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Derby day ends in defeat as Wakefield Ladies fall to Castleford

2nd May 2021

Wakefield Trinity Ladies RL fall to their first defeat of the Super League season with a 44-0 defeat against Castleford Tigers at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

A new season brought a new start for Super League newbies Wakefield, however, it was the old foe who reigned victorious as the Tigers ran over 10 unanswered scores to take the victory.

After almost 18 months of waiting in the wings due to the pandemic, Wakefield started their 2021 season with an agonising late defeat to York in the field round of the Betfred Challenge Cup last Sunday.

However, a fresh week brought a fresh challenge as a mouth-watering clash with rival Castleford beckoned. Unfortunately for the hosts, though, it was the visitors who struck an early lead. Quickplay on the Trinity line opened space and Hollie Dodd was on hand to stroll through.

Despite the early set-back, it was Trinity who controlled much of the early play at Belle Vue, with Cas backs to the wall for much of the opening 15 minutes.

Liv Whitehead made an outstanding break down the left after great play by Lisa Taylor before multiple Tigers mistakes let Trinity in, however, the hosts were unable to take advantage.

With just 10 minutes to go until the break, last year’s Super League semi-finalists turned on the style, adding two quickfire tries to see the visitors take a healthy lead.

A fluid passage caught Trinity short on the left, leaving the door open for Leah Jones to touch down unchallenged before a mistake in at the back coughed up possession, as Eva Izumi to dotted down.

Momentum was swinging in the away side and as the clock ticked down, Castleford added a fourth. As Trinity struggled to get off their own goal line, the Tigers’ press was made to pay as Lucy Eastwood went over, which brought an entertaining first-half to a close.

After three tries in 10 minutes for the Tigers, the interval couldn’t have come at a better time for the hosts. However, after a strong start to the second period, Wakefield was unable to keep Castleford at arm’s length for much longer, as Georgia Roche danced through before Dodd added her second.

Still fighting their way back into the contest, Trinity rallied, however, it was their counterparts who ended the match the stronger, running over four late tries to condemn the home side to a 44-0 defeat.

Trinity will be aiming to bounce back straight away as they entertain the Rhinos at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on May 16th.

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