Thursday 17th August 2017
20:00 - Round: 3

45-20 FT

( 18-10 HT )

Attendance : 11,235

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Thursday 17th August 2017
20:00 - Round: 3

45 : 20 FT

( 18 - 10 HT )

Attendance : 11,235

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Scorers

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Zak Hardaker 2, Mike McMeeken, Jake Webster 4, Greg Eden,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 6,

  • Drop GoalsLuke Gale,

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Ben Jones-Bishop, Mason Caton-Brown, Danny Kirmond, Max Jowitt,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers secured their first-ever Betfred Super League Leaders’ shield following their 45-20 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers needed just one point from their five remaining Super 8's matches to become the first side in the club's 91-year history to top the regular-season league table and they did so in entertaining style in front of packed home crowd – with centre Jake Webster enjoying a four-try show.

Liam Finn kicked an early penalty to put the visitors into a 2-0 lead but Zak Hardaker crossed to settle Castleford's nerves before Ben Jones-Bishop touched down to level the scores.

Converted Mike McMeeken and Jake Webster tries put the Tigers 18-6 up, and despite Mason Caton-Brown replying, the hosts an eight-point half-time advantage.

Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond powered over to reduce the gap to two points with 30 minutes left to unnerve the home fans once again but Greg Eden responded with his 35th Super League try on the season and Webster's second to put Castleford in the driving seat.

Webster crashed over for his hat-trick to send the Castleford fans into raptures before a Luke Gale drop-goal, a fourth try from the former New Zealand international and Hardaker's second score of the night added gloss to the scoreline, with Max Jowitt getting a consolation score for Trinity.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell hailed his history-making side and urged them to reach their first-ever Grand Final.

"It's fantastic for us, a group of people who have worked so hard from pre-season all the way through to be in this position," Powell said. 

"It's just an awesome feeling. It's a good news story for rugby league.

"I think everybody thinks we've got this and that's it but it's not. We'll celebrate this and we'll move on. We've got Huddersfield next up and, when the time comes, we'll be really prepared to take them on.

"Winning the league leaders is a big deal I think but winning the Grand Final would be just as big.

"With the Grand Final, it's a bigger stadium, there's a lot more people and it's a different pressure but it's another challenge and we'll look to take it head on."

A third defeat of the season at the hands of their nearest rivals was a blow to Wakefield's semi-final hopes but coach Chris Chester was proud of his players' efforts.

"There was a lot to be positive about," Chester said. "Despite the lack of field position in that first half, we were still in the game.

"And we gave it a real crack in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half.

"Credit to Cas they have been fantastic all season. They caused us a lot of problems on our left edge which we need to fix it.

"But I thought we did a lot of good things and I said to the guys I am extremely proud of the effort they put in."

  • 76: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 76: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 72: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Max Jowitt
  • 70: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 65: Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 63: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 55: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 52: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 48: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Danny Kirmond
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 39: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 31: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 31: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • 14: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 9: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 3: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • Key Performers

    Jake Webster

    Tries 4
    Clean Breaks 3

    Luke Gale

    Forty Twenty 1

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 35

    David Fifita

    Tackles 31

    Head to Head

    Tries: 8-4

    Goals: 6-2

    METRES 1258 - 1073

    CARRIES 174 - 174

    TACKLES 290 - 315

    OFFLOADS 11 - 15

    PENALTIES 8 - 6

    BREAKS 7 - 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jake Webster 4 0 17 3 2 6 0 13 101 7.77 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Zak Hardaker 2 1 4 0 0 2 0 14 94 6.71 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Mike McMeeken 1 1 29 8 2 5 0 15 150 10.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Greg Eden 1 0 1 0 0 3 2 12 92 7.67 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Alex Foster 0 0 15 5 0 0 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 13 1 1 0 0 7 51 7.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 16 4 0 2 0 15 105 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 13 6 0 0 0 7 49 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 15 2 0 0 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 33 7 1 0 0 6 20 3.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 20 4 3 1 0 14 90 6.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 35 8 2 0 1 5 21 4.20 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 24 4 2 1 0 12 83 6.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Gale 0 1 13 0 1 0 4 3 16 5.33 0 0 0 1 6 2 0 2
    Ben Roberts 0 3 16 2 0 2 2 12 115 9.58 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 19 4 1 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 7 2 2 3 0 13 100 7.69 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mason Caton-Brown 1 0 20 2 3 3 0 16 103 6.44 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Max Jowitt 1 0 6 0 2 2 2 13 66 5.08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Jones-Bishop 1 0 4 0 1 1 1 16 104 6.50 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Kirmond 1 0 23 3 0 3 0 11 60 5.45 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Reece Lyne 0 1 11 2 0 2 1 14 91 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Bill Tupou 0 1 6 2 0 2 0 15 96 6.40 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
    Jacob Miller 0 0 15 1 10 3 5 6 23 3.83 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Finn 0 1 8 1 0 0 4 6 28 4.67 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0
    Anthony England 0 0 13 2 1 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dean Hadley 0 0 29 8 1 0 0 7 52 7.43 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 0
    David Fifita 0 0 31 7 1 1 0 14 106 7.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 42 11 2 0 0 9 50 5.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 19 2 0 0 1 11 49 4.45 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Williams 0 0 17 1 1 0 0 7 49 7.00 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Huby 0 0 18 1 2 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 27 6 0 0 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Annakin 0 0 26 5 1 0 1 5 42 8.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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