Castleford Tigers 34-20 Widnes Vikings

Sunday 5th July 2015
KO: 15:30 - Round: 20

34-20 FT

HT: 24 10

Attendance: 7,002

Official: J Cobb

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Denny Solomona 3, Jake Webster, Matt Cook, Justin Carney,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Jack Owens, Chris Clarkson, Tom Gilmore, MacGraff Leuluai,

  • Goals
    Jack Owens 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Denny Solomona continued his rich vein of form with a hat-trick as Castleford Tigers boosted their top-four hopes with a 34-20 victory over Widnes Vikings at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Solomona has been First Utility Super League's deadliest finisher in recent rounds, with his eight tries inspiring the Tigers to four successive wins.

The New Zealand-born winger crossed twice in the first 15 minutes following good work by the returning Luke Dorn, who was celebrating his 250th appearance in the British game.

Jake Webster scored to make it 18-0 but he spent 10 minutes in the sin bin later in the half after questioning the decision to award Jack Owens' try.

Chris Clarkson took advantage of Webster's absence to cut the deficit to eight points but tries either side of half-time from Matt Cook and Justin Carney put Castleford back in control.

Tom Gilmore and Macgraff Leuluai went over to set up an intriguing final 10 minutes but Solomona's third try confirmed a fourth league defeat in a row for Widnes, whose top-eight chances are fading.

Castleford suffered an early blow when Nathan Massey hobbled off but they hit the front as Dorn, on his return after three months out with hamstring problems, evaded Danny Craven with neat footwork before feeding Solomona for a simple finish.

Luke Gale converted from out wide and he had a hand in the Tigers' next try. His high kick was dropped by Rhys Hanbury and from the resultant scrum Dorn again found Solomona, who stepped Owens and showed his athleticism to touch down in the corner.

Widnes were struggling with ball in hand in the absence of the influential Kevin Brown and then their defence let them down as Webster barged his way over from dummy half to put the Tigers in full control.

The Vikings needed to score next and they did just that to a chorus of boos when Owens beat Solomona in a one-on-one as Castleford pleaded for a penalty for obstruction in the build-up.

Webster was sin-binned after saying too much to referee Joe Cobb and watched on from the sidelines as Widnes hauled themselves further into the contest through Clarkson's powerful effort from close range.

The Tigers centre was still off the field when Cook took Gale's pass at full tilt to power through Widnes' defence on his way to the line.

There were more cheers from the home faithful during half-time after it was announced their new stadium would be ready for the start of the 2018 season.

The dark clouds rolled in upon the restart but nothing could dampen the spirits of the Castleford supporters, who were celebrating another try when Carney collected Gale's pinpoint kick to score.

Torrential rain was falling when Gilmore took his own kick with the help of a Castleford body and touched down to give the Vikings a glimmer of hope.

Michel Shenton bombed a glorious opportunity to put the Tigers out of reach when he failed to take Dorn's pass with the line at his mercy, and Widnes threatened to make him pay after Leuluai went over from close range.

But Solomona squeezed over in the corner to complete his hat-trick and make it five home wins in a row for Castleford over the Vikings.

  • 72: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 68: TRY! scored for Widnes by MacGraff Leuluai
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 53: TRY! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 50: Interchange On for Castleford, Gadwin Springer On
  • 50: Interchange Off for Castleford, Matt Cook Off
  • 46: Interchange On for Widnes, MacGraff Leuluai On
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 46: TRY! scored for Castleford by Justin Carney
  • 46: Interchange Off for Widnes, Danny Galea Off
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 40: TRY! scored for Castleford by Matt Cook
  • 40: Interchange Off for Widnes, Eamon O'Carroll Off
  • 40: Interchange On for Widnes, Gil Dudson On
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 36: TRY! scored for Widnes by Chris Clarkson
  • 31: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 26: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 25: Interchange Off for Castleford, Andy Lynch Off
  • 25: Interchange Off for Castleford, Adam Milner Off
  • 25: Interchange On for Castleford, Junior Moors On
  • 25: Interchange On for Castleford, Ben Roberts On
  • 24: Interchange Off for Widnes, Alex Gerrard Off
  • 24: Interchange On for Widnes, Willie Isa On
  • 23: Interchange On for Widnes, Eamon O'Carroll On
  • 23: Interchange Off for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 14: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 9: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 6: Interchange On for Castleford, Matt Cook On
  • 6: Interchange Off for Castleford, Nathan Massey Off
  • Key Performers

    Luke Gale

    Forty Twenty 1
    5 5

    Junior Moors

    Offloads 4
    5 5

    Denny Solomona

    Tries 3
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 3

    Andy Lynch

    Offloads 4
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 12
    Widnes Vikings 8

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 10
    Widnes Vikings 4

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1218
    Widnes Vikings 991

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 183
    Widnes Vikings 148

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 280
    Widnes Vikings 376

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 17
    Widnes Vikings 4

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 8
    Widnes Vikings 10

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 5
    Widnes Vikings 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Denny Solomona 3 0 2 0 1 2 0 8 51 6.38 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 1 1 9 1 0 4 0 18 113 6.28 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Justin Carney 1 0 4 0 0 3 0 16 134 8.38 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 1 0 27 5 1 4 0 13 77 5.92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Dorn 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 9 42 4.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 16 3 0 1 0 8 53 6.63 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 19 5 1 3 4 8 33 4.13 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Gale 0 2 7 0 0 1 5 3 27 9.00 1 0 1 1 5 1 1 1
    Andy Lynch 0 0 27 4 0 2 0 17 131 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 18 3 1 1 1 5 38 7.60 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Grant Millington 0 0 31 2 2 4 0 18 115 6.39 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 30 4 1 1 0 14 67 4.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 27 3 2 1 0 14 103 7.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 23 2 0 4 1 7 64 9.14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Junior Moors 0 0 23 1 0 3 0 18 128 7.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 6 37 6.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jack Owens 1 0 10 2 2 1 0 6 34 5.67 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
    Tom Gilmore 1 1 21 1 2 0 5 8 32 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Clarkson 1 0 36 6 0 2 0 16 134 8.38 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 1 0 17 5 2 1 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 10 73 7.30 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Paddy Flynn 0 0 7 1 2 1 1 16 91 5.69 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 27 4 2 0 1 7 48 6.86 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Craven 0 0 25 4 5 0 1 3 19 6.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Joe Mellor 0 1 11 2 1 2 2 7 24 3.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 24 4 0 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 39 8 6 1 0 8 55 6.88 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 27 5 0 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Galea 0 0 18 3 4 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 37 7 3 0 0 12 91 7.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 18 3 2 0 0 11 90 8.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    William Isa 0 0 40 9 3 1 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 10 2 0 1 0 6 39 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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