Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats grab late winner
Last Updated: 08/09/13 5:49pm
James Clare (right): four tries in defeat for the Tigers
A last-minute Liam Kay try earned Wakefield a 36-32 victory over Castleford in a last-day derby classic at Belle Vue.
That score not only won the game, it completed Kay's hat-trick, as James Clare's four-try haul for Castelford went unrewarded.
Despite Clare's first-half treble and a try from Rangi Chase on his Castleford farewell, the visitors were four points down at the break as Tigers-bound Frankie Mariano (twice), Kay and Kyle Trout went in for the home side.
Wakefield extended their lead after the break when Kay raced away for his second, but Weller Hauraki crashed over to reduce the gap to two before Clare scored his fourth.
Ali Lauitiiti then levelled it at 32-32 before charging down Chase's kick for glory and sending Kay away for a brilliant finish.
It was perhaps harsh on Cas, who had taken the lead when Clare stripped the Wildcats' defence to race the length of the field and score.
Then, after an error from Peter Fox, they extended their lead, with Chase displaying the footwork his side will miss as he danced in, with Kirk Dixon converting from wide out for a 10-0 lead.
Wakefield's response was immediate, with Paul Aiton sending Matty Wildie through and he picked out the supporting Mariano.
Ben Cockayne tagged a goal but Castleford were soon in again as another Fox lapse allowed Chase to put Clare in.
But Wakefield continued the see-saw nature of the game as first Kay from close range and then Mariano from a similar distance saw them take the lead.
Cockayne and Hauraki then spent 10 minutes on the sidelines for a bust-up, before smart work from Jordan Tansey sent Clare in for a third time.
Richard Mathers' classy play would put Trout in, though, and when Kay cashed in some neat work from Cockayne, Lauitiiti and Mariano, Wakefield were coasting.
Lee Smith coughed the ball up, however, and Hauraki went in, before Clare's fourth gave his side the lead when he took a Tansey pass, went inside and then chased down his own kick ahead.
Dixon's goal made it 32-28 and Ben Reynolds would have added to that were it not for a crunching hit from Justin Poore.
On the back of that, Lauitiiti squared things up but Smith missed the kick, meaning everything was on the line.
And then, on his last play for Castleford, Chase tried a creative kick ahead which Lauitiiti shovelled up before giving to Kay who brought the house down.
First Utility Super League
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Super League 2013, round 27
London coach Tony Rea was pleased to see his side's character shining through at the end of another tough season.
Wakefield head coach Richard Agar was delighted after the Wildcats edged the local derby with Castleford 36-32.
London avoided finishing bottom of the Super League with a 34-22 win at Hull KR, condemning Salford to the wooden spoon.
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