Super League  Sunday 18th August 2013  Wish Communications Stadium  Att: 6,633

Squad

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

Squad

Donaldson, Langley, Walker, Kearney, Gale, Kear, Scruton, O'Brien, Blythe, Platt, Lulia, Purtell, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Sammut, Evans.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jamie Ellis

Nathan Massey

Jordan Tansey

Rangi Chase

Adam Milner

Justin Carney

Adam Milner

Kirk Dixon

GOAL SCORERS:

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Danny Addy

Elliot Kear

Jarrod Sammut

Nick Scruton

Brett Kearney

Jarrod Sammut

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

A Rangi Chase masterclass ended Bradford Bulls' top-eight hopes and finalised the make-up of the Super League play-offs.

Castleford Tigers withstood a late onslaught by the visitors to secure a nailbiting victory that means both Hull FC and Hull KR will participate in the end-of-season play-offs, which the Bulls will miss out on for the fifth successive year.

Trailing 40-24, Bradford struck back with late tries from Elliot Kear and Danny Addy to cut the gap to just six points before Jamie Ellis' touchdown in the last move of the game finally settled the 14-try bonanza.

Jarrod Sammut scored two of the Bulls' six tries to help offset the absence of Luke Gale, who was a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury, but was overshadowed by another mercurial performance from Chase under the watchful gaze of England coach Steve McNamara.

The 2011 Man of Steel may only have two games left of his Castleford career, as he prepares for a move to Salford City Reds, but he looks determined to leave an indelible mark on the Tigers after scoring one try and playing a role in five others.

Bradford looked especially dangerous in the opening stages, with winger Jamie Foster bundled into touch just short of the line before Sammut took Manase Manuokafoa's offload to scoot over for the opening try, his 17th of the campaign which Foster goaled.

Sammut looked to have scored a second, only to have his effort ruled out for a forward pass, and Castleford stormed back with three tries in 10 minutes, with Chase inevitably at the heart of all of them.

Right winger Kirk Dixon collected the stand-off's kick over the Bradford defence to touch down before Chase combined with Grant Millington to get hooker Adam Milner over for the first of his two tries.

Dixon's conversion brought up the 1,000th point of his career and he was also on target after more magic from Chase deep inside his own half got his captain Michael Shenton into space and blockbusting winger Justin Carney produced a trademark finish to the 70-metre move for his 18th try of the season.

Bradford halted their opponents' momentum when full-back Brett Kearney took an offload from Addy as the Castleford defence hesitated to score their second try and, as they piled on the pressure, both hooker Adam O'Brien and centre Keith Lulia were held up over the line.

Milner scored his second try on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a break by the dangerous Clark, and Dixon's third goal made it 22-12.

As the game continued to flow from end to end, Bulls prop Nick Scruton kept his side well in contention by displaying some neat footwork to score his second try of the season and Foster kicked his third goal.

Chase then mesmerised the visitors' defence with a series of dummies before slicing through for a solo try and produced a delightful kick for full-back Jordan Tansey to touch down.

Dixon's fifth goal extended his side's lead to 34-18 but Sammut scored his second from the re-start to keep Bradford in touch.

Castleford were reduced to 12 men on 68 minutes when substitute Charlie Martin was sin-binned for unsportsmanlike conduct in preventing a quick 20-metre re-start but forward Nathan Massey extended his side's lead with a 70th-minute try.

The Bulls threatened to have the final say when Kear and Addy went over for tries in the last five minutes and Kearney went close to touching down Addy's pass.

But the Tigers clung on and enjoyed the final score when scrum-half Ellis finished the last move of the match.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 80m
    try

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 77m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 77m
    try

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 74m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 70m
    try

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 70m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 65m
    interchange_off

    Weller Hauraki

    Castleford

  • 65m
    interchange_on

    Charlie Martin

    Castleford

  • 59m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 59m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    Matty Blythe

    Bradford

  • 57m
    try

    Jordan Tansey

    Castleford

  • 57m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 51m
    try

    Rangi Chase

    Castleford

  • 51m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 43m
    try

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 43m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 40m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 40m
    try

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 38m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 38m
    interchange_on

    Daniel Fleming

    Castleford

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Ben Evans

    Bradford

  • 29m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 29m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 23m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 23m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 21m
    try

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 21m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 12m
    try

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 6m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 6m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford