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“Utter disgrace” – Castleford Tigers fans and media react to collapse against St Helens

Castleford Tigers were humiliated at home by St Helens last night with Paul Wellens’ St Helens side running out 60-4 victors in what Craig Lingard has described as an “extremely poor” performance.

It was a game where the scoreline didn’t really reflect the trends of play at half time with St Helens only 8-4 up thanks to a late Louis Senior try, despite the Red Vee having controlled much of the first half whilst a man down.

St Helens had seen Tommy Makinson sent off for a high tackle that caused contact with the head in just the 12th minute but they actually managed to double their lead from 4-0 to 8-0 before Senior’s late score.

What happened in the second forty was a total capitulation though with Saints bagging the first try to make it 14-6 before they put on 46 points in the final 28 minutes, Liam Horne’s red card being the catalyst for Castleford Tigers to fold so easily and succumb to 52 unanswered points and a 60-4 beatdown.

“If it means that we break some people then we break them,” was the post-match analysis of Craig Lingard who has promised his side a beasting during the upcoming week off due to the Challenge Cup.

Castleford Tigers collapse as Saints run riot

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After an improved performance against Wigan, a win over London and then the epic fightback to draw against Leigh all in consecutive weeks, it seemed that Castleford Tigers were making major progress but that’s been derailed by last night’s performance.

At least that was the sentiment of Craig Lingard who used his post-match press conference to berate his players for the lacklustre showing.

Lingard fumed as he explained: “We know that we’re going to take two or three steps forward every now and again, and we’re going to take a step or two back. You can’t have a massive leap back like that. To concede 52 points in the second half is completely unacceptable.”

Analysis from The Yorkshire Post was similar too, as they described the loss as an “abject defeat” noting Lingard’s claim of the second-half showing as “completely unacceptable” to headline their reports.

Whilst Lingard himself was understandably enraged, fans were perhaps even more so, with the embarrassing defeat compounding a lack of off-field progress in regard to recruitment.

Castleford Tigers are one of the few sides to announce no signings for 2025 and with that lack of ‘positive news’, it meant the pile-on from fans post-match was more severe than ever.

Reacting to the club’s official X profile sharing the match result with the caption “Defeat at The Jungle”, fans were keen to point out the disgraceful nature of the defeat.

“Utter disgrace to the badge was the summary from one fan”, whilst another claimed that the nature of the loss was so bad that it had triggered “fans arguing amongst themselves”.

After the brilliant comeback performance against Leigh Leopards saw the club’s social team confirm “the whole team” as Man of the Match, much was made regarding the lack of effort that led to the capitulation.

“Can the full team get MOTM for being really s**t?”, was the assessment of one fan whereas another made the bold claim: “There’s a few players I wouldn’t mind ever not seeing play again”.

Castleford Tigers will certainly now need to regroup, recover and potentially recruit, the latter being crucial to provide some faith for the fans for 2025. However, they’ll do so across a week in which they’re set to be beasted by Craig Lingard with his promise to train to intensity “even if bodies are broken”.

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