Official Match Report
Castleford Tigers produced a storming finish to secure a fourth successive derby win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and clinch a sixth-placed finish at the end of the regular season in the First Utility Super League.
A 46-20 defeat means Wakefield finish eighth and, but for Salford's six-point deduction, would have ended up in the Super 8s Qualifiers.
They can now turn their attention to next Saturday's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves, when they will aim to reach their first Wembley final for 37 years.
Enjoyed that one... Good way to go into the Super 8's, Travelling fans awesome! Good luck next weekend @WTWildcatsRL— Luke Gale (@snozzer_gale) July 24, 2016
Both teams went into the final match of the regular season with depleted line-ups but Wakefield, who gave a debut to youngster Brad Moules, looked to have coped the better as they opened up a 20-16 lead after an hour, with former Castleford centre Joe Arundel scoring two of their tries.
However, Castleford, who had Rangi Chase and top try-scorer Denny Solomona among a host of absentees, roared back with 30 points in the last 23 minutes, with new loan signing Andre Savelio getting among the tries.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester blamed injuries his side's collapse. "We ran out of troops," he said. "We had one guy fit on the bench for the last 35 minutes and that really hurt us. We had a front-rower (David Fifita) who played 65 minutes in the middle which was a great achievement.
LISTEN: Chris Chester's post-match press conference. https://t.co/lZermLq8jM— Wakefield Wildcats (@WTWildcatsRL) July 24, 2016
"It was a good even contest for 50 minutes then we get a penalty, miss touch and we give a penalty away and concede. It took it away from us. I'm not overly disappointed because there was bags of effort out there, we just ran out of troops, and Castleford were too good for us."
Daryl Powell added: "It's been an incredible effort for us over 23 rounds. Fourteen players couldn't play today so it's been really tough. We lost Denny Solomona this morning and Rangi Chase yesterday, it's been a constant for us.
"So for us to end up finishing sixth is an awesome achievement. I'm really proud of the players."
|78||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||20-46|
|78||try||Try scored for Castleford by Ryan Hampshire||18-46|
|75||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||14-46|
|75||try||Try scored for Castleford by Tom Holmes||10-46|
|70||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||10-42|
|70||try||Try scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin||10-38|
|63||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||10-36|
|63||try||Try scored for Castleford by Junior Moors||6-36|
|58||try||Try scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||4-36|
|58||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||4-32|
|51||try||Try scored for Wakefield by Reece Lyne||4-30|
|46||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||0-30|
|46||try||Try scored for Castleford by Andre Savelio||0-28|
|28||goal||Goal scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn||0-24|
|28||try||Try scored for Wakefield by Joe Arundel||0-20|
|25||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale||0-18|
|25||try||Try scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes||0-14|
|20||try||Try scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin||0-12|
|12||try||Try scored for Wakefield by Joe Arundel||0-8|
|4||try||Try scored for Wakefield by Jacob Miller||0-6|
|4||goal||Goal scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn||0-2|