Tigers Impress Against Giants
Posted: Thursday 13th September 2018 - 10:16 PM
An utterly dominant second half performance secured two more Super 8s points for Castleford Tigers on Thursday evening, as they put Huddersfield Giants to the sword 44-12 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Things were fairly tight in the first half, with both sides well matched, but the Tigers blew Huddersfield away in the second 40, putting on 28 unanswered points with no reply.
Any thoughts that the all-West Yorkshire clash was going to be a dull affair were distinguished inside the opening moments as Huddersfield got themselves on the scoreboard from an Adam O’Brien crusade close to the line.
The touch-down looked dubious thanks to a good defensive effort from the Tigers, but the video referee gave the all-clear, before Danny Brough slotted the extras.
A response was needed from Castleford and it didn’t take them long to come up with it. The black and amber attacked the blind side, exploited some poor defence from Jake Mamo and Greg Eden did the rest, diving over at the corner in typical style.
Rather than one side taking the game by the scruff of the neck, things remained tight for much of the first half, with the game’s points tally swinging like a pendulum.
The Giants struck next, as Lee Gaskell squeezed his way past the best efforts of a couple of would-be tacklers. Then, the yo-yo reversed, as Jake Webster got his name on the board, benefitting from some excellent Mike McMeeken back-row play.
The video referee was called upon yet again, just over five minutes before the hooter as Junior Moors barged his way over. The ‘no try’ was signalled, but it only delayed the inevitable as the prop forward made no mistake just seconds later, replicating the play.
Paul McShane booted the conversion, leaving the Tigers with a slender but deserved four-point lead at the break.
With the game on something of a knife edge in the early parts of the second period, points were very hard to come by.
In fact, the third quarter was almost devoid of points as the two forward packs did battle in the middle of the park.
It took a silky move to the right edge, finished off by James Clare who had an excellent game for the Tigers, to open the second half scoring, extending Castleford’s lead to ten points.
From there, it always looked like the Tigers were firmly in the driving seat despite not really setting the turf alight with their trademark ease.
Castleford grinded as the half drew on, and reaped the rewards as McMeeken snatched the Tigers’ fifth try of the evening with fifteen minutes left on the clock.
The Giants’ fatigue was showing now, and with Jake Trueman pulling the strings, further points were inevitable.
First, Moors charged over for his second of the evening. Then, Peter Mata’utia sliced through Huddersfield’s left-side defence for his first try in a Tigers jersey.
Grant Millington ended the hosts’ flourish in style, dropping on a wonderfully weighted Trueman kick with the final play of the contest.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers 44-12 Huddersfield Giants
Mata’utia, Clare, Webster, Shenton, Eden, Roberts, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Millington, Moors, McMeeken, Massey
Minikin, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Clark
Tries: Eden, Webster, Moors (2), Clare, McMeeken, Mata’utia, Millington
Conversions: McShane (6/7), Webster (0/1)
Rankin, Mamo, Turner, Wardle, Senior, Gaskell, Brough, Lawrence, O’Brien, Matagi, Ta’ai, Roberts, Hinchcliffe
Leeming, Clough, Smith, English
Tries: O’Brien, Gaskell
Conversions: Brough (2/2)
Golden Gamble: 09512
FAA Installations Man of the Match: Junior Moors
*Match Report by Ross Williams
*Photo Courtesy of Craig Milner