Tigers Rally Late To Deny Vikings

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27th May 2017

Despite their best efforts, a young Widnes Vikings side couldn’t hold out to pull off a heroic win over the Super League leaders, as a late flurry from Castleford Tigers sealed a 32-22 victory for the hosts. 

The Vikings led by 12 points with 26 minutes left of the contest, and they kept hold of the lead until five minutes from time when hat-trick hero Greg Eden struck to break the away supporters hearts. They delivered a performance to be proud of, against a virtually full strength Tigers team.  

Straight from the off the visitors were forced to repel wave after wave of attack, as they stood their ground before Eden crossed for the opening score 11 minutes in.

The Tigers wide man benefitted from Zak Hardaker’s pass to touch down in the left corner, however Luke Gale couldn’t add the extras to the four pointer.

Eight minutes later Widnes were ahead, as young winger Ryan Ince showed brilliant composure to dive over from Lloyd White’s cut-out ball. Ed Chamberlain converted to make it 6-4 to his side.

On-loan fullback, Jack Johnson, was over on 27 minutes as he bamboozled the defenders in orange and lack to step through the line and score under the sticks, with Chamberlain again improving the effort.

Cas threw everything at their opponents and finally found a way through with the last play of the first 40, as the rampaging Gadwin Springer proved too strong from close range before slamming the ball down on the line. Gale had an easy conversion and made no mistake with the boot, however Denis Betts’ men went into the break 12-10 ahead.

The second-half started perfectly for the away side as they regathered a short kick off, and when White’s clever kick forced McShane in-goal via the post protector 

Widnes came up with the try of the game. An incredible pass out the back from Charly Runciman evaded the Tigers’ right-edge defence and gave Corey Thompson enough room to dive over in the corner, making it 16-10.

It took just three minutes for the Vikings to cross again, as Thompson set White free with a clever offload. From the next play, White’s flat ball sent Chamberlain racing through the defensive line before Jordan Johnstone crossed in support. Chamberlain’s conversion opened up a 12 point advantage as the hosts looked shell shocked.

On 54 minutes the momentum swung the way of Castleford as a fluid passing move ended in Greg Minikin forcing his way over, and five minutes later the deficit was cut to two as Gale kicked in-behind the defence for Eden to collect his second of the evening.

Eden completed his hat-trick with five minutes left on the clock when he raced over straight from a scrum. After the Vikings knocked-on in good field position, Matt Cook sealed the win for his side with a last minute try against a tiring defence. 

The Vikings players left the field to applause from both their away supporters and the Castleford Tigers fans, having given the League leaders one of their most fiercely contested competitive home fixtures of this campaign. With a strong attacking display and some fine defensive action, they will surely be going into the Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Leeds Rhinos feeling full of confidence.

Ticket information for the Vikings fixture against Leeds Rhinos can be found here.

Castleford Tigers: 1. Zak Hardaker, 21. Joel Monaghan, 2. Greg Minikin, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 16. Ben Roberts, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 15. JeseSene-Lefao, 12. Mike McMeeken, 14. Nathan Massey. Subs: 13. Adam Milner, 18. Matt Cook, 19. Gadwin Springer, 23. Tom Holmes

Tries: Eden (11, 59, 75), Springer (40), Minikin (54), Cook (79)

Goals: Gale 5/6 

Widnes Vikings: 21. Jack Johnson, 28. Ryan Ince, 27. Ed Chamberlain, 4. Charly Runciman, 2. Corey Thompson, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 18. Greg Burke, 9. Lloyd White, 16. Alex Gerrard, 29. Brad Walker, 25. Tom Olbison, 23. Ted Chapelhow. Subs: 22. Ed Chapelhow, 13. Hep Cahill, 35. Danny Walker, 20. Manase Manuokafoa

Tries:Ince (19), Johnson (27), Thompson (46), Johnstone (49)

Goals: Chamberlain 3/4

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