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Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers Preview
Wakefield Trinity welcome their district rivals the Castleford Tigers for what is always a great occasion and for what is a match up that always tends to deliver great action.
With just a few miles separating these 2 Wakefield MDC clubs, this is one of those matches where the excitement and anticipation in the area build throughout the ween in the build up to the game and makes sure that the game is simply a must win for both sides no matter what is on the line.
Both of these 2 near neighbours have lots of quality and a good sprinkling of local youngsters who know the importance of this game but both also struggle for consistency. Whilst the Tigers are the stronger squad overall, Wakefield know that on their day they can take on and defeat anybody, which sets this up to be a hugely exciting match up no matter if you support either of the 2teams or if you area neutral.
Whilst the win is important in terms of both teams overall goals for the season, it is just as important for the fans to have local bragging rights as these 2 fans have to work alongside each other, go to school or college together and perhaps more than man other matches, this is a game that splits households down the middle for a battle between 2 heartland clubs steeped in history.
The Cas Tigers, also known as Classy Cas, certainly live up to that nickname more often than not as when on form they are one of the most exciting teams to watch but Wakefield can be a good match for them in that regard.
If these 2 perform anywhere near their best this could be one of the most skilful and exciting games of the season and whilst neither can match the very top teams in terms of overall quality and in terms of their defence, on a day like this derby day, winning is all that matters.
Unfortunately for a match that is so important for the 2 clubs involved and for the talent out on the field, the surroundings are an embarrassment for the sport and in many ways an insult to the players and for the risks rugby players have to go through in every game.
Belle Vue is an historic ground but in all of the wrong ways as a lack of investment in facilities mean that it is not just fitting for modern standards but it also losers any atmosphere made by the crowd.
It can actually be depressing watching rugby from Belle Vue but thankfully on derby day there will be a big follow from not just Wakey fans but also Cas fans, many of whom will live closer to Belle Vue than the Jungle, and that helps to cover up much of dilapidated stadium.
Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
Although these 2 play out one of the biggest rivalries in the sport, they have never really had the chance to put that on display on the national level as they have played few matches of great importance such as Grand Finals or Cup Finals.
One such occasion that the match had huge interest from all Rugby fans came in the 2006 season when there was so much more than local bragging rights on the line.
Heading into the last match of the season, both teams simply had to win their last game to avid relegation and to therefore keep their place in the top flight.
In one of those interesting twists of fete that only sport seems to deliver, it was against each other that the fixture list computer gave up for the last round of matches and therefore the match had basically become a relegation play-off.
In what would become known as the ‘Battle of Belle Vue’ the stands were packed out and fans even took to the roof top of surrounding hoses to watch the game and thankfully the players certainly delivered.
On that occasion, 11,000 fans watched on as Wakefield ran out 29-17 winners and kept their place in the top flight in a match that proved that there was such an interest in this type of game that it gave birth to the Million Pound Game concept.