Eden Hat-trick Highlight As Cas Claim 3rd


Sixteen consecutive super league defeats looks like a pretty bad statistic for this Widnes Vikings team,and their position firmly at the foot of super league is not some fantasy error or sudden run of bad luck, it is a systematic failure to produce the type of form to maintain a super league position.

Today’s result therefore offered little hope for a bewildered set of Viking supporters.

For the Tigers Greg Eden’s treble secured them a third place finish in the super league table and they are now looking like a potential threat without ever being totally convincing.

The Tigers opened the scoring with a classical high speed passing movement which saw centre Michael Shenton hand a beautiful pass to the fast moving Greg Eden who sped in from 10 meters

Widnes replied on ten minutes when Liam Finn started A passing phase towards Patrick Ah Van and the Kiwi touched down in the corner and converted his own try .Finn was at the centre of everything when his clever grubber kick on 17 minutes out foxed the Tigers defence and Hansbury followed up to take the four .Inu converted and all of a sudden widnes were 12-4 up with all to play for.

In a remarkable 7 minute spell however the Tigers decimated the home team with a four try blitz of five star quality .

First Greg Eden took an interception and finished from 50 meters with nobody getting remotely near him followed by scores from Trueman, and Laulu togagae with a double .

These may be considered wonderful long range scores by a Tigers team who have started to play at real pace again, but the Vikings defence was at times none existent so judgement will therefore be reserved .

The home team were well served by new signings Harrison Hansen and Liam Finn and it was Hanson who took another Finn pass close to the Castleford line to take a well worked try .

The half time score at 28-18 seemed to flatter this Widnes team but the second half demonstrated that these two teams are some distance apart in terms of skill, game plan and sheer running ability .

First Oliver Holmes took a beautiful pass to sprint in from 45 meters and then Mitch Clarke took a high ball to take the four before Greg Eden took a speculative Finn pass close to his own line to race 80 meters for a fine individual effort . That was a treble to the lightning fast Greg Eden and this was an outstanding wingman’s display which at times appeared unstoppable

Consolation try for widnes came when Ah Van took another delightful Finn high ball but the Tigers finished the day off when Adam Milner justifying his England elite place ran through three of four widnes defenders to score near the posts.

Ellis had converted 8 times and this was a more than convincing Castleford victory which sets them up nicely for the super eights.

At 24-52 Widnes have at least found a classy playmaker in Liam Finn, but this defence will not hold up to close scrutiny in the middle eights and the alarm bells are ringing loudly for widnes fans .

Widnes Vikings Hanbury; Ah Van, Whitley, Inu, Ince; Mellor, Finn; J. Chapelhow, D. Walker, Olbison, Dean, Hansen, Hauraki.

Replacements: Craven, Leuluai, T. Chapelhow, Farnworth.

Castleford: Laulu-Togagae; Clare, Mata'utia, Shenton, Eden; Ellis, Trueman; Watts, McShane, Massey, Holmes, McMeeken, Milner.

Replacements: Moors, Sene-Lefao, Clark, Turner.

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