Castleford demolish Wakefield
Classy Castleford got their title charge back on track with a 50-12 demolition of Wakefield on day two of the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
Stand-off Marc Sneyd was the star of the one-sided show with two of his side's nine tries and seven goals in a 50-12 triumph as the Tigers bounced back from successive defeats to reclaim third place in the table.
Livewire hooker Daryl Clark and blockbusting winger Justin Carney also scored two tries apiece for Castleford, who gained a 49-24 win over their near-neighbours 12 months ago and were once more simply in a different class as they condemned the out-of-touch Wildcats to a sixth defeat in eight Magic Weekend fixtures.
Yet the Wildcats had the first scoring opportunity when hooker Paul McShane burrowed his way to the line from dummy half only to be turned on his back and they suffered a body blow when skipper Danny Kirmond was forced off on 10 minutes after clashing heads with team-mate Dean Collis.
By the time the second rower returned to the action 17 minutes later, his side were trailing 18-0 and virtually out of the contest.
Clark was put through a gap by scrum-half Liam Finn to score the first try and he broke through some limp defence to get full-back Jordan Tansey over for one.
The impressive Clark also supplied the cut-out pass for Carney to bounce off three defenders in trademark fashion to score his 11th try of the season and Sneyd's third conversion made it 18-0.
The re-introduction of a patched-up Kirmond breathed new life into Wakefield but there was more evidence that it was not going to be their day when Castleford centre Michael Shenton swooped on a dropped pass by full-back Jarrod Sammut to sprint 90 metres for an opportunist fourth try.
Trailing 22-0 at the break, there was no way back for the Wildcats when Sneyd scored arguably the best try of the weekend by finishing off a glorious move from inside his own half with his third touch of the ball.
Wakefield avoided the total embarrassment of being nilled when replacement hooker Pita Godinet offload from a three-man tackle to get prop Nick Scruton over for a 57th-minute try, which was goaled by Sammut.
But it failed to interrupt the Tigers' rhythm and Sneyd supported a break by Carney to grab his second try before producing a half-break to put former Wakefield second rower Frankie Mariano over.
A break out of defence by winger Chris Riley created a try for stand-off Paul Sykes which helped the Wildcats restore a touch more pride but the Tigers, who gave a debut in the second half to former Salford and Wigan prop Lee Jewitt, had the final say when Clark added a breakaway try in the final minute.