Super League  Sunday 11th August 2013  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,155

Squad

Ah Van, K. Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Gilmore, Gore, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Winterstein.

Squad

Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Ellis, Chase, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Thompson, Massey, Tansey, Fleming, Clare, Martin, Boyle, Channing.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Frankie Winterstein

Gareth Hock

Frankie Winterstein

Rhys Hanbury

Gareth Hock

Gareth Hock

Joe Mellor

Gareth Hock

GOAL SCORERS:

Jack Owens

Stefan Marsh

Stefan Marsh

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Michael Channing

Weller Hauraki

Adam Milner

Jamie Ellis

Nathan Massey

Justin Carney

Ryan Boyle

Justin Carney

GOAL SCORERS:

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Gareth Hock grabbed four touchdowns for Widnes but was on the losing side as the Vikings tossed away victory by conceding three late tries to Castleford Tigers.

The Vikings were behind 24-8 before fighting back to lead 34-24 until 12 minutes from time.

Then Cas stunned Widnes with Adam Milner, Weller Hauraki and Michael Channing crossing for tries converted by Kirk Dixon.

The win moves Cas level on points with Widnes after a 16-try thriller.

Widnes were thrashed 72-10 in their last match at Hull FC but boss Denis Betts refused to make wholesale changes.

Willie Isa returned on the wing against his old club for Jack Owens, who moved to the bench with Frank Winterstein back for Adam Lawton and Dave Allen also dropping out.

Cas winger James Clare was still missing alongside Keith Mason with a nasal infection.

Rangi Chase was in commanding form and his teasing kick led to Justin Carney's opening try after eight minutes, but too far out for Dixon to convert against a strong wind.

A surging break from skipper Kevin Brown lifted Widnes, with Jon Clarke's short pass from dummy-half sending Hock over but Patrick Ah Van missed the straightforward conversion.

But Cas regained the lead after 17 minutes with Chase feeding Milner for Ryan Boyle to crash over, with Dixon's goal making it 10-4.

Hock was involved in a couple of skirmishes before the Vikings fell further behind, with Chase again the instigator for Michael Shenton's looping pass to send Carney over in the corner.

It got even worse for Widnes after 27 minutes when Isa failed to collect Chase's kick and substitute Nathan Massey accepted the gift to stroll over, with Dixon's conversion stretching the lead to 20-4.

The Vikings did manage to cut the gap with Joe Mellor picking up a loose ball to dart 70 metres and cross for his 11th try of the season, but Ah Van again missed the easy goal attempt.

Cas were in a hungry mood with Jamie Ellis scampering over to extend the lead to 24-8 before the Vikings fought back.

Hock showed his class for Widnes after being put through a gap by brother-in-law Brown and then taking a return pass from Rhys Hanbury to notch his second try. Stefan Marsh took over the goal-kicking and was on target to make it 24-14.

There was no stopping Hock, who took Hep Cahill's pass to complete his hat-trick and cut the arrears to 24-18 at the break.

Daryl Clark limped off for Cas early in the second half before a high tackle by Craig Huby put the Tigers under pressure and it proved costly, with Clarke sending Hanbury over and Marsh's conversion levelling the scores at 24-24.

The Vikings went in front for the first time with a Winterstein try and Owens adding the extras. Widnes had their tails up and Hock notched his fourth try from another Clarke pass on the hour to make it 34-24.

Chase and Brown were involved in a flare-up 15 minutes from time that saw referee Richard Silverwood correctly sin-bin both players.

Milner scrambled over for the Tigers' sixth try after 68 minutes, with Dixon's conversion cutting the gap to 34-30.

A Mellor kick rebounded off a team-mate for Hauraki to pounce and dart over to level the scores before more accurate kicking from Dixon edged the visitors in front. Cas wrapped up a dramatic victory with Channing taking Richard Owen's pass to cross, with Dixon again on target for the extras.

Winterstein notched his second try for Widnes in the last minute but it was too late.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 78m
    interchange_on

    Grant Gore

    Widnes

  • 78m
    interchange_off

    Willie Isa

    Widnes

  • 75m
    try

    Michael Channing

    Castleford

  • 75m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 72m
    try

    Weller Hauraki

    Castleford

  • 72m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 71m
    interchange_off

    Daniel Fleming

    Castleford

  • 71m
    interchange_on

    Charlie Martin

    Castleford

  • 70m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 70m
    try

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 61m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 59m
    try

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 59m
    goal

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 49m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 49m
    goal

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 45m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 45m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 38m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 35m
    goal

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 35m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Jack Owens

    Widnes

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Daniel Fleming

    Castleford

  • 32m
    try

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 28m
    try

    Joe Mellor

    Widnes

  • 25m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 25m
    try

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Boyle

    Castleford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 21m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 17m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 17m
    try

    Ryan Boyle

    Castleford

  • 13m
    try

    Gareth Hock

    Widnes

  • 9m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford