WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats suffered defeat in their opening game of the Super League XVI season after rivals Castleford Tigers fought back to win 40-20 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Tigers broke the deadlock on five minutes when Joe Arundel crossed but Wakefield levelled when Julien Rinaldi crashed over.
Arundel was sent to the sin bin for holding down on 24 minutes and the Wildcats took advantage - Dale Ferguson touching-down and Josh Veivers adding the extras to put John Kear’s men 10-4 up.
But Castleford went on to dominate and five unanswered tries began with a score from former Wakefield player Brett Ferres.
Winger Nick Youngquest restored Tigers’ lead six minutes before the break and Wakefield were reduced to 12 men when Sam Obst was sent to the sin bin.
Castleford extended their advantage and led 18-10 at the break through Michael Widders’ try and Kirk Dixon’s conversion.
There was no let-up from Tigers in the second half and Rangi Chase intercepted to touch-down within a minute of the restart. Dixon added the goal.
Adam Milner’s try made it 28-10 but the return of Obst inspired Wakefield to threaten a come-back with two tries.
Ferguson celebrated his second of the game before Luke George ran the length of the field to score. Veivers’ goal made it 28-20.
However, the sin-binning of Daryl Millard robbed Wakefield of their momentum and Tigers finished the game off with two tries from Paul Jackson and Dean Widders in the final 10 minutes.
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