13th September 2018, 22:13 | super8
Castleford Tigers put the pressure on second-placed Wigan Warriors in their quest for a home semi-final with a 44-12 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Winger Greg Eden scored his eighth try in four matches as the Tigers moved one point behind the Warriors, who host Warrington Wolves on Friday night.
Huddersfield required just two minutes to open the scoring, Adam O'Brien scooting over from close range, but Eden soon reduced the deficit with a classy finish in the corner.
Although Lee Gaskell broke free in the tackle and gave the Giants the lead, the hosts came storming back with 40 unanswered points.
Jake Webster finished a fine move before Junior Moors crashed over five minutes before half-time to make it 16-12.
James Clare and Mike McMeeken crossed in the second half while Moors, Peter Mata'utia and Grant Millington all went over late on as the Tigers dominated.
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Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “I thought we were really good, particularly with the way we’re defending at the moment. We conceded a couple of soft ones at the start but after that we defended well.
“Over the last month I think we’ve conceded 10 and a half points a game which is really good. We’ve got a lot of players playing really well at the moment and as a team we’re just getting better.
“Huddersfield are very good how they defend and it took us a while to break them down. I think that patient side of our game is really going to help us.”
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Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: “I thought we started the game reasonably well and midway through the first half we were well and truly in the arm wrestle.
“But we gave them too much ball and it took a lot of gas out of us. Late in the game we were out of energy and made some errors coming out of our own end trying to play catch-up,
“At the moment we’re a tired footy team, there’s not much petrol left in the tank. We’ve been up for a long time and won a lot of must-win games, now we’re mentally shot."