Salford Red Devils 13-12 Castleford Tigers

Salford Red Devils 12-6 Leigh Centurions

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Salford Red Devils knocked Castleford Tigers off top spot after clinching victory in dramatic style at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Despite leading for much of the game, a late Salford fightback ended Castleford’s unbeaten start to the season.

Castleford opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Luke Gale grounding a loose ball after Salford failed to handle a high kick. Gale converted his own try, 0-6.

Salford then scored in the 31st minute, Ben Murdoch-Masila touching down for the hosts. Gareth O’Brien missed the conversion, 4-6.

The visitors thought they had extended their lead just before the break, only for the try to be ruled out for a forward pass from Michael Shenton to Greg Eden.

A defensive first half saw both sides score one try a piece with Gale’s conversion the difference, 4-6.

Greg Minikin showed his power carrying two Salford players over the line to score for Castleford three minutes into the second half. Gale kicked the conversion from the sideline, 4-12.

Murdoch-Masila appeared to drop the ball but carried on and scored his second try for Salford in the 54th minute. O’Brien kicked the simple conversion, 10-12.

The weather then took a turn for the worse, the rain piling down causing a flurry of knock-ons from both teams.

Salford were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute, McMeeken hanging around after the tackle. Salford opted to go for the two points to try tie the game up. O’Brien kicked the penalty goal and the game was tied at 12-12.

In the 75th minute O’Brien attempted a drop-goal from half way but missed. Two minutes later he tried his luck again, this time his kick sailed through the posts to give his side the lead and the AJ Bell erupted.

Castleford had a chance to draw the game in the last seconds but a wayward pass saw Gale fail to take a clean pass and then Salford were able to halt the Tigers and claim the win.

Referee: Phil Bentham

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 4-6, 4-12, 10-12, 12-12, 13-12.

Written by Adam Gray.

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Gareth O’BrienFull Back021000
2Justin CarneyWing000000
4Junior Sa’uCentre000000
6Robert LuiStand Off000001
7Michael DobsonScrum Half000000
9Logan TomkinsHooker000000
10George Griffin 8Second Row000000
11Ben Murdoch-Masila 16Second Row200000
13Mark Flanagan 20Loose Forward000000
17Adam WalneProp000000
21Greg JohnsonWing000000
23Lee MossopProp000000
29Todd CarneyInterchange000000
8Craig Kopczak 10Interchange000000
16Olsi Krasniqi 11Interchange000000
20Kriss Brining 13Interchange000000
22Kris WelhamCentre000000
 Total 221001

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinWing100000
3Jake WebsterCentre000000
4Michael ShentonCentre000000
5Greg EdenWing000000
7Luke GaleScrum Half120000
8Andy Lynch 10Prop000000
9Paul McShaneHooker000000
12Mike McMeeken 18Second Row000000
13Adam MilnerLoose Forward000000
14Nathan Massey 17Prop000000
15Jesse Sene-Lefao 19Second Row000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off000000
10Grant Millington 8Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 14Interchange000000
18Matt Cook 12Interchange000000
19Gadwin Springer 15Interchange000000
 Total 220000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
March 19, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Salford Red Devils4913
Castleford Tigers6612