Castleford Tigers 44-12 Huddersfield Giants

Thursday 13th September 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 5

44-12 FT

HT: 16 12

Attendance: 7,279

Official: B Thaler

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden, Jake Webster, Junior Moors 2, James Clare, Mike McMeeken, Peter Mata'utia, Grant Millington,

  • Goals
    Paul McShane 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Adam O'Brien, Lee Gaskell,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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 and 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.

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.”

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."

  • 79: TRY! scored for Castleford by Grant Millington
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 75: TRY! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 72: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 71: TRY! scored for Castleford by Junior Moors
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 67: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 58: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • 35: TRY! scored for Castleford by Junior Moors
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 24: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 19: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 5: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 3: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 2: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Adam O'Brien
  • Key Performers

    Junior Moors

    Metres 206
    5 5

    Liam Watts

    Metres 154
    5 5

    Michael Shenton

    Metres 162
    5 5

    Mike McMeeken

    Offloads 5
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 8
    Huddersfield Giants 2

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 6
    Huddersfield Giants 2

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1649
    Huddersfield Giants 892

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 206
    Huddersfield Giants 130

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 250
    Huddersfield Giants 368

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 12
    Huddersfield Giants 6

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 6
    Huddersfield Giants 8

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 9
    Huddersfield Giants 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Junior Moors 2 0 19 1 1 5 0 20 206 10.30 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 1 1 16 3 0 3 0 17 89 5.24 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Grant Millington 1 0 19 1 1 0 0 15 112 7.47 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Greg Eden 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 10 73 7.30 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 1 0 14 1 1 1 0 11 66 6.00 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
    James Clare 1 0 5 1 1 1 0 9 59 6.56 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 1 1 4 0 1 3 0 16 130 8.13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 10 101 10.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 14 5 0 3 0 7 64 9.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 24 5 2 2 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Greg Minikin 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 16 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 24 8 1 3 0 15 133 8.87 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 4 37 9 3 1 0 6 32 5.33 0 5 1 0 6 1 1 0
    Liam Watts 0 0 25 5 3 0 0 17 154 9.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Trueman 0 1 15 3 0 3 8 9 108 12.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Roberts 0 1 6 0 1 3 4 14 68 4.86 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 14 0 0 2 0 16 162 10.13 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lee Gaskell 1 0 15 3 1 3 0 3 30 10.00 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam O'Brien 1 0 30 11 1 1 0 1 6 6.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jacob Wardle 0 0 11 0 3 2 0 5 53 10.60 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 0 9 1 1 0 0 5 26 5.20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Mamo 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 9 55 6.11 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 12 0 1 1 0 5 27 5.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Innes Senior 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Brough 0 1 23 4 3 0 4 9 41 4.56 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 34 4 1 0 0 9 67 7.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 26 5 3 2 0 15 123 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 23 5 2 0 0 11 53 4.82 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 20 1 0 0 0 10 79 7.90 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 36 8 3 1 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 26 8 3 1 0 4 19 4.75 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 36 10 1 1 0 10 81 8.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Daniel Smith 0 0 35 8 2 1 0 13 91 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew English 0 0 25 3 5 0 0 5 29 5.80 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1

    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