Friendly Delight For The Tigers
Posted: Saturday 27th January 2018 - 6:45 PM
Castleford Tigers claimed a comfortable 42-6 victory over Newcastle Thunder in their last pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018 Super League season.
The game suffered somewhat due to strong winds which made kicking a touch prospect for both sides and effected Cory Aston’s goal kicking, with the half back only converting three out of nine attempts.
Castleford hit the front on their first set of six as Jamie Ellis’ cross field kick was batted back by Tuoyo Egodo and after a short burst from James Clare the winger found Alex Foster who crossed for the first points of the game.
Two quick fire tries saw Cas out to a 14-0 lead midway through the half after Matt Cook powered his way over. Egodo then crossed after initially breaking from deep and exchanging passes with Aston.
A knock on from the Thunder full back, Theerapol Ritson gifted Castleford another chance to attack. Jamie Ellis slid through the defence thanks to a dummy and touched down under the posts. Aston’s conversion pushed the Tigers 20-0 ahead.
Newcastle earned a repeat set after a great kick by Tom Shaw, which forced a drop out. The Thunder failed to turn the pressure into points and in turn Castleford showed their class. Clare streaked away through the middle before being brought down by the retreating Thunder defenders. The Tigers then switched the play out wide and Garry Lo turned his opposite winger inside out to score in the corner and leave Castleford 24-0 ahead at the break.
Immediately after the restart Castleford crossed again with Egodo beating the Thunder full back Ellis’ grubber kick.
It was not long before the Tigers were over again as a wonderful cut out pass from Mike McMeeken sent Greg Minikin in for a score.
The one-way traffic continued as Brandon Douglas rode a couple of tackles and made a break through the middle to put the Tigers on the front foot. Ellis was then able to pick out Jy Hitchcox on the wing with a long pass and the Castleford winger was able to power his way over out wide.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game Newcastle crossed for their first try of the game. Prop Liam McAvoy bulldozed his way over the line. Tom Shaw slotted over the conversion to put the scores at 36-6 in favour of the Tigers.
With just a couple of minutes remaining, Calum Turner jinked his way past a number of Newcastle defenders before touching down. Aston knocked over the conversion to cap off a wonderful Castleford performance.
Castleford Tigers: Hitchcox, Clare, Egodo, Storey, Minikin, Ellis, Aston, Cook, O’Neill, Maher, Foster, McMeeken, Clark
Tigers Subs: Lo, Douglas, Ray, Turner, Sweeting, Peachey
Tigers Try Scorers: Foster, Cook, Egodo (2), Ellis, Lo, Minikin, Hitchcox, Turner
Tigers Conversions: Aston (3/9)
Newcastle Thunder: Ritson, Agoro, Brown, Calland, Sidney, Young, Shaw, McAvoy, Simons, Aldous, Ollett, Luckley, Fitzsimmons
Thunder Subs: Pointer, Capper, Blair, Craig, Turland, Rennie, Aldous, Lloyd
Thunder Try Scorers: McAvoy
Thunder Conversions: Shaw (1/1)
HT: Thunder 0-24 Tigers
FT: Thunder 6-42