Castleford Tigers 18-36 St Helens

Saturday 12th May 2018
KO: 14:30 - Round: 6

18-36 FT

HT: 0 12

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Jacob Trueman, Greg Minikin, Mike McMeeken,

  • Goals
    Jamie Ellis 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Regan Grace, Ben Barba 3, Ryan Morgan, Danny Richardson,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Ben Barba provided another masterclass to take St Helens a step closer to Wembley following a 36-18 win over Castleford Tigers in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.


The Australian full-back scored three tries and created two others, while scrum-half Danny Richardson produced another highly-encouraging display, highlighted by a 16-point haul from a try and six goals.

Barba reacted smartly to get winger Regan Grace away for the opening try after 15 minutes and the dashing Aussie repeated the feat nine minutes before half-time and this time went on his own to touch down at the corner before adding his second try three minutes after the break.

Tigers substitute Jacob Trueman scored a solo try after 47 minutes before Barba sent centre Ryan Morgan through a gap for Saints’ fourth try and the hosts struck again as Greg Minikin crossed at the corner - Jamie Ellis added the extras.


Richardson scored a solo try after 62 minutes to put more daylight between the sides and Barba completed his hat-trick before England second rower Mike McMeeken scored a consolation last-minute try for the home side.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "Cas were on fire this time last year. It was obviously hard to watch but that's all done and dusted.

"We're a different side this year and I'm definitely happy get a good win here today."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I thought we defended really well and shut Barba down on pretty much everything but we started the second half really poor and never really got
going. And when the game broke up, the quality that Barba has got shone. He picked us apart.
"I don't think we were durable enough."

  • 80: TRY! scored for Castleford by Mike McMeeken
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 70: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 70: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 63: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 63: TRY! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 59: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 52: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ryan Morgan
  • 52: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 48: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 43: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 43: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 32: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 24: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 16: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 16: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Tigers 3
    Saints 6

    Goals:

    Tigers 3
    Saints 6

    METRES:

    Tigers 1077
    Saints 1485

    CARRIES:

    Tigers 160
    Saints 207

    TACKLES:

    Tigers 390
    Saints 306

    OFFLOADS:

    Tigers 13
    Saints 9

    PENALTIES:

    Tigers 9
    Saints 5

    BREAKS:

    Tigers 2
    Saints 9