There’s no love lost between Castleford and Wakefield and on St. Valentine’s Day, the Wildcats’ hearts were broken as the Weldon road side won handsomely at a packed out Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Denny Solomona, Ben Roberts and full back Luke Dorn all crossed the whitewash in reply to Stuart Howarth’s opener, putting the Tigers 18-6 up in the first half.
Castleford proceeded to crush any hopes of a Wakefield fightback in the second period, scoring four unanswered tries to complete a convincing victory. Oliver Holmes and the flying Solomona finished with two tries apiece, with Adam Milner’s contribution compounding their neighbours’ misery in the winter sunshine at Weldon Road.
After a disappointing opener in horrendous playing conditions in Hull, Daryl Powell was delighted to see his players mark their first home fixture with a win. “We started scratchy but after that we we’re pretty good. Collectively we are a good team with some great individuals in there. Defensively we are another level to last year“.
While it would be unfair to describe the result as a St Valentine’s Day massacre (see the Widnes-Leeds report for that one), Brian Smith certainly has some work to do with his winless Wildcats, who face difficult trips to Hull KR and Warrington in the next couple of weeks. Wakefield’s Australian coach lamented a lack of guile from his players, while at the same time recognising their commitment: “I knew it was going to take time to get this crew going. They worked very hard for each other but you can’t play hard and not smart. We have got to be smarter very fast.”
Castleford Tigers 40
Tries: Solomona 2, Roberts, Dorn, Holmes 2, Milner
Goals: Gale 6
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 6