WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats had no answer to their Stobart Super League rivals Castleford Tigers, who cruised to a 34-16 win at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The Good Friday derby went the way of the visitors thanks to relentless progress from their pack and efficient kicking and finishing.
In front of a crowd of 9,786, the Tigers opened their account on 10 minutes when Richard Owen burst through a big gap in the Wildcats' defence. Kirk Dixon added the extras.
Despite being on the back foot, Wakefield eventually engineered a good period of play midway through the half and the pressure told on 27 minutes when a great pass from Paul Sykes put Peter Fox over for an unconverted score.
The Tigers' response was quick in coming however and although Isaac John produced a try-saving tackle to deny the impressive Daryl Clark, Owen barged over a minute later for a try, converted by Dixon.
The visitors made it 18-4 three minutes later, Grant Millington crossing and Dixon converting, as they threatened to run away with the game.
But against the run of play, Wakefield got back into the game with the final play of the half, Sykes touching-down and converting to make it 18-10 at the break.
Hopes that the late score would inspire Wakefield on the resumption were dashed by a dominant second-half display from Castleford who kept their opponents pegged-back for long periods.
Former Cats Steve Snitch and Brett Ferres went over before Oliver Holmes crossed. Two Dixon goals gave Tigers a 34-10 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Kyle Wood's late consolation and Sykes' goal did little to spoil Tigers fans' celebrations at the hooter.
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