Castleford Tigers 32-22 Widnes Vikings

Greg Eden England

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Greg Eden notched up another hat-trick for Castleford as they came from 22-10 down to defeat a spirited Widnes side at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

It wasn’t until six minutes from time that the Tigers got their noses back in front with Eden’s third try as the Vikings very nearly pulled off one of Super League’s biggest shocks.

Cas scored the first points of the game as after numerous sets on the Widnes line, the ball was spread wide from the scrum for Super League’s top try scorer Eden to add another four-pointer to his tally.

The Vikings didn’t roll over though and they hit back within the first quarter as Ryan Ince spectacularly finished in the corner with Ed Chamberlain’s conversion giving the visitors a shock lead after 20 minutes.

Denis Betts team went over again as full-back Jack Johnson scored a brilliant individual try, using great footwork to evade defenders before stretching out to put the ball down.

The Tigers responded right on half-time as prop forward Gadwin Springer used his power to smash his way over, Luke Gale’s conversion meant the home side trailed 12-10 at the break.

Widnes extended their lead early in the second half as Corey Thompson scored on his return from injury taking a great pass from centre Charly Runciman.

Incredibly the Vikings crossed again two minutes later through scrum-half Jordan Johnstone, Chamberlain’s conversion giving them a 22-10 lead on the 50-minute mark.

The home crowd were stunned but a trademark Tigers’ run around allowed Ben Roberts to feed Greg Minikin for a much-needed try and like so often this season Daryl Powell’s men backed it up.

Luke Gale providing a pin-point kick for Eden to notch his second and reduce the deficit to two.

For a while it looked like Widnes would hold onto their 22-20 advantage but Castleford found a way over six minutes from time, again it was a scrum that unlocked their defence as Eden crossed for his hat-trick.

Matt Cook then put the game beyond doubt with two minutes to go as the prop powered over from close range.

Gale made no mistake with the final conversion, the score finishing up 32-22 in favour of the hosts in a match they were made to work very hard to win.

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinCentre100000
4Michael ShentonCentre000000
5Greg EdenWing300000
7Luke GaleScrum Half040000
8Andy Lynch 18Prop000000
9Paul McShane 28Hooker000000
10Grant Millington 19Prop000000
12Mike McMeekenSecond Row000000
14Nathan Massey 13Loose Forward000000
15Jesse Sene-LefaoSecond Row000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off000001
21Joel MonaghanWing000000
13Adam Milner 14Interchange000000
18Matt Cook 8Interchange100000
19Gadwin Springer 10Interchange100000
28Tom Holmes 9Interchange000000
 Total 640001

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Corey ThompsonWing100000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
9Lloyd White 35Hooker000000
16Alex Gerrard 20Prop000000
18Greg Burke 22Prop000000
21Jack JohnsonFull Back100000
23James Chapelhow 13Loose Forward000000
25Tom OlbisonSecond Row000000
27Ed ChamberlainCentre030000
28Ryan InceWing100000
29Brad WalkerSecond Row000000
31Jordan JohnstoneScrum Half100000
33Aaron HeremaiaStand Off000000
13Hep Cahill 23Interchange000000
20Manase Manuokafoa 16Interchange000000
22Ted Chapelhow 18Interchange000000
35Danny Walker 9Interchange000000
 Total 430000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 26, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Castleford Tigers102232
Widnes Vikings121022