Castleford Tigers 22-8 Salford Red Devils

Sunday 11th March 2018
KO: 15:30 - Round: 5

22-8 FT

HT: 20 0

Attendance: 7,480

Official: L Moore

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Michael Shenton, James Clare, Luke Gale,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale (5),

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Jake Bibby, Junior Sa'u,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers made it three straight wins as they took advantage of a poor first-half performance by Salford Red Devils to record a 22-8 victory in a scrappy Betfred Super League fixture.

The postponement of last week’s game at Hull KR rounded off a frustrating month for the 2017 Grand Finalists but they continue to chalk off the wins following a nightmare opening night at St Helens.

Michael Shenton and James Clare – on his second debut – touched down in a fast start by the Tigers before Luke Gale added a fourth goal to his own try to make it 20-0 at half-time.

Mistake-ridden Salford barely completed a set in the opening 40 minutes but did improve after the break and crossed through Junior Sa’u and Jake Bibby.

The Tigers could only add a Gale penalty in the second half as they eased off with the points in the bag.

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell insists he is content to keep chalking off ugly wins as he waits for conditions to improve.

“After round one everybody was questioning us but we’re doing some good things at the moment,” said Powell.

“It’s not fantastic at times but there are some signs that we’re in a good place.

“Three wins from four, we‘re going OK. We’re going to need to improve and get some consistent accuracy to what we’re doing.

“Ultimately it’s about getting two points every week and the last three games we’ve been able to do that.

“But we’re not kidding ourselves. We know we’ve got to improve over the coming weeks.”

Salford head coach Ian Watson admitted a slow start had cost his side.

“It’s probably as bad as we’ve been in the first 30 minutes,” said Watson.

“We’ve got to hold each other accountable for that. But in the last 50 minutes we were miles better.”

  • 79: TRY! scored for Salford by Jake Bibby
  • 67: Interchange On for Salford, Junior Sa'u On
  • 67: Interchange Off for Salford, Mark Flanagan Off
  • 61: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 51: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 31: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 29: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 12: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 5: TRY! scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 3
    Salford Red Devils 2

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 5
    Salford Red Devils 0

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1171
    Salford Red Devils 1020

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 203
    Salford Red Devils 163

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 337
    Salford Red Devils 371

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 15
    Salford Red Devils 10

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 9
    Salford Red Devils 10

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 2
    Salford Red Devils 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Gale 1 1 11 2 3 2 4 10 33 3.30 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 1
    James Clare 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 16 92 5.75 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Shenton 1 0 8 1 0 3 0 11 77 7.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Green 0 0 20 5 1 1 0 7 36 5.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 16 5 0 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 16 3 0 1 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 34 10 4 5 1 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Foster 0 0 23 5 1 3 0 11 51 4.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 44 7 2 1 0 15 83 5.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 24 5 2 0 0 12 101 8.42 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 23 4 2 1 0 18 103 5.72 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 41 7 1 2 2 5 51 10.20 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Nathan Massey 0 0 27 5 0 1 0 21 117 5.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jamie Ellis 0 0 8 0 3 3 4 10 43 4.30 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 30 4 2 0 1 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Greg Minikin 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 17 96 5.65 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 16 70 4.38 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Junior Sau 1 0 8 1 1 3 0 18 107 5.94 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Bibby 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 9 58 6.44 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 0 0 8 1 2 1 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Niall Evalds 0 1 8 0 2 4 1 6 41 6.83 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Johnson 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 16 102 6.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 27 2 4 2 7 4 23 5.75 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
    Jack Littlejohn 0 1 17 1 4 2 2 9 49 5.44 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Luke Burgess 0 0 23 3 1 1 0 9 61 6.78 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 13 3 0 0 0 2 22 11.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    George Griffin 0 0 26 6 4 0 0 8 43 5.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Joshua Jones 0 0 19 4 2 4 1 16 94 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 44 15 1 1 0 10 49 4.90 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 42 9 1 1 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 2
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 43 7 1 1 0 6 37 6.17 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 32 6 1 0 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 24 4 0 0 0 11 79 7.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 24 7 1 0 0 17 106 6.24 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties