Castleford Tigers 20-4 Catalans Dragons

Friday 1st February 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

20-4 FT

HT: 12 0

Attendance: 7,494

Official: J Child

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Paul McShane, Greg Eden 2,

  • Goals
    Paul McShane 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Lewis Tierney,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Greg Eden scored two tries as Castleford Tigers opened the 2019 Betfred Super League season with a hard-fought 20-4 victory over Catalans Dragons.

The Tigers were rocked in pre-season by the loss of key half-back Luke Gale to a serious injury but they showed they have enough quality to mount another title bid in a professional round-one display.

Paul McShane has established himself as one of the competition's best hookers and he guided Castleford brilliantly in Gale's absence, scoring the opening try and finishing with four goals.

The Mend-A-Hose Jungle has not been a happy hunting ground for the Dragons and they had only Lewis Tierney's try to show for their efforts as their winless run at Castleford stretched to eight games.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “It was a good win for us. We defended outstandingly well and our attitude was great. It was a really pleasing performance.

“We’ve been the most consistent team over the last two years statistically – we’ve won 75 per cent of our games which is a pretty awesome effort. But obviously we want to win something.

“Tonight has given us a good platform. Clearly we’ll improve as we work through the season.”

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara said: “In those conditions on a night like that, you’re not going to create lots of clear-cut chances. You need to fight, scrap and find ways to score tries. Castleford did that better than we did.

“They deserved to win. Clearly we were second best. We lost the physical battle. This team has still got to learn how to dig deep and stay in games when we’re not playing well.

“Although we never looked like we were going to win that game, we did stay in the contest.”

  • 77: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 76: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 65: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Lewis Tierney
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 34: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 12: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • Key Performers

    Liam Watts

    Metres: 181
    Offloads: 4

    Tony Gigot

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Tigers 3
    Catalans 1

    Goals:

    Tigers 4
    Catalans 0

    METRES:

    Tigers 1370
    Catalans 946

    CARRIES:

    Tigers 182
    Catalans 160

    TACKLES:

    Tigers 326
    Catalans 377

    OFFLOADS:

    Tigers 15
    Catalans 10

    PENALTIES:

    Tigers 11
    Catalans 9

    BREAKS:

    Tigers 10
    Catalans 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Watts 0 0 43 8 2 6 0 20 181 9.05 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Greg Eden 2 0 2 0 0 7 0 15 144 9.60 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 7 0 0 8 0 17 126 7.41 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0
    James Clare 0 0 5 0 1 4 0 15 119 7.93 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 28 5 0 1 0 15 107 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Junior Moors 0 0 14 2 3 1 0 14 100 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Alex Foster 0 0 39 7 1 4 0 9 93 10.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Shenton 0 2 8 0 3 2 0 11 83 7.55 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 13 0 4 0 0 9 70 7.78 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Cook 0 0 9 1 1 0 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 16 3 3 0 2 8 59 7.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 35 3 0 0 0 9 52 5.78 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Grant Millington 0 0 29 4 2 3 0 12 50 4.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 1 0 35 3 7 7 1 8 49 6.13 2 5 0 0 4 1 1 1
    Jake Trueman 0 0 19 3 0 4 11 5 37 7.40 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 20 1 1 2 2 4 30 7.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 7 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 12 0 2 1 0 15 117 7.80 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 29 3 0 1 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Samisoni Langi 0 0 22 4 6 2 0 11 77 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Gigot 0 0 18 4 6 4 5 10 73 7.30 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 0
    Lewis Tierney 1 0 5 0 2 2 0 14 65 4.64 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 21 5 4 1 0 13 64 4.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    David Mead 0 0 9 0 5 1 0 12 63 5.25 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Kenny Edwards 0 1 25 2 3 6 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Moa 0 0 24 5 1 0 0 13 61 4.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Mickael Goudemand 0 0 27 10 1 0 1 10 49 4.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Remi Casty 0 0 25 4 2 1 0 9 46 5.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 23 3 2 2 0 8 46 5.75 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Smith 0 0 8 1 2 2 3 5 40 8.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 33 8 3 3 1 5 32 6.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 40 5 4 0 0 5 30 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alrix Da Costa 0 0 47 9 2 1 1 4 29 7.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Tomkins 0 0 9 0 4 1 2 3 14 4.67 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 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