Castleford Tigers 56
Tries: Denny Solomona 4, Jordan Tansey, Michael Shenton, Ashley Gibson 3, Luke Gale
Goals: Luke Gale 8
Wakefield Wildcats 16
Tries: Tom Johnstone 2, Daniel Smith
Goals: Jacob Miller 2
Denny Solomona scored four tries as Castleford defeated Wakefield in the final game of this year’s Magic Weekend.
Ashley Gibson also completed a hat-trick, with all three of his scores coming in the second half.
Just before kick-off Wildcats chairman Michael Carter announced that Brian Smith has been appointed as the club’s new coach until the end of the season.
Super League’s bottom side have now lost 13 successive games in the competition, the worst run in the club’s history.
For Cas, the win avenges the opening day defeat to their local rivals at the Jungle back in February.
Scott Moore and Scott Anderson suffered an horrendous clash of heads only 70 seconds into the game which ended both player’s participation in the derby.
Cas then scored three tries in the next 10 minutes to take charge of the game. Luke Gale and Michael Shenton combined to send Solomona over on the left-hand side. Luke Gale converted to reach 1,000 points in his career.
Solomona grabbed his second of the game only three minutes later, Gale providing a looping pass out to the former London Bronco for his fourth of the season.
When Jordan Tansey crossed on 11 minutes the Tigers held a commanding 16-0 lead. Shenton broke the Wildcats line before dummying his way past former Tiger Richie Owen and passing to his supporting full back.
Tom Johnstone got Wakefield back into the game with a sublime individual effort. Oliver Holmes tried to offload in Wildcats’ territory but the young winger collected the pass before evading Shenton and Adam Milner’s attempted tackles and then outpaced Tansey to score.
Wakefield’s tails were up now they pegged their neighbours back further through Daniel Smith’s touch down. A high kick was allowed to bounce and Jon Molloy picked up the ball before throwing a short pass to Smith to go over under the posts. Suddenly, the lead was down to just four points.
The Tigers regrouped, however, and skipper Shenton grabbed his eighth of the season on 29 minutes to reestablish a double-figure advantage. The England international easily shoved Johnstone out of the way before scoring Cas’s fourth try on Wakefield’s right edge.
Solomona was then denied a hat-trick after his foot brushed the touchline before he acrobatically touched down in the left corner.
Just moments later, Wakefield scored themselves through Johnstone’s second of the evening. They moved the ball right and when Shenton came out of the line, Dean Collis was able to flick a pass out to the 19 year-old to score. Jacob Miller was unable to convert so the score at the break was 22-16 in favour of Castleford.
However, another Tigers try blitz in the second half put the game beyond Wakefield.
Solomona was gifted a hat-trick try when Owen lost his footing when attempting to collect a low Gale kick, leaving the 21 year-old to saunter over the try line.
Owen’s evening got worse when he put the restart out on the full, for the second time in the game, and on the back of the penalty Cas scored again through Ashley Gibson’s first try of the game. Webster and Mike McMeeken did well to keep the ball alive before feeding the ex-Salford man.
On the hour-mark Gibson got his second, Webster again involved, holding off three would-be tacklers before passing to the former England international.
Solomona equalled Castleford’s most tries in a match by a single player record when Johnstone and Owen both jumped for a high Gale kick and the ball spilled into New Zealand-born players hands.
Luke Gale was in decent form with the boot, converting six of his sides eight tries, giving Cas a 44-16 lead.
The former Bradford Bull got a try of his own eight minutes from time after a superb break from deep by Solomona. He gave it to Oliver Holmes who had Gale in support and the half-back converted his own touch down and finished with a personal tally for the match to 20.
Liam Finn slipped a couple of metres before the line after Gale had put a certain try on a plate for him, but the next play Cas moved the ball right Gibson crossed with a superb finish in the corner to complete his own hat-trick.
That was the final score of Magic Weekend 2015 and the icing on the cake for Cas, who ran out 56-16 winners.