Tigers Tumble At Salford
Posted: Thursday 27th June 2019 - 5:04 PM
Castleford Tigers fell 26-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium in a battling game that could have swung either way come the final whistle.
The home side struck first with Robert Lui flick the ball inside for Krisnan Inu. The Salford centre stuck boot to ball to grubber in goal with fullback Niall Evalds on hand to beat Pete Mata’utia to the ball and after a juggle, ground it.
Salford’s lead quickly became 12-0 shortly after. Jackson Hastings attacking the Tigers defensive line at speed and drawing in Black and Amber shirts before popping the ball to Lee Mossop for the try.
The end to end nature of the game continued as Castleford capitalised on a Salford error just minutes later. Paul McShane sliding a lovely grubber kick towards the in goal and prop Daniel Smith applying the finish to put the Tigers on the scoreboard.
With 10 minutes to go before the break, a knock on from greg Minikin gifted Salford great field position. Hastings again took on the Tigers defensive line, this time managing to ride an attempted Castleford tackle and stretching out to plant the ball down over the line.
With just a few minutes before half time, the Tigers clawed a try back. Derrell Olpherts lost the ball in contact and Castleford shifted the ball quickly into space for Greg Minikin to slide over. A missed conversion from Mata’utia left the gap at just eight points.
As the hooter sounded, Castleford gifted Salford a penalty with the Red Devils looking to add two points through the penalty goal. Inu’s attempt clanked the post and Castleford recovered the ball with Egodo kicking ahead in an attempt to score before the break. Salford in turn looked to throw the ball around looking for more points before the break but they resulted in gifted the Tigers a try with Jordan Rankin being in the right position to intercept the ball and race away under the posts. With Mata’utia’s conversion, the Tigers only trailed by two points.
The second half became a real battle of attrition with both side keeping tight in defence and the game had to wait until 20 minutes before the end before any more points were registered.
Salford managed to extend their lead with Hastings again causing trouble and managing to work an offload to Olpherts as he headed towards the sideline and give the winger an easy route to the try line.
Castleford looked to mount attacks as Cheyse Blair went close as he tried to power his way over but Salford held firm.
As the hooter sounded, Inu added a penalty goal to give the game it’s final score.
Tigers: Mata’utia, Clare, Minikin, Blair, Egodo, Rankin, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Smith, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Massey
Tigers Subs: Millington, Milner, Moors, Cook
Tigers Tries: Smith, Minikin, Rankin
Tigers Goals: Mata’utia (2/3)
Salford: Evalds, Bibby, Inu, Welham, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Mossop, Tomkins, Dudson, Jones, Lannon, McCarthy
Salford Subs: Walker, Burke, Flanagan, Lussick
Salford Tries: Evalds, Mossop, Hastings, Olpherts
Slaford Goals: Inu (4/5)
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