Castleford Tigers 36-4 Catalans Dragons

Saturday 1st September 2018
KO: 19:30 - Round: 3

36-4 FT

HT: 18 0

Attendance: 7,658

Official: G Dolan

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Michael Shenton, Greg Eden 3, Jacob Trueman, Oliver Holmes,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Brayden Wiliame,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Greg Eden’s hat-trick and Luke Gale’s return from a four-month injury lay-off inspired Castleford Tigers to a 36-4 victory over Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons.

Castleford got their first try after 14 minutes through skipper Michael Shenton after Gale’s initial pass and full-back Peter Mata’utia’s smart inside ball.

Catalans enjoyed their best spell of pressure before Gale’s long looping pass was finished off by prolific winger Eden after 29 minutes.

Jake Trueman jinked his way over for try number three before half-time after Dragons lost Samisoni Langi, concussed by Oliver Holmes’ challenge.

Langi later returned but Cas eased towards the winning line courtesy of Eden’s second try after Gale and Shenton linked up to provide the opening two minutes after the restart.

Gale missed from the tee for the first time and the Dragons gave themselves hope when Kenny Edwards sent in Brayden Wiliame after 51 minutes.

However, the loss of giant forward Julian Bousquet to the sin bin for kicking out in the tackle after 57 minutes was a setback the Dragons did not need.

They survived the one-man disadvantage without conceding further points only for try scorer Wiliame to also see yellow for preventing a quick Cas restart with 10 minutes left.

This time the 12 men could not withstand the pressure, with Eden completing his latest treble eight minutes from time before Gale’s pass to Holmes ended a length-of-the-field move.

Last season’s beaten Grand Finalists are on course for a return to Old Trafford after moving eight points clear of fifth-placed Huddersfield with only four games remaining.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: "It puts us in a fantastic position. It will be tough to get us out of the four now.

“We have got four games left to build momentum. But we are in a great position already which is awesome based on what has happened to us this year.”

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: "Physically and mentally the players are extremely tired. But I thought they fought really hard and it was competitive for large parts."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 73: TRY! scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes
  • 72: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 70: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 51: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Brayden Wiliame
  • 42: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 36: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 29: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 14: TRY! scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton
  • Key Performers

    Greg Eden

    Tries: 3
    Metres: 170
    Clean Breaks: 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Tigers 6
    Catalans 1

    Goals:

    Tigers 6
    Catalans 0

    METRES:

    Tigers 1288
    Catalans 913

    CARRIES:

    Tigers 161
    Catalans 157

    TACKLES:

    Tigers 334
    Catalans 286

    OFFLOADS:

    Tigers 12
    Catalans 4

    PENALTIES:

    Tigers 9
    Catalans 8

    BREAKS:

    Tigers 11
    Catalans 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Eden 3 0 7 1 1 5 0 15 170 11.33 6 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    James Clare 0 0 10 6 4 3 0 14 131 9.36 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 10 2 1 5 0 10 106 10.60 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 18 7 3 4 0 12 98 8.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 1 4 0 1 6 0 13 92 7.08 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 33 5 2 2 0 11 92 8.36 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Oliver Holmes 1 0 25 5 0 0 0 10 90 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 29 4 1 6 0 10 88 8.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Joe Wardle 0 0 27 5 0 0 0 7 63 9.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Trueman 1 0 23 5 3 4 4 10 63 6.30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 1 2 14 1 0 4 0 12 61 5.08 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 7 1 3 1 0 6 61 10.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 28 4 1 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 22 4 3 0 0 9 49 5.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Gale 0 2 9 0 2 2 2 6 31 5.17 0 0 1 0 6 1 0 1
    Nathan Massey 0 0 20 3 1 0 0 5 26 5.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 48 15 0 0 2 3 6 2.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Bird 0 0 30 5 4 0 1 17 108 6.35 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Vincent Duport 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 15 92 6.13 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 5 0 6 3 1 12 83 6.92 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
    David Mead 0 0 5 0 3 7 0 17 79 4.65 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Mickael Goudemand 0 0 29 10 0 1 0 10 75 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Brayden Wiliame 1 0 13 1 1 3 0 10 69 6.90 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lambert Belmas 0 0 20 0 1 1 0 10 56 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Samisoni Langi 0 0 8 1 7 2 0 12 53 4.42 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 23 5 0 0 0 9 50 5.56 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Remi Casty 0 0 10 5 0 1 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alrix Da Costa 0 0 43 11 5 1 0 4 32 8.00 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Kenny Edwards 0 1 8 2 1 3 0 6 31 5.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 17 3 1 0 0 6 28 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 0 16 0 6 0 3 8 26 3.25 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 25 5 2 0 0 3 24 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lucas Albert 0 0 15 2 2 2 4 5 16 3.20 0 0 2 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