14th July 2017, 22:24 | Castleford
Castleford Tigers continued their march towards a first Betfred Super League title but their 38-14 win over Salford Red Devils came at a cost with prolific winger Greg Eden set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Super League’s top tryscorer was forced from the field in obvious discomfort after injuring his shoulder as he finished spectacularly in the corner.
Eden’s two first-half tries either side of Ben Roberts’ determined finish underlined his importance to the Tigers but Daryl Powell’s men still had more than enough to record their 11th league victory in a row.
Joel Monaghan scored twice after the break while Zak Hardaker also crossed as Castleford comfortably maintained their 100 per cent home record.
While the Tigers appear certain to secure a home semi-final in the early weeks of the Super 8s, Salford’s place in the top four looks increasingly insecure.
The Red Devils could only add Jake Bibby’s try to first-half efforts from Gareth O’Brien and Kris Welham as they suffered another blow to their play-off hopes.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell expects to lose prolific winger Eden for the rest of the season
“I'm really disappointed for Greg Eden,” Powell said. “He’ll probably be out for the year with that which is a massive blow. He’s been going awesome for us.
“This happens. Every team has to deal with a little bit of adversity. We’ll just crack on.”
DP on Greg Eden: "It's disappointing for him and for us. It could be a season ending injury"— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) July 14, 2017
Salford coach Ian Watson said: “I thought our middles stood up really well but we've been let down by our defence which I don’t think anyone will disagree with.
“It’s something we need to fix up and we will do. We’ll be better for this experience come the Super 8s."