Smith stars in derby win for Wildcats

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TIM Smith inspired Wakefield Wildcats to a second big derby win in a week as they ran out comfortable victors over Castleford Tigers at the Probiz Coliseum.

Scrum-half Smith set up five or his side's seven tries and scored one himself in a display hailed as a "masterclass" by coach Richard Agar.

The Wildcats were in front from the 11th minute and went on to win 40-12 with the final score in no way flattering their performance against an out of sorts Tigers team without key man Rangi Chase.

Wakefield showed they meant business from the first minute when forcing Nick Youngquest to concede a drop-out, but it took them until the 11th minute to open the scoring when taking advantage of a knock-on 15 metres from his own line by Rhys Williams.

From the resulting scrum, it took some scrambling defence to keep Lee Smith out, but from the next play Ben Cockayne burrowed over from close range, the try being confirmed by the in-goal judge, much to the displeasure of Tigers fans behind the posts.

There was no doubt about the second try five minutes later as full-back Richard Mathers - on loan from Castleford - was put through a gap by Tim Smith's clever pass and finished well. Paul Sykes' goal made it 10-0.

More pressure followed as Andy Ellis and Frankie Mariano were both held up over the line and Smith's kick forced another drop-out.

The hosts finally raised a decent attack, but it ended when Danny Orr knocked on after Josh Griffin had been tackled just short and had tried to keep the move going with a pass along the floor.

It was the Wildcats back on the attack after a Sykes 40-20 kick and they stretched the lead to 16 points as Smith forced his way over on a strong run from the 20-metre line then Sykes added the conversion.

Two tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half effectively sealed victory as Smith and Danny Kirmond combined to send Dean Collis over and Smith then put Kirmond in.

Tim Smith's kick bounced nicely for Lee Smith to score another try and Sykes' fifth goal made it 34-0.

Castleford finally got on the scoreboard on the hour with Paul Jackson going over from close range. Orr added the goal and was on target again on 73 minutes after Youngquest had collected a second try for the hosts.

But the Wildcats had the final word when Mathers ran onto Tim Smith's pass to score his second try and Sykes made it six kicks from seven attempts.

Scorers - Castleford: Tries Jackson, Youngquest; goals Orr 2. Wakefield: Tries Cockayne, Mathers 2, T Smith, Collis, Kirmond, L Smith; goals Sykes 6.

Castleford: Owen; Youngquest, Griffin, Thompson, Williams; Orr, Milner; Jackson, Hudson, Huby, Millington, Snitch, Emmitt. Subs: Jones, Mitchell, Massey, J Ellis.

Wakefield: Mathers; Fox, Collis, L Smith, Cockayne; Sykes, T Smith; Amor, A Ellis, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Wood, Mariano, Johnson, James.

Half-time: 0-16.

Referee: Ben Thaler.

Attendance: 7,050.