Super League  Sunday 31st August 2014  The Mend-A-Hose Jungle  Att: 7,428

Squad

Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Channing, Clare, Finn, Jewitt, Carvell.

Squad

Blythe, Pitts, Olbison, Fakir, Gale, Williams, Donaldson, O'Brien, George, Henry, Baldwinson, Arundel, Ferguson, Conroy, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Manuokafoa, Kearney.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Daryl Clark

Michael Shenton

Luke Dorn

James Clare

Andy Lynch

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Lee Gaskell

Lee Gaskell

Lee Gaskell

GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Gale

Luke Gale

Luke Gale

Full Report

Match Official: G Stokes

Castleford Tigers shrugged off fears of a Wembley hangover as they beat a resurgent Bradford Bulls 32-18 despite the best efforts of Lee Gaskell to move up to second in First Utility Super League.

The Tigers were left heartbroken by neighbours Leeds Rhinos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final last weekend but remain on course for a first Grand Final appearance after a solid victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Andy Lynch got the scoring under way in the fifth minute with a try against his former club, who went into the contest on the back of three straight wins, and that was followed by efforts from James Clare, Luke Dorn and Michael Shenton.

Gaskell scored Bradford’s sole try in the first half and he went over twice more at the start of the second period to make it a hat-trick.

Daryl Clark eased Castleford’s nerves with a stunning solo try which Marc Sneyd converted before the stand-off slotted over a penalty to make it a perfect afternoon with the boot.

Lynch gave the Tigers the perfect start when he crashed on to a pass from dummy-half Clark and benefited from some weak defence to touch down.

Castleford were celebrating again on 14 minutes after good play by Sneyd and Dorn created the space for Clare to score in the corner in acrobatic fashion.

Sneyd converted from the touchline to make it 12-0, a deficit Bradford thought they had eaten into midway through the first period, only for Dale Ferguson’s try to be ruled out for obstruction.

Castleford were awarded a penalty at the other end for a high shot on Dorn and went close themselves when Clark was held up over the line.

The Tigers did not have to wait too much longer for their third try, Dorn taking a good offload from Shenton and showing a good turn of pace to score.

Already-relegated Bradford registered their first points of the match seven minutes from the break when Gaskell took a pass from Luke Gale, playing against his future employers, and stepped his way to the line.

But the visitors suffered a blow on the stroke of half-time as Shenton cut back inside untouched for a four-pointer, which Sneyd turned into six with his fourth successful kick.

Gaskell went over for an almost identical try to his first-half effort two minutes after the break and quickly completed his hat-trick after Gale put him through a hole 40 metres out and he rounded Dorn to score under the posts.

The Tigers had to do plenty of defending as Bradford strived to pull level, which they would have done but for Jamal Fakir’s fumble just yards from the posts.

The Frenchman’s mistake proved costly as Clark showed the Castleford fans what they will miss when he leaves at the end of the season with a brilliant 80-metre try after taking a quick penalty tap.

The victory was sealed when Sneyd put over a straightforward penalty two minutes from time.

Match Action

  • 79m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 64m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 64m
    try

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 56m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 56m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 54m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 54m
    try

    Lee Gaskell

    Bradford

  • 43m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 43m
    try

    Lee Gaskell

    Bradford

  • 40m
    try

    Michael Shenton

    Castleford

  • 40m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 34m
    goal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 34m
    try

    Lee Gaskell

    Bradford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Andy Lynch

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 30m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 30m
    try

    Luke Dorn

    Castleford

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Scott Wheeldon

    Castleford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Lee Jewitt

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Mariano

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Andy Lynch

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 14m
    try

    James Clare

    Castleford

  • 14m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 5m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 5m
    try

    Andy Lynch

    Castleford