Castleford Tigers 32-22 Widnes Vikings

Friday 26th May 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 15

32-22 FT

HT: 10 12

Official: C Campbell

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden 3, Gadwin Springer, Greg Minikin, Matt Cook,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Ryan Ince, Jack Johnson 2, Corey Thompson,

  • Goals
    Ed Chamberlain 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Greg Eden continued his remarkable scoring record with a third successive hat-trick as leaders Castleford Tigers came from behind to beat Widnes Vikings 32-22 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

On his 100th career appearance, Betfred Super League's leading scorer took his overall tally for the season to 24 tries in just 16 appearances.

Eden's scores proved vital as the Tigers came from 22-10 behind early in the second half to eke out a fifth straight victory while condemning Widnes to a fifth successive defeat.

Eden opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Widnes rallied and went over through Ryan Ince and Jack Johnson. Gadwin Springer's try right on half-time got the Tigers back into the game.

Corey Thompson and Johnson stretched the Vikings' lead but Castleford then hit back and tries from Greg Minikin, Eden (2) and Matt Cook saw them take the points. 

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “The one thing that will go in his (Greg Eden for England) favour is the fact that Wayne Bennett knows him really well.

“I know from speaking to Wayne that he really rates him and it’s difficult to see anyone being any better than Greg at the moment.

“He’s been a great addition for us and the way he caught the ball from Luke Gale’s kick for his second try was an incredible piece of skill.

“He gets plenty of opportunities on that left edge but he finds his way to the line and has been fantastic for us – he’s strong, quick and his kick-returns are pretty exceptional.

“It was a tough game and I thought Widnes were fantastic and played really well.

“We were a bit off and couldn’t find our rhythm – some of that was because of last week’s game against Leeds and some of it was because of how Widnes played – so we had to dig our way out of it.

“In the last 10 minutes, we got our noses in front and finished the game off. Ultimately it’s about winning and that was absolutely crucial. We will make a few changes on Monday.”

Widnes boss Denis Betts said: “I asked for certain things and was really proud of the effort because we worked really hard.

“There are not a lot of sides who have come here and not had fifty points put on them.

“What we lacked was a bit of game-management at key points in the game and our attack is really disjointed because we are having to chop and change.”

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 78: TRY! scored for Castleford by Matt Cook
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 74: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 58: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 54: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Ed Chamberlain
  • 48: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Johnson
  • 46: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 40: TRY! scored for Castleford by Gadwin Springer
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Ed Chamberlain
  • 27: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Johnson
  • 20: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Ed Chamberlain
  • 19: TRY! scored for Widnes by Ryan Ince
  • 11: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • Key Performers

    Greg Eden

    Tries 3
    5 5
    Clean Breaks 4

    Charly Runciman

    Offloads 5
    6 6

    Lloyd White

    Clean Breaks 3
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 12
    Widnes Vikings 8

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 8
    Widnes Vikings 6

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1220
    Widnes Vikings 1074

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 173
    Widnes Vikings 169

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 310
    Widnes Vikings 324

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 14
    Widnes Vikings 10

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 3
    Widnes Vikings 6

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 7
    Widnes Vikings 7

    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 1 0 2 3 0 16 126 7.88 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Gadwin Springer 1 0 10 2 0 4 0 8 58 7.25 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 1 0 29 3 2 1 0 15 123 8.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 1 0 11 2 2 2 0 14 108 7.71 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Tom Holmes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 29 4 7 1 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 19 8 0 0 0 9 75 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 27 2 0 2 0 13 94 7.23 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 33 3 1 2 0 14 73 5.21 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 40 13 2 3 0 16 106 6.63 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Paul McShane 0 1 28 6 4 0 1 4 22 5.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 32 10 0 0 0 12 81 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 1 13 0 1 0 8 4 11 2.75 0 0 2 0 4 2 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 1 16 1 4 4 3 14 104 7.43 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 9 1 1 0 0 10 41 4.10 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Monaghan 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 6 53 8.83 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 2 10 2 1 7 0 11 89 8.09 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Ince 1 0 3 0 2 3 0 8 54 6.75 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Johnson 1 0 5 0 1 6 0 12 53 4.42 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Corey Thompson 1 0 4 0 1 5 0 12 86 7.17 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Johnstone 1 0 20 4 6 1 1 7 56 8.00 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 1 13 1 1 3 0 13 59 4.54 0 1 3 0 0 0 5 1
    Edward Chamberlain 0 2 11 1 1 1 0 11 73 6.64 1 2 1 0 3 1 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 20 4 4 1 6 4 10 2.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Burke 0 0 25 5 2 0 0 6 32 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 31 6 1 2 6 10 82 8.20 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 27 1 1 0 0 9 51 5.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Olbison 0 0 25 3 0 2 0 10 68 6.80 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Walker 0 0 17 4 3 0 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 31 8 2 0 0 14 63 4.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Hep Cahill 0 0 33 4 2 3 0 17 120 7.06 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 20 8 2 0 0 13 122 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Ted Chapelhow 0 0 20 6 0 0 0 11 73 6.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Walker 0 0 19 3 1 1 0 4 26 6.50 0 3 1 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