Super League: Wakefield Trinity 6-11 Castleford Tigers
|Betfred Super League|
|Wakefield (0) 6|
|Tries: Jones-Bishop Goals: Finn|
|Castleford: (7) 11|
|Tries: McMeekin Goals: Gale Pen: Gale 2 Drop-goal: Gale|
Castleford extended their winning run to five games as they won their West Yorkshire derby at Wakefield.
Mike McMeekin's try and three points from Luke Gale saw Cas go in ahead at the break as both sides had try attempts chalked off by the video referee in the opening period.
Ben Jones-Bishop won a foot race with James Clare to score Wakefield's first try after Liam Finn's excellent kick.
But Gale's two penalties in the final 15 minutes were enough to seal the win.
The Tigers have not lost when playing at Belle Vue since 2013 and moved above Wakefield into third place in the Super League table.
Despite early Cas pressure it was Wakefield that almost scored first - a strong challenge from Oliver Holmes forcing Anthony England to knock on as he tried to go over.
Three minutes later McMeekin did score after a lovely passing move before James Clare almost doubled the try-count, but his heel was in touch as he dived for the corner.
Wakefield had the better of the final moments of the first period - David Fifita knocking on under pressure as he went over - while Keegan Hirst was held up by the Cas defence having crossed the line early in the second period.
But Jones-Bishop's try - as he ran more than half the length of the field to score - was the highlight of a second period marred by heavy rain that made it difficult for both sides to play any flowing rugby.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester:
"I thought we were the better team. We dropped the ball over the line twice and I don't think we got the rub of the green.
"But take nothing away form Castleford. I thought they were very good in the first half with the wind behind them.
"It was a real tough game and real good team performance. We're disappointed we lost but it's fine margins and we just fell short again. We've just got to be a bit more clinical with the ball."
Castleford coach Daryl Powell:
"Teams are defined by performances in conditions like tonight and I'm delighted. You are not going to watch that and purr from a rugby league point of view but it wasn't a game for throwing the ball around.
"The conditions were tough and for us to come here and win, particularly when the momentum of the game changed in the second half, I think we showed a lot of character.
"It was a really tough effort. Sometimes we're not the toughest team at times but today we showed we've got a fair bit of steel about us."
Wakefield: Grix, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone, Miller, Finn, England, Randell, Huby, Horo, Ashurst,
Interchanges: Fifita, Hirst, Wood, Pauli,
Castleford: Roberts, Minikin, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Trueman, Gale, Cook, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Milner.
Interchanges: Ellis, Foster, Moors, Springer