KIRK Dixon’s golden point penalty consigned Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to a dramatic 20-18 defeat to Castleford Tigers in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
There was nothing to separate the two rivals in a pulsating tie at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as normal time ended with the teams locked at 18-18.
But Dixon held his nerve to land the decisive penalty on the stroke of half-time of sudden death to put Tigers within two victories of the Wembley final.
Former Wildcat Brett Ferres opened the scoring on six minutes, pouncing on a loose ball to touch-down and Dixon converted.
The hosts were back on level terms 10 minutes later when skipper Glenn Morrison latched onto Julien Rinaldi’s grubber kick to score and Josh Veivers added the extras.
Veivers’ penalty put Wakefield 8-6 ahead at the break and he was on target again four minutes into the second half to extend the hosts’ advantage
Wakefield made it 16-6 soon after when Tommy Lee crossed and Veivers converted again to put John Kear’s men in control.
However, Tigers hit back through Chase’s try, improved by Dixon, and they restored parity when Danny Orr crossed four minutes later.
Veivers’ penalty edged Wakefield ahead once again with 10 minutes left but they were pegged back by Dixon’s goal on 87 minutes.
Both sides traded missed drop goal attempts in extra time before Dixon won it in dramatic fashion.
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