Castleford Nil Woeful Dragons

The Castleford Tigers have notched up a big scoreline over the Catalans Dragons, putting yet more pressure on the Dragons coach Steve McNamara as Catalans now fall to the bottom of the Super League table.

Catalans wouldn't make the most convincing start to their opening few sets, Baitieri and Jullien both knocking on within the first 5 minutes to heap the pressure on the Dragons defensively and set the tone for today's game.

Luke Gale's kicks were causing real problems defensively at the back, Mead forced to knock a grubber dead before Gale would put a high kick skyward and Jake Trueman would come racing onto the ball and get their before Lewis Tierney, Trueman then offloading for McShane to open the scoring after just 15 minutes, Gale converting to make it 6-0.

A Luke Gale kick would set up the second of Catsleford's tries just 4 minutes later, Shenton getting up above Thornley to collect the attacking kick to see the Tigers extend their lead, Gale converting with no problems to make it 12-0.

Millington would bust the line after running over the top of Michael Simon, nobody there in support and would instead take the tackle, Gale's kick would force Jodie Broughton to turn the ball behind and concede the drop out. Gale would get his third try assist from 3 kicks, Holmes racing through to pounce on the grubber, Gale going 3 for 3 to make it 18-0 after 25 minutes.

Catalans after a few defensive sets would finally get some rest bite from the wave of relentless Tigers attacks, Garcia then knocking on in just the second play of the set to hand possession back to the Tigers.

Shenton would nearly have his second try of the game, McShane's grubber bouncing kindly but the Castleford captain unable to gather the ball in and Catalans then handed possession from the knock on.

Catalans would get a repeat set after Gigot's grubber was ran dead by Tigers winger Greg Minikin under pressure from Yaha, the Tigers line holding firm and then the pressure eased after David Mead put a high shot on Minikin as he collected the bouncing ball.
Luke Gale would take the 1 pointer before the halftime siren to send Castleford into the sheds 19-0 up.

Castleford were very unlucky not to open the scoring sooner in the second half, James Clare going through and offloading, the only man he could was the referee as the ball bounced off him and into the hands of a Catalans man.

Gigot would then go close down the other end of the field, the Catalans fullback getting an arm free close to the line but then losing the ball in an attempt at grounding it, Castleford's clean sheet surviving.

Paul McShane would then just seconds late grab his second of the game, a smart run around play would set him loose to score the opening try of the second half, Gale keeping his perfect record in tact and Castleford now holding a 25-0 lead.

Castleford would go back to back, James Clare on the end of a well executed line move as Castleford were starting to smell blood and sensed they could and would put big points on the French side, Gale adding the extras yet again to make it 31-0.

Jake Trueman would come up with an uncharacteristic mistake as he attempted to stop a dropping kick with his foot, Catalans recovering but once more spilling the ball over the line, Jullien this time the culprit and Castleford survive once more.

Joe Wardle had only been back out on the pitch for 30 seconds when he scored his first Castleford try, Cook with the initial break before linking up with Ben Roberts who slid in a grubber for Wardle to grab his first ever Tigers try, Gale missing his first kick of the night to make it 35-0 with 15 minutes to play.

Oliver Holmes would finish off the try scoring with 12 minutes left to play, Clare collecting another Luke Gale high kick before offloading to Holmes to send Castleford out to a 41-0 lead after Gale converted the last kick.

Catalans would bomb one third and final try, Bousquet knocking on and as good as summarising a dire Catalans performance, final score 41-0.



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