Castleford Tigers have been given a route back into the game through a penalty try against World Champions St Helens.
The Tigers had fallen behind despite catching St Helens cold, perhaps exploiting the jet lag in the Saints side. A good move down the right released Jake Mamo and it looked like a certain try as he fed the ball back inside for Niall Evalds but the fullback dropped it.
Mark Percival was struggling after trapping his leg beneath a tackle. It allowed the Tigers exploit the situation kicking a 40/20 and they looked destined to score through Alex Mellor shortly after who was given an offload in space. But Percival managed to summon the energy to get over and deny the second-row.
Tee Ritson was inches away from debut delight as he was given the ball by Konrad Hurrell and he acrobatically dived for the corner but his knee touched the ground outside the pitch before the ball was grounded.
Mamo was showing his magic today as made a brilliant break down the edge again tip toeing down the edge but once again the Saints couldn’t translate it to points. The same happened again a few minutes later as he jinked through the heart of the Saints defence but didn’t find Jack Broadbent in support.
A minute after Mamo’s latest break, Saints stretched the Tigers and Jack Welsby showed good strength to power over.
That made it 6-0 at the break and after the interval Lomax created a brilliant try for Tee Ritson and things looked bad for the Tigers.
However, Jack Broadbent looked dead set to score and give the Tigers a route back in the game but he was taken out by Welsby.
Welsby is no stranger to try saving tackles but this one was deemed as illegal and Liam Moore, without the assistance of the video referee, chose to award a penalty try.
But Welsby avoided receiving a yellow or red card for the high tackle.