Andy Last explains Castleford’s defeat to Salford

Last night Castleford Tigers came crashing back down to earth against the Salford Red Devils.

The first ten minutes saw both sides feel each other out with errors on either side but it was the visitors who took advantage first when Rhys Williams collected Marc Sneyd’s kick to score the first points of the night.

It was an almost immediate response from the Tigers with young winger Jason Qareqare scoring an impressive intercept try, but Widdop couldn’t convert leaving it 6-4 to Salford.

The Red Devils added another when Widdop failed to collect a kick and Chris Atkin was played in for his second in as many weeks.

12-4 quickly became 18-4 which in turn became 24-4, with Deon Cross finding space on the right to add the third try and then Ken Sio scoring the fourth.

Marc Sneyd remained perfect as the Red Devils took the game away from the Tigers in a rampant five minute spell.

Will Tate came close to a breakaway try of his own after collecting a Sneyd kick but the brilliant Brierley prevented that, although the home side did get one back before the break.

It came through Kenny Edwards who caught on to a Cain Robb kick on the last play of the half to head in 24-10 down.

Any chance of a comeback was dented almost immediately in the second-half with Tim Lafai playing one of his trademark offloads to allow Rhys Williams to score his second of the night and stretch the lead to 28-10.

The floodgates then opened with Ken Sio scoring an intercept try just after the 50 minute mark and not three minutes later Williams returned the favour to Lafai from earlier making it 38-10.

Sam Stone added another as Salford lived up to their dubbing as ‘The Great Entertainers’ scoring late on to make the final score 42-10.

That left Salford with eight wins from nine and in top form before travelling to Craven Park in the Challenge Cup next week.

Andy Last explained the key reasons behind the defeat including including injuries.

“I’m disappointed with the result but it’s been a really tough week,”

“You have a morale boosting week thanks to a good win over Leeds last week and then Monday afternoon the injury report comes in and that we’re going to be missing six of the starting 17.

“It was always going to be a challenge.

“The lads didn’t throw the towel in but Salford are a slick team and when you’ve got a patched up team they are ruthless and exposed that.

“It was a challenging night.”