Castleford Tigers 16-12 St Helens

Castleford Tigers 16-12 St Helens


Castleford Tigers were able to shrug off the challenge of St Helens in a scrappy game on Sunday afternoon winning 16-12 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The visitors led for most of the game, however the Tigers managed to scrape through late on through a Tom Holmes try.

Daryl Powell’s decision to rest some of his key players paid off, with them gaining the two points, however he would have been less impressed with the performance with both sides dropping large amounts of ball throughout.

Castleford had the first real chance of the game after 8 minutes following a dubious decision to award a knock on from Regan Grace after the ball appeared to go backwards.

The resulting set on the Saints 10 metre line saw solid defence from the visitors, forcing the error from Jake Webster.

Despite this, St Helens started the game the brightest and were able to convert this into an opening score through the in-form Mark Percival.

Saints were awarded a penalty for a Kevin Larroyer ball steal 10 metres from Cas line.  An awful pass from Matty Smith forced Percival to retreat to collect it, however he found the home defence stood still, allowing him to stroll over unopposed in the corner. Makinson’s conversion from the touchline gave Saints an early 6-0 lead.

A positive start from both sides soon descended into a knock-on-athon with either team failing to complete a set.  This continued until the 34th minute, when Kieran Gill dove over for an equalising score.

After three consecutive sets on the Saints line, the ball came to Webster who produced a slick ball to send Gill over to the sound of furious protests from the Saints players and fans who believed Junior Moors dropped the ball in the previous tackle. McShane failed to add the extras from the sideline, bringing the scores to 6-4.

The Tigers were only within two of the visitors for 4 minutes however, with a knock on from the kick off giving Saints a scrum close to the home line. The pass from the scrum was met by a rampaging Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook who would not be stopped from close range.  Makinson’s second conversion meant that Saints returned to the dressing rooms with a 12-4 lead.

The second half saw a recommencement of the error strewn nature of the first, with both sides wasting good scoring opportunities. Again, it was Castleford who broke this trend in the 58th minute through a clever Mike McMeeken try, kick-starting a possible comeback. A poor tackle attempt from Zeb Taia, fooled by a nice step and dummy from McMeeken, allowed the forward to score.  McShane this time managed to convert, narrowing the margin to two points.

Yet another knock on, this time from Ben Roberts returning the ball from the kick off, gave Saints good field position in the Tigers half. The ball was spread wide to Grace whose acrobatic effort in the corner was turned down, with him deemed to have been in touch.

The comeback was soon complete for Castleford, who displayed ingenuity on the last tackle. The ball was spread wide to Greg Minikin, who put in an infield kick which found Tom Holmes who was able to score. McShane notched over another successful conversion to push the Tigers into a 16-12 lead for the first time in the game with only eight minutes remaining.

Saints thought they had sneaked a win with minutes remaining through a strong run from Alex Walmsley, however he was deemed to have performed a double movement on his dive for the line.

Saints had one last chance on the hooter, with Makinson kicking through and appearing to be taken out, however the referee chose not to award anything, giving Castleford a narrow 16-12 victory to continue their quest for the Super League title.

Had the Sky cameras been there, the video ref would have certainly earned his money, but it was nonetheless an exciting end to thrilling afternoon of rugby league.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
5Greg EdenWing000000
2Greg MinikinWing000000
3Jake WebsterCentre000000
8Andy LynchProp000000
9Paul McShaneHooker020000
14Nathan Massey 17Loose Forward000001
15Jesse Sene-LefaoSecond Row000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off000000
16Kevin Larroyer 35Second Row000000
21Joel MonaghanWing000000
25Kieran Gill 29Centre100000
28Tom HolmesHooker100000
34Alex Foster 12Second Row000000
17Junior Moors 14Interchange000000
12Mike McMeeken 34Interchange100000
29Jy Hitchcox 25Interchange000000
35Jacob Trueman 16Interchange000000
 Total 320001

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back000000
2Tommy MakinsonWing020000
3Ryan MorganCentre000000
4Mark PercivalCentre100000
5Adam SwiftWing000000
7Matty SmithScrum Half000000
8Alex Walmsley 16Prop000000
9James Roby 17Hooker000000
10Kyle Amor 13Prop000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
20Morgan KnowlesHooker000000
28Regan GraceWing000000
36Zeb Taia 14Second Row000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 10Interchange100000
14Luke Douglas 36Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 8Interchange000000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
 Total 220000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 4, 2017 3:30 pm Super League 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Castleford Tigers41216
St Helens12012