MARC SNEYD’S growing reputation was enhanced further yesterday as the young half-back masterminded Castleford Tigers’ utter destruction of hapless Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The 23-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from Salford Red Devils, scored two tries, including one brilliant team effort, created two others and kicked seven goals.
Displaying some mesmerising footwork at times and with an ability to pick out all manner of passes, Sneyd proved compelling viewing as ruthless Castleford clocked up the first one-sided scoreline of this Magic Weekend.
“He’s got a bit of quality about him,” admitted coach Darly Powell. “He’s their (Salford’s) player next year and obviously we’re talking with them. We’ll see where that goes.
“If they decide to retain him it will be tough for us. He’s doing a great job for us at the moment but I thought everyone was superb today.”
Wakefield, though, were unrecognisable from the side that had secured consecutive wins over Hull FC and Widnes Vikings.
Instead, it was Castleford – who saw Justin Carney score another two tries and had Daryl Clark at his elusive best – who impressed.
They were 22-0 ahead after half an hour, capitalising on plenty of Wakefield’s errors. It could so easily have been more.
Clark went over for Castleford’s first following a well-worked shift which allowed Liam Finn to put him into space 20m out.
There was a sign of the defensive deficiencies to come when Carney was allowed to shrug off Richard Mathers tight on the left touchline and then bustle through three poor tackle attempts for their second.
Clark surged clear down the middle in traditional fashion to send Jordan Tansey sprinting in between the posts. Jarrod Sammut dropped a pass when Wakefield were attacking, with Michael Shenton collecting the ball to race 80m for his side’s fourth try on the half-hour mark.
In the second period, Sneyd started and finished a wonderful move from inside his own half, jinking infield before sending Kirk Dixon into space.
He then linked with his team-mate before exchanging passes with Shenton, too, to score the try of the weekend before supplying Carney’s second.
Nick Scruton made sure Wakefield were not left pointless when he fell over the line and Paul Sykes finished off good work from Chris Riley but, in between, Frankie Mariano exploited more feeble defence for another try. Then, with the last play of the match, Clark raced 70m for his second, Sneyd’s kick, fittingly, bringing up his side’s half century.
Wakefield coach Richard Agar said: “We’re our own worst enemies. We handed Cas two or three tries on the trot.”
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Sammut; Mathers, Collis, Walshaw, Riley; Sykes, Siejka; Anderson, McShane, Scruton, Ryan, Kirmond, Smith. Substitutes: Godinet, Moore, Washbrook, Fairbank.
Castleford Tigers: Tansey; Dixon, Webster, Shenton, Carney; Sneyd, Finn; Lynch, Clark, Huby, Holmes, Hauraki, Millington. Substitutes: Wheeldon, Ellis, Jewitt, Mariano.
Referee: J Child (Dewsbury).