Friday 11th August 2017
20:00 - Round: 2

4-23 FT

( 0-12 HT )

Attendance : 2,811

Official: C Kendall

Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

Friday 11th August 2017
20:00 - Round: 2

4 : 23 FT

( 0 - 12 HT )

Attendance : 2,811

Official: C Kendall

Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

Scorers

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Manu Vatuvei,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Zak Hardaker 2, Paul McShane, Jy Hitchcox,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Luke Gale,

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford did not look back from Zak Hardaker's first-half brace of tries as the Tigers all but secured the League Leaders' Shield with a 23-4 victory over Salford Red Devils.

Hardaker went over underneath the posts in the seventh minute and the full-back touched down again after 26 minutes following some neat footwork past the Salford defence.

Luke Gale converted both scores to give the Betfred Super League leaders a 12-0 cushion at the interval, a lead that was reduced three minutes after the re-start when Manu Vatuvei grounded Todd Carney's grubber kick.

Carney failed to add the extras, though, and Castleford increased their lead on the hour when Paul McShane burst over from dummy half, with Gale adding the two points.

Jy Hitchcox then delighted the travelling support at the AJ Bell Stadium in the 64th minute by racing clear to touch down in the left corner, a try that was awarded after confirmation from the video referee.

Gale missed the touchline conversion but he made certain of the victory five minutes from time by splitting the posts with a drop goal as Castleford went 10 points clear at the top of the Super 8s standings with five games of the season remaining.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell was delighted with the victory.

He said: "Once we got control of our game and started maintaining possession we were fine. We had to work so hard defensively which was crucial because of the way we started the second half.

"It was a tough team performance but Zak Hardaker did some special things. Paul McShane was superb and Jy Hitchcox has been a real bonus for us. He was really good tonight.

"We couldn't be our normal selves and we had to adapt and adjust but we finished off the game real smart. I'm delighted we got the result.

"We want to get to a Grand Final and we have to be smart how we manage things. I would imagine Wakefield (who Castleford play next) are rubbing their hands together and will want to spoil any sort of party we might want to have.

"The League Leader's Shield is a piece of history and a massive tick for us - when it gets nailed on. We are looking to maintain our standards and that's the key now."

Salford coach Ian Watson was disappointed with the result - their eighth defeat from the last nine Super League games.

He said: "I thought the effort over 80 minutes was there. We were knocking on the door but we needed to turn opportunities into tries.

"We just couldn't manage that and that's credit to Castleford. In the first half we got some rough calls - I don't know how Manu Vatuvei's try which was disallowed in the first half wasn't given.

"We looked a bit more dangerous and if we stick with that effort going forward we will learn. We are missing a bit of know-how and need to be ruthless in our defence.

"But we are learning every week. It's tough for us because of the losing run we are on but I know we can turn it around.

"As a club we have progressed well as a club and team but we have to learn from games like tonight."

 

  • 75: Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 64: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jy Hitchcox
  • 59: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 43: TRY! scored for Salford by Manu Vatuvei
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 26: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 7: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Luke Gale

    Forty Twenty 1

    Zak Hardaker

    Clean Breaks 3

    Adam Walne

    Tackles 44

    Ryan Lannon

    Tackles 41

    George Griffin

    Metres 136
    Tackles 38

    Head to Head

    Tries: 1-4

    Goals: 0-3

    METRES 1255 - 1307

    CARRIES 179 - 173

    TACKLES 372 - 362

    OFFLOADS 10 - 9

    PENALTIES 11 - 9

    BREAKS 1 - 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Manu Vatuvei 1 0 9 0 1 4 0 15 130 8.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Daniel Murray 0 0 18 6 0 0 0 9 68 7.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 28 3 2 0 0 11 98 8.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Brining 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
    George Griffin 0 0 38 9 4 1 1 17 136 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 28 3 1 2 0 13 117 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 41 4 2 1 0 11 63 5.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 19 5 1 1 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 31 5 3 0 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 28 8 0 0 0 6 34 5.67 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Adam Walne 0 0 44 8 5 0 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Todd Carney 0 1 14 4 5 0 6 4 13 3.25 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
    Robert Lui 0 0 16 2 2 3 9 9 57 6.33 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Bibby 0 0 17 3 2 3 2 13 69 5.31 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Joshua Jones 0 0 11 2 0 1 0 19 127 6.68 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Greg Johnson 0 0 5 0 0 4 2 16 105 6.56 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Niall Evalds 0 0 7 0 3 1 0 5 11 2.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zak Hardaker 2 1 9 1 0 8 0 11 116 10.55 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jy Hitchcox 1 1 9 1 2 1 0 14 89 6.36 0 6 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 1 1 30 3 3 4 0 8 57 7.13 1 7 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 16 2 2 0 0 12 110 9.17 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 24 3 2 0 0 16 126 7.88 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Monaghan 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 58 7.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 18 2 0 1 3 11 85 7.73 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Luke Gale 0 0 19 4 4 5 6 3 22 7.33 0 0 1 1 3 1 1 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 22 1 1 7 0 14 149 10.64 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 39 4 2 1 0 11 59 5.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 37 10 1 0 0 8 29 3.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 23 6 2 3 0 13 127 9.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 28 6 0 0 0 12 75 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 26 4 0 0 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Cook 0 0 24 10 0 1 0 12 83 6.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 15 7 0 0 0 4 14 3.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Alex Foster 0 0 23 3 1 0 0 7 51 7.29 0 0 0 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