Super League  Saturday 13th April 2013  Wish Communications Stadium  Att: 3,986

Squad

Owen, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Martin, Mason, Boyle.

Squad

Ah Van, K. Brown, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Gore, Hanbury, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Pickersgill, Winterstein, White.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Adam Milner

Jordan Thompson

Richard Owen

Richard Owen

James Clare

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

Cameron Phelps

Jon Clarke

Rhys Hanbury

Paddy Flynn

GOAL SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Hooker Adam Milner grabbed the match-winning try 13 minutes from time as Castleford Tigers halted their seven-match losing run with a narrow Super League victory over Widnes Vikings.

Richard Owen scored two tries and Jamie Ellis kicked four goals as the Tigers, who sacked head coach Ian Millward this week, climbed off the foot of the table by winning caretaker coach Danny Orr's first match in charge.

The result sent Widnes crashing down to earth after last week's 58-24 hammering of Salford City Reds.

The Vikings recovered from 12-0 down to lead 26-16 at the break but Castleford came out on top with Milner's vital touchdown that Ellis goaled.

Castleford switched Jordan Thompson to centre in place of the injured Lee Gilmour and recalled James Clare on the wing. They were still without suspended winger Justin Carney and injured centre Jake Webster.

Widnes were without Gareth Hock, Hep Cahill, Dave Allen and Shaun Briscoe from the previous week's win against Salford.

They were replaced by Patrick Ah Van, Macgraff Leuluai, Lloyd White and 19-year-old Super League debutant Adam Lawton.

Widnes second-rower Leuluai had an early effort ruled out by video referee Ian Smith because the ball went dead before he could ground it after Castleford failed to deal with a high kick.

The Tigers then missed an excellent chance when Rangi Chase burst clear and fed Weller Hauraki but his pass went to ground near the try line.

Castleford overcame the loss of injured captain Michael Shenton in the seventh minute to take the lead when Clare showed excellent finishing to burst through for a try.

They quickly doubled their advantage when Jordan Tansey's long pass sent in Owen at the corner and Ellis kicked his second conversion to put his side 12-0 up in as many minutes.

Widnes stormed back with four tries in a blistering 13-minute spell.

The scoring burst started in the 15th minute when Chris Dean's superb break set up a try for Paddy Flynn.

The Vikings then snatched the lead with three more quick tries.

Rhys Hanbury forced his way over from acting half before Alex Gerrard sent Jon Clarke bursting through to score.

Castleford's defence was split wide open again when Kevin Brown's pass put in Cameron Phelps and Ah Van added his third goal to put the visitors 22-12 ahead.

The Tigers replied in the 34th minute when Chase's clever pass made the opening for Owen's second score but the Vikings completed the first-half scoring four minutes later when Ah Van crossed from Hanbury's pass.

The Vikings did well to survive a Tigers onslaught in the closing minutes of the first half to retain a 10-point lead at half-time.

Clark was halted five yards from the try line in Castleford's strong start to the second half.

With Chase pulling the strings, the Tigers continued to press but they were foiled by a combination of their own poor finishing and Widnes' solid defence.

The Vikings were caught out by Chase's clever grubber kick but Tansey was unable to ground the bouncing ball when a try looked certain.

Castleford's pressure finally paid off when Chase's 40-20 from a 20-metre restart paved the way for Tansey's kick to set up a 58th-minute try for Thompson that Ellis converted from the touchline to cut the deficit to four points.

The Tigers, with Shenton back on the field, continued to make most of the running and it was no surprise when they regained the lead in the 67th minute when clever play by Chase and Tansey saw Milner dive over.

Little was seen of Widnes as an attacking threat in the second half until the last seven minutes.

After declining an opportunity to kick for two points, they went close three minutes from time when Hanbury lost the ball inches from the try line.

Ah Van had a chance to level the scores in the final minute but was off target with an angled 40-yard penalty kick.

Match Action

  • 68m
    try

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 68m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 62m
    interchange_on

    Adam Lawton

    Widnes

  • 62m
    interchange_off

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 59m
    try

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 59m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 38m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 34m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Castleford

  • 30m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 30m
    try

    Cameron Phelps

    Widnes

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Keith Mason

    Castleford

  • 26m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Steve Pickersgill

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 26m
    try

    Jon Clarke

    Widnes

  • 23m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 16m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 16m
    try

    Paddy Flynn

    Widnes

  • 13m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 13m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Castleford

  • 8m
    interchange_on

    Charlie Martin

    Castleford

  • 8m
    interchange_off

    Michael Shenton

    Castleford

  • 8m
    try

    James Clare

    Castleford

  • 8m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford