Friday 10th February 2017
20:00 - Round: 1

44-16 FT

( 26-0 HT )

Attendance : 8,522

Official: R Hicks

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Friday 10th February 2017
20:00 - Round: 1

44 : 16 FT

( 26 - 0 HT )

Attendance : 8,522

Official: R Hicks

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Scorers

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Luke Gale 2, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Greg Minikin 2, Junior Moors, Greg Eden,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 8,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Ryan Hampshire, Matty Dawson, Danny Tickle,

  • Goals
    Martyn Ridyard 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Luke Gale scored 24 points as Castleford Tigers condemned Leigh Centurions to a 44-16 defeat in their first Super League game for 12 years. 

The England international scored two tries and kicked eight goals to ensure the Tigers hit the ground running at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. 

The Centurions were out of the game by half-time as the stylish hosts opened up a 26-0 lead following a brace of tries from Greg Minikin and further scores from Gale, who also booted a penalty, and Jesse Sene-Lefao.  

Junior Moors and Gale went over in the second half, either side of former Castleford player Ryan Hampshire getting Leigh on the board, before new winger Greg Eden marked his debut with a try. 

Leigh staged a mini revival late on as Matty Dawson and Danny Tickle crossed, the latter for the 100th time in his career. 

Leigh head coach Neil Jukes said: "I thought the first 20 minutes were pretty good. We went toe to toe and stayed in it.

"But our kicking game let us down on too many occasions and, when they made their changes, they went up a new level. Grant Millington came on and started challenging us a bit more. We probably didn't get that same impact.

"Fair play to Cas, they're a really good side. They talked the talk for the last few months and walked the walk (on Friday night). We've got to get better in certain areas and we've got seven days to do it because we have a big game against Leeds next week. We'll make sure we're a lot better."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "They rattled us. It was a bit of a tussle for a large period but I thought there were also periods where we were really good.

"Some of the things we did with the ball were outstanding but it was a mixed bag. We put the game to bed early in the second half and got a bit loose and a bit scrappy so there are bits and pieces to work on.

"This was a dangerous game for us, though, and I thought we handled it well for the most part. I thought the new guys did well, there were a lot of real good individual performances. Some of our defensive efforts were great."

  • 74: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 74: TRY! scored for Leigh by Danny Tickle
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Martyn Ridyard
  • 70: TRY! scored for Leigh by Matty Dawson
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 62: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 58: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 58: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 47: TRY! scored for Leigh by Ryan Hampshire
  • 42: TRY! scored for Castleford by Junior Moors
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 39: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 30: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 24: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jesse Sene-Lefao
  • 19: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 39

    Danny Tickle

    Tackles 33

    Head to Head

    Tries: 7-3

    Goals: 8-2

    METRES 1131 - 755

    CARRIES 170 - 131

    TACKLES 258 - 333

    OFFLOADS 12 - 6

    PENALTIES 11 - 10

    BREAKS 7 - 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Gale 2 0 7 0 3 0 6 6 21 3.50 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 2 0 8 3 1 0 0 10 72 7.20 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 1 0 17 5 1 1 0 18 118 6.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 1 0 11 0 1 3 0 6 38 6.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Eden 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 8 40 5.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Grant Millington 0 2 21 4 0 1 0 18 114 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Ben Roberts 0 0 11 3 1 5 2 6 44 7.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 14 2 0 1 0 13 106 8.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Nathan Massey 0 0 26 3 1 2 0 12 75 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 20 4 2 1 0 14 71 5.07 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Paul McShane 0 1 39 6 2 0 1 3 21 7.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 19 1 0 0 0 9 47 5.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Andy Lynch 0 0 26 2 1 0 0 15 109 7.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Rangi Chase 0 0 4 0 0 2 1 3 28 9.33 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 1 13 3 0 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 1 16 2 0 5 0 9 110 12.22 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 1 4 0 1 2 0 13 73 5.62 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Hampshire 1 0 7 0 3 2 2 11 44 4.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Matthew Dawson 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 11 50 4.55 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Tickle 1 0 33 8 0 2 0 9 67 7.44 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Higson 0 0 7 0 3 2 0 14 79 5.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Crooks 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 6 38 6.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mitch Brown 0 0 15 3 3 1 0 8 30 3.75 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Martyn Ridyard 0 0 20 3 5 0 3 3 5 1.67 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
    James Green 0 0 28 9 1 2 0 10 77 7.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Atelea Vea 0 0 28 2 2 0 0 5 18 3.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Eloi Pelissier 0 0 39 10 0 2 1 6 45 7.50 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Dayne Weston 0 0 15 2 1 0 0 9 72 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Glenn Stewart 0 0 33 5 2 0 0 9 45 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 20 2 0 2 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cory Paterson 0 0 27 2 0 0 0 7 30 4.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Hock 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 9 62 6.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Liam Hood 0 0 20 5 1 0 0 1 10 10.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 3 6 0 4 0 8 2 7 3.50 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