James Clare scored a hat-trick for Castleford for the first time since 2013
Betfred Super League
Wakefield (10) 16
Tries: Wood, Brough Goals: Brough 4
Castleford (8) 36
Tries: Egodo, Holmes, Clare 3, Rankin 2 Goals: Mata’utia 4

James Clare’s hat-trick helped Castleford climb back into the Super League top five with a seven-try win against rivals Wakefield Trinity.

Wakefield led 10-8 at half-time, despite being outscored two tries to one by the Tigers, but it was different after the break as the hosts faltered.

Clare’s treble, added to first-half tries from Tuoyo Egodo and Oli Holmes, was followed by two from Jordan Rankin.

Kyle Wood and Danny Brough scored the two Trinity consolation scores.

The try-scoring return of Holmes to the Tigers fold was a boost, as was the combination of Rankin at full-back and Peter Mata’utia in the halves after last week’s defeat by Leeds.

Inconsistency has been Castleford’s issue in recent weeks, but there is a more concerning dip in form for Trinity who have won just once now in eight games.

Chris Chester’s side are eighth, four points off the top five play-off spots, although they are missing key players such as David Fifita, Matty Ashurst and Tinirau Arona to injury.

Wakefield assistant coach Lee Gilmour told BBC Radio Leeds:

“First half were pretty pleasing, we competed really hard and defended well, and we started a bit sluggish defensively in the second-half.

“We fell away at the end and got caught on the shortside a couple of times. We just needed to be a bit sharper with the ball in their 10 and 20.

“They were sharp and turned the ball into points. We had some similar field position but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.”

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell told BBC Radio Leeds:

“It was a tough game, bit of two and froing and a ridiculous kicking game from Danny Brough which was difficult to deal with, but our spirit and resolve and toughness was great.

“Two weeks ago against London very similar, last week – not so good – and this week very good. We’re talking about consistency of what we deliver.

“It was an absolute must-win at all cost today and the players showed the attitude, it took us a while to break Wakefield and that toughness will take us a long way.”

Wakefield: Hampshire; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Caton-Brown; Miller, Brough; England, Wood, Tanginoa, Pauli, Arundel, Batchelor

Interchanges: Crowther, King, Kopczak, Hirst

Castleford: Rankin; Clare, Minkin, Blair, Eden; Trueman, Mata’utia; Watts, McShane, Clarkson, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Milner

Interchanges: Millington, Holmes, Massey, O’Neill

Referee: M Griffiths.

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