Widnes Vikings 24-34 Castleford Tigers

Sunday 10th April 2016
KO: 15:00 - Round: 10

24-34 FT

HT: 18 10

Attendance: 5,081

Official: J Cobb

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Patrick Ah Van, MacGraff Leuluai, Corey Thompson, Lloyd White,

  • Goals
    Chris Bridge 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Denny Solomona 3, Ryan Boyle, Luke Gale, Paul McShane,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

A Denny Solomona hat-trick saw Castleford Tigers secure a 34-24 First Utility Super League win over Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium.

Solomona's contribution was the highlight of a magnificent comeback by the Tigers - they found themselves 18-0 down after 20 minutes - as, superbly led by Luke Gale, Castleford largely dominated the final hour of the contest.

Widnes' start came courtesy of tries from Patrick Ah Van, MacGruff Leuluai and Corey Thompson and it looked like the Vikings were sitting pretty, but the Tigers reminded them otherwise when Jake Webster put Solomona over for his first try.

Just two minutes later Solomona was in again as he outflanked the Widnes defence and both sides had further opportunities to add to their first-half tally but they went into the dressing rooms at 18-10.

Within three minutes of the restart Solomona completed his hat-trick from a superb Webster offload and Gale added the extras.

The Tigers hit the front for the first time on 52 minutes when Ryan Boyle rumbled over after Solomona had tapped back a bomb near the Widnes line, with the goal making it 22-18.

Having been creator-in-chief Gale got on the scoresheet as he dummied his way over for a self-converted try which gave his side a 28-18 advantage.

Widnes dummy-half Lloyd White tricked his way through with eight minutes remaining for a try which Chris Bridge goaled to set up an exciting finish but it was the Tigers who closed it out when Paul McShane crossed from the play-the-ball for the clinching six-pointer.

Widnes boss Denis Betts said: "After the first five or 10 minutes we just went a little bit soft on ourselves. We were 12-0 up but I was still seeing things in us that weren't strong.

"There was a bit of ill-discipline and areas of our game where we gave them field-position too easily. They had nothing to lose and they came back. It was a massively disappointing day.

"We get 18 points up and Joe Mellor gets away down the sideline but effectively bombs a try. Defensively we were slack from the start. We just didn't control the ruck right through to the end of their sets."

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell said: "I've rarely seen a changing room as buzzing at half-time with the players just talking about the game.

"They felt they had every chance of winning it, you could just sense it. We just needed to tidy our game up but at 18-0 it looked quite difficult to do.

"There's an immense amount of character in the team and the response today to being 18-0 down showed great determination to come out the other side when you're in a tough patch."

  • 78: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 78: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 73: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • 73: TRY! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 63: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 52: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ryan Boyle
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 42: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 28: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 25: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • 19: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • 8: TRY! scored for Widnes by MacGraff Leuluai
  • 2: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 2: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • Key Performers

    Denny Solomona

    Tries 3
    5 5

    Andy Lynch

    Metres 202
    5 5

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Metres 162
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Castleford Tigers 12

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Castleford Tigers 10

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1299
    Castleford Tigers 1376

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 153
    Castleford Tigers 179

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 366
    Castleford Tigers 320

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Castleford Tigers 4

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 9
    Castleford Tigers 7

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 6
    Castleford Tigers 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Corey Thompson 1 0 3 1 2 1 0 5 122 24.40 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 1
    Patrick Ah Van 1 0 6 0 0 3 0 11 109 9.91 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 1 0 35 3 1 1 0 8 60 7.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lloyd White 1 0 49 6 2 1 0 7 34 4.86 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 3 1 2 3 1 11 114 10.36 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Bridge 0 0 19 2 2 1 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 1
    Chris Dean 0 1 17 2 1 0 0 7 59 8.43 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 0 16 1 0 1 8 15 80 5.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Mellor 0 1 13 0 0 3 6 15 128 8.53 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 26 1 1 0 0 19 162 8.53 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 33 4 1 0 0 3 20 6.67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 35 4 1 1 0 12 110 9.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Chris Houston 0 0 29 1 1 0 0 15 119 7.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Setaimata Sa 0 0 24 2 0 0 0 5 48 9.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 23 5 0 0 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 19 3 1 0 0 5 28 5.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Brooks 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 2 20 10.00 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
    Denny Solomona 3 0 3 0 0 2 0 8 62 7.75 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Gale 1 0 12 1 3 3 10 17 58 3.41 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 0
    Paul McShane 1 1 34 1 0 2 0 3 13 4.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Boyle 1 0 16 2 0 0 0 6 46 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 15 96 6.40 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Monaghan 0 0 8 3 0 0 0 10 78 7.80 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 17 2 0 0 1 12 120 10.00 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 0 2 14 2 1 2 0 13 82 6.31 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Holmes 0 0 28 4 1 0 0 6 31 5.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 36 5 1 0 0 24 202 8.42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 40 3 3 1 0 15 107 7.13 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Lee Jewitt 0 0 23 4 1 0 0 12 103 8.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Matthew Cook 0 0 22 5 3 2 0 12 105 8.75 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 30 2 0 0 0 11 101 9.18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 18 5 0 0 0 2 22 11.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 7 3 2 3 0 10 123 12.30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Will Maher 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 3 27 9.00 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