 0 0 10 64 6.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 47 11 1 2 0 10 64 6.40 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 23 5 1 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony England 0 0 19 3 4 0 0 4 18 4.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyler Randell 0 0 37 6 0 0 0 4 32 8.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 23 2 0 0 0 11 63 5.73 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Finn 0 1 16 2 1 0 4 4 17 4.25 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    Jacob Miller 0 0 23 4 5 1 4 12 41 3.42 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 12 94 7.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Bill Tupou 0 0 8 2 1 2 0 20 145 7.25 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 16 4 1 1 0 10 91 9.10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Grix 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 11 48 4.36 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mike McMeeken 1 0 48 13 2 5 0 11 68 6.18 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 33 7 1 0 0 14 111 7.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Alex Foster 0 0 23 4 0 1 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Ellis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 38 4 6 3 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 29 9 1 1 1 18 108 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Paul McShane 0 0 44 7 4 3 2 6 44 7.33 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Grant Millington 0 0 34 5 1 0 0 19 136 7.16 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 26 5 1 1 0 18 125 6.94 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Gale 0 0 14 2 1 0 4 1 0 0.00 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 1 18 0 2 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Clare 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 14 65 4.64 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 17 1 2 0 0 8 37 4.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Jake Webster 0 0 23 5 2 0 0 12 93 7.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Trueman 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 8 24 3.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 11 46 4.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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