Tigers Maul Dragons
Posted: Sunday 15th April 2018 - 5:45 PM
Castleford Tigers made it two wins on the bounce on Sunday, dispatching of Catalans Dragons 41-0 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
In probably the Tigers’ best performance of the campaign so far, Oliver Holmes and Paul McShane starred, grabbing a pair of tries each.
Castleford started with game with real intent, and quickly set camp on the Dragons’ line. However, the French side displayed their usual stubbornness in defence early on, thwarting the efforts of the hosts.
Jake Trueman had an early wobble as he failed to deal with a Tony Gigot bomb, but the youngster made up for his error in kind, a few minutes later. The full-back raced through to beat Lewis Tierney to a Luke Gale kick, before offloading to a supporting McShane who finished off the move. Gale added the extras.
The Tigers’ lead was doubled soon after, as the skipper got in on the act. Once again, a daunting kick from Gale went up and, this time, Michael Shenton rose the highest before crashing down over the whitewash.
Despite their size and reputation, the Catalans’ pack looked outmatched up the middle, with Grant Millington and Liam Watts having it all their own way.
The hosts soon had their third try of the contest, off the back of their superiority. Holmes came up with it, touching down Gale’s kick in near identical fashion to the effort he came up with against Warrington on Easter Monday.
The Dragons didn’t offer too much offensively for the rest of the half, allowing Castleford to coast into the sheds with a comfortable lead. In trademark style, Gale slotted a drop goal just before time, putting the Tigers four scores ahead.
Things were all but put to bed five minutes after the break, as the Milner-McShane combination sliced a gaping hole in the Catalans’ defence to provide the hooker with his second of the afternoon.
With the Dragons on the brink of total collapse, it now appeared to be a case of how many points the Tigers could rack up. James Clare added to the tally shortly after, finishing off a sparkling move to the left edge with ease.
To their credit however, the Dragons did rally somewhat and kept Castleford out of their red zone for large portions of the second half. The result had gone, but Steve McNamara’s side looked keen to at least get on the score board.
Catalans threw all but the kitchen sink at the Tigers’ line, but it held firm, opening up the opportunity for yet more points.
Joe Wardle came up with the next score – his first in black and amber - racing onto a Ben Roberts grubber. Gale uncharacteristically dragged the conversion wide, though it mattered little with just over ten minutes left to play.
Then, Holmes – who can’t stop scoring at the moment – marched his way over the line to grab his brace, further pushing Castleford in front.
The final few moments passed without major incident, with Catalans resigned to their heavy defeat and Castleford delighted with their victory.
Full Time: Castleford Tigers 41-0 Catalans Dragons
Trueman, Minikin, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Roberts, Gale, Watts, McShane, Massey, Wardle, Holmes, Foster
Millington, McMeeken, Milner, Cook
Tries: McShane (2), Shenton, Holmes (2), Clare, Wardle
Conversions: Gale (6/7)
Drop Goal: Gale
Tierney, Broughton, Thornley, Mead, Yaha, Langi, Gigot, Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Julien, Garcia, Baitieri
Casty, Bousquet, Margalet, Da Costa
GMB Union Man of the Match: Paul McShane
Golden Gamble: 00094
*Match Report by Ross Williams