Castleford Tigers 27-26 Huddersfield Giants

Friday 7th June 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 17

27-26 FT

HT: 10 12

Attendance: 7,483

Official: B Thaler

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Minikin, Liam Watts, Grant Millington,

  • Goals
    Peter Mata'utia (7),

  • Drop Goals
    Peter Mata'utia,

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Lee Gaskell (3), Joe Wardle,

  • Goals
    Oliver Russell (5),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Full-back Peter Mata’utia struck in the seventh minute of extra time to give Castleford Tigers a 27-26 victory over Huddersfield Giants.

A try on his 200th appearance from prop Grant Millington three minutes from the end of normal time enabled the Tigers to level the match at 26-26 and set up the fourth Betfred Super League match to be decided by golden point this year.

It was a cruel outcome for stand-off Lee Gaskell, who scored a hat-trick of tries only to find himself on the losing team.

Two of his tries came in the first half, where a pair of penalties from Mata’utia and Greg Minikin's try helped Castleford cut the half-time deficit to 12-10. A third penalty drew the hosts level but Gaskell completed his treble, only for Liam Watts to pull the Tigers back to 18-18.

Mata’utia kicked another penalty to put Castleford ahead, however former Tiger Joe Wardle crashed over for Huddersfield for what looked to be the match-winning try until Millington’s late score.

Castleford half-backs Jake Trueman and Jordan Rankin both missed drop-goal attempts but Mata’utia proved to be the hero in the 87th minute.

Huddersfield head Simon Woolford said: “I’d rather get beat by 30, especially when we were in a winning position a number of times.

“We’ve lost three games this year by a point and each time we’ve self-destructed. Each time we were in winning positions and blew every one.

“There was lots of good stuff out there. We started off slow but worked our way into the game and scored some nice tries.

“But the way we self-destructed is just not good enough and it’s not going to be accepted.

“Give Cas credit, they hung in but we weren’t able to close the game out and in the first half of extra time we gifted them three opportunities. It should have been over then.

“If you are a good enough footy team, you close that game out. In golden point, it’s the team that holds their nerve that comes out on top.

“When it’s tight like that, you’ve got to work as a team, not individuals, and going for field goals 50 metres out is sheer stupidity.”

Castleford boss Daryl Powell said: “It was an energy sapper, that’s for sure. It was a really tough game, a nervy one for us.

“Huddersfield have been playing exceptionally well, they were on a bit of a roll and we showed lot of character to win it.

“We played some pretty dumb stuff at times but we needed to win and it feels pretty important.

“It looked like it was going to go the full 10 minutes in extra time. We had a few opportunities to win it. We had a couple of drop-goal efforts, some pea-rollers and a flapper, and then an absolute belter from Peter Mata’utia.”

  • 80: Goal scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 79: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 77: TRY! scored for Castleford by Grant Millington
  • 76: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 75: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Joe Wardle
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 63: TRY! scored for Castleford by Liam Watts
  • 58: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 57: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 38: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 34: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 32: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Oliver Russell
  • 25: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Lee Gaskell
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • Key Performers

    Liam Watts

    Metres: 194

    Oliver Russell

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Tigers 3
    Giants 4

    Goals:

    Tigers 7
    Giants 5

    METRES:

    Tigers 1422
    Giants 1097

    CARRIES:

    Tigers 186
    Giants 167

    TACKLES:

    Tigers 347
    Giants 382

    OFFLOADS:

    Tigers 6
    Giants 2

    PENALTIES:

    Tigers 9
    Giants 9

    BREAKS:

    Tigers 1
    Giants 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Watts 1 0 41 10 6 2 0 23 194 8.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 7 0 3 3 1 18 156 8.67 0 3 0 0 7 0 2 1
    Greg Minikin 1 0 8 1 1 7 0 13 137 10.54 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Clare 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 12 119 9.92 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 0 1 17 1 3 3 1 17 112 6.59 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Nathan Massey 0 0 29 7 2 0 0 11 95 8.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Eden 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 13 87 6.69 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cheyse Blair 0 0 18 3 1 4 0 11 83 7.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 30 5 2 1 0 12 81 6.75 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 19 5 0 3 7 10 59 5.90 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Grant Millington 1 0 30 6 2 1 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Trueman 0 0 30 4 4 1 4 8 49 6.13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 28 6 2 0 0 6 47 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Clarkson 0 0 24 3 5 1 0 10 44 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 43 14 4 1 2 5 40 8.00 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Matthew Cook 0 0 16 7 1 0 0 4 34 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 5 30 6.00 0 0 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
    Jordan Turner 0 0 7 0 0 6 0 20 142 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 33 7 1 4 0 20 134 6.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 1 0 1 11 0 18 120 6.67 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 28 10 0 4 0 14 95 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 49 12 1 0 0 12 81 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Wardle 1 0 20 1 6 3 0 11 72 6.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 3 0 16 2 1 4 6 6 62 10.33 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 32 5 2 0 0 10 56 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kruise Leeming 0 1 23 4 3 1 0 6 51 8.50 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jacob Wardle 0 0 16 3 2 2 0 9 48 5.33 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 27 6 4 2 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Darnell McIntosh 0 1 7 0 0 1 1 8 47 5.88 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Alex Mellor 0 0 37 7 4 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Russell 0 0 16 2 3 0 3 7 37 5.29 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 28 4 2 0 0 5 27 5.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 2 38 9 3 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Innes Senior 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 15 3.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 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