Castleford Tigers gained advantage in the race for the end-of-season play-offs after storming to a 40-16 victory over local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The game had been billed as potentially a four-point game as both sides looked to close-in on making the knock-out stages for the second season running.
Wakefield went in at the half-time interval 10-6 ahead but were put to the sword in the second half by a clinical attacking display with Kirk Dixon and Dean Widders grabbing a brace of tries each to put Cas – who have scored 114 points in their last three outings – back in the top eight.
Terry Matterson’s men opened their account early on courtesy of a Joe Westerman penalty but Wakefield hit back through a sweeping move culminating in Glenn Morrison scoring his first try of the afternoon.
Widders provided the pass for Castleford’s – and Dixon’s – first try of the afternoon, the latter scraping in at the corner.
But Cas stormed to a super victory thanks to an inspirational second-half performance that Wakefield could not deal with.
Morrison’s fine solo effort gave Wakefield a shout, Paul Cooke converting, at 18-16 but a string of errors and gritty defence from Cas ensured the hosts flourished.
Widders became the star of the show, hia first coming from a superb Rangi Chase grubber and five minutes later motored through some tired defence, showing a superb dummy in the process, to grab his second.
And the victory was sealed in fine fashion with Ryan McGoldrick‘s effort, a thrilling exchange between the popular Australian and England international Michael Shenton, and captain Ryan Hudson racing through to dive over the whitewash in fine style.