In a nutshell
Castleford Tigers convincingly brushed aside Catalan Dragons to maintain their perfect record in 2014 and go to the top of Super League.
The story of the game
Justin Carney crosses first in 8th minute after gathering a high Sneyd kick that floated in the wind; Dixon misses conversion; Cas apply pressure and nearly score but Holmes knocks on; Tigers then force GLDO just minutes later before a Hauraki offload sends Dixon over; Morgan Escare hits back six minutes later with a Scott Dureau kick making it 8-6; Pelissier swings at Wheeldon, both players shown yellow; Dureau misses resulting penalty attempt; Castleford score five minutes later thanks to another GLDO, it’s Carney again and Dixon misses another kick so it’s 12-6 at the break.
The Tigers strike quickly with Jordan Tansey going over on 44 minutes thanks to a Shenton pass, Sneyd takes over kicking duties and slots conversion; Cas close to extending lead but Clark can’t quite latch onto a Finn grubber; Sneyd fires over a penalty to put Cas three scores ahead; Daryl Clark hammers nail into Catalan coffin with superb individual effort that Sneyd converts; very little happens for 10 minutes then Justin Carney crosses for his hat-trick, with Sneyd slotting the conversion from the touch line to make it 32-6; Cas looking superb while Catalan could be in danger of the drop.
Jordan Tansey, Kirk Dixon, Michael Channing, Michael Shenton, Justin Carney, Marc Sneyd, Liam Finn, Andy Lynch, Daryl Clark, Craig Huby, Oliver Holmes, Weller Hauraki, Grant Millington. Subs: Adam Milner, Frankie Mariano, Scott Wheeldon, Dan Fleming.
Ian Henderson, Gregory Mounis, Brent Webb, Elliott Whitehead, Zeb Taia, Julien Bosquet, Scott Dureau, Morgan Escare, Michael Oldfield, Damien Cardace, Ben Pomeroy, Leon Pryce, Jeff Lima. Subs: Jason Baitieri, Elio Pelissier, Antoni Maria, Lopini Paea.
Facts and stats
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