Super League  Friday 11th July 2014  The Mend-A-Hose Jungle  Att: 5,310

Squad

Sneyd, Dixon, Webster, Shenton, Carney, Ellis, Finn, Lynch, Clark, Huby, Holmes, Mariano, Millington, Jewitt, Wheeldon, Milner, Massey, Gibson, Clare.

Squad

McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Johnson, Connor, Leeming, Miller.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Grant Millington

Frankie Mariano

Liam Finn

Kirk Dixon

Adam Milner

Liam Finn

Justin Carney

Oliver Holmes

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Eorl Crabtree

Chris Bailey

Joe Wardle

Leroy Cudjoe

Chris Bailey

GOAL SCORERS:

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Scrum-half Liam Finn marked his recall with a brace of tries as Castleford Tigers got the better of below-strength Huddersfield Giants in a 13-try feast.

Ireland's World Cup captain was dropped for the previous game at Widnes Vikings but proved a point on his return with a man-of-the-match performance as the Tigers strengthened their position in the top four of First Utility Super League with a 44-30 victory over last year's league leaders.

The Giants sorely missed reigning Man of Steel and captain Danny Brough, as well as full-back Scott Grix and utility forward David Faiumu, but teenagers Jake Connor and Kruise Leeming performed creditably in their absence.

Huddersfield could hardly have made a better start, with makeshift hooker Chris Bailey forcing his way over from dummy half for the first of his two tries after front rower Antonio Kaufusi was hauled down short of the line just four minutes into the game.

Leroy Cudjoe added the conversion but the Tigers struck back five minutes later with the first contribution from Marc Sneyd, who had an accomplished game at full-back.

He collected Luke Robinson's harmless kick deep inside his own half and scythed through the fragmented visitors' defence to get second rower Oliver Holmes over for a try.

Sneyd was wide with the conversion attempt and Huddersfield extended their lead on 12 minutes when Cudjoe picked off Finn's pass and sprinted 90 metres unopposed for his side's second try, which made it 12-4 with his second goal.

The Tigers gradually got on top, however, and dominated the second quarter with the aid of three goalline drop-outs.

Blockbusting winger Justin Carney grabbed a trademark try, proving unstoppable from 15 metres out after taking a pass from skipper Michael Shenton, who broke through the Giants defence for a second time only for right winger Kirk Dixon to spill the final pass with the tryline beckoning.

Just 17 seconds were left on the clock in the first half when Castleford took the lead for the first time as Huddersfield failed to deal with Finn's high kick on the last tackle and allowed the former Featherstone scrum-half to regather and touch down.

Sneyd's second goal gave his side a four-point interval lead and it took them just four minutes of the second half to build on it as replacement hooker Adam Milner burrowed his way over from dummy half.

The game was completely turned on its head three minutes later when Finn's pinpoint kick to the corner found Dixon with the space and time to touch down - and the Tigers made it three tries in 10 minutes when the immaculate Shenton broke clear to get Finn over for his second try.

Huddersfield had spent virtually the whole of the third quarter on defence but when they eventually got the ball in their hands they demonstrated their creativity by scoring two quickfire tries to give themselves hope.

Centre Joe Wardle took acting captain Brett Ferres' pass to produce a strong finish and Bailey went over in copybook fashion to his first score to claim the Giants' fourth try.

Cudjoe kicked his fourth conversion to cut the gap to eight points and Huddersfield thought they had scored again when full-back Connor carved out an opening for winger Jodie Broughton, who finished off the 90-metre break but had the try disallowed for putting a foot in touch.

Castleford second rower Frankie Mariano finally made sure of the win when he twisted out of Wardle's tackle to go over for a seventh try and, although Huddersfield scored again through prop Eorl Crabtree, Grant Millington had the final say for the home side three minutes from the end.

Match Action

  • 78m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 78m
    try

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 73m
    try

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 73m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 67m
    try

    Frankie Mariano

    Castleford

  • 67m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 60m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 60m
    try

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 57m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 57m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 53m
    try

    Liam Finn

    Castleford

  • 53m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 47m
    try

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 44m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 44m
    try

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 40m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 40m
    try

    Liam Finn

    Castleford

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Kruise Leeming

    Huddersfield

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Huddersfield

  • 25m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 25m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Lee Jewitt

    Castleford

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    Huddersfield

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 14m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 14m
    try

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 8m
    try

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 5m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 5m
    try

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield