RLFANS.COM
Celebrating
23 years service to
the Rugby League
Community!

Castleford's Mend-A-Hose Jungle played host to a clash between two widely different teams: a home club still struggling to find any consistent form in its 'new era' – despite getting two of their three wins this season over the Easter weekend - and the visiting champions St Helens, who have lost just one game in defence of their title so far and that a surprise loss to basement club Toulouse Olympique.

Following that busy schedule, Saints coach Kristian Wolf names an unfamiliar line-up after the strains of the Easter schedule, with seven young players moving up from the reserves where they regularly play together.

The Tigers' Lee Radford resisted the temptation to make whole-sale changes, but injury meant James Clare started at full-back while youngster Jason Qareqare had his first start of the year on the left wing.

The line-ups highlighted an issue raised by many commentators over the pressure of playing two rounds of Super League in the space of four days - and before kick-off Super League announced that there is no intention of doubling up next Easter.

Qareqare started the game on fire, almost dublicating his debut try against Hull last June when he received a pass on his own 30m and ran along the touchline, beating defenders seemingly for fun to score in the first minute for the second time in his career.

Gareth O'Brien missed the touchline conversion attempt, but 43 seconds into the game, the Tigers led 4-0.

But the Saints youngsters brushed themselves off and a superb piece of defence stopped Derrel Olpherts doubling the score in the other corner with four minutes gone.

Eight minutes into the game, Saints were presented with their first attacking chance when Clare - playing fullback because Greg Eden failed a late fitness test - spilled a high kick. The young Saints skillfully moved the ball across the line but Shay Martyn - son of former Red V favourite Tommy – couldn't beat the touchline and the attack came to nothing.

But the youngsters refused to to be downbeaten and while they couldn't break through the Castleford defence themselves, despite chances, the held the scoreline where it was for the rest of the opening quarter with some outstanding defensive play, including a full set of tackles against some of the Castleford big men on their own tryline.

The kids were doing alright.

The pressure was always going to tell at some time, though. On 25 minutes, they gave away a penalty for offside in front of their own tryline. The team in black and amber took advantage of a compressed defence to move the ball into space on the right where Olpherts ran clear to score in the corner before the defenders could run across and cover. 

Again, the conversion from the edge was missed and the score stood at 8-0.

Saints pressed the Castleford line again as the half moved into its final 10 minutes, but on 35 Jake Mamo showe good footwork to beat Saints defenders in his own half and ran clear to the Saints 10m before passing inside to Jake Trueman who proceeded to ground the ball.

Paul McShane took over the kicking duties after O'Brien's misses and scored from an easier position from nearer the goal for a 14-0 lead.

A promising move on the opposite side looked like it would produce a second try from Qareqare - but a superb cover tackle from St Helens half-back Ben Davies bundled him into touch.

When the whistle came to end the half in the next set, Cas remained in the driving seat at 14-0, though St Helens were once more on the attack and had clearly shown the strengths of the St Helens youth system and the wisdom of Lee Radford's warning to his players not to take this visiting team lightly.

When the game resumed, Qareqare got another chance to score after a pass out to the wing from Trueman - but once more the Saints defence tackled him into touch.

10 minutes into the half though, Cas worked their way round the resolute Saints defence with a sweeping passing movement to the right that saw Olpherts receive the ball on the wing and cross for his second try.

This time, McShane was as unsuccessful as O'Brien with the kick. But the hosts led 18-0.

Quarter of an hour in and the visitors were pressing the line again. First the non-so-young Kyle Amor powered across the line under the sticks, only to be held up, then the ball was passed to the right and winger Jumah Sambour crossed in the corner with the Cas left-edge defence at sixes and sevens.

Now it was Saints - in the shape of Martin - who proved unsuccessful with a touch-line kick.

But the visiting youngsters had their reward for 60 minutes of impressive play in their first points and now trailed 18-4.

Almost immediately, the normally reliable Adam Milner fumbled the ball at dummy half for Cas giving Saints another attacking chance. Second rower James Bell spotted McShane on the trylie and ran at him to score. Martyn converted and at 18-10, Castleford's lead was not looking so comfortable.

But then St Helens made a mistake to gift posession to their hosts within their own 10m. McShane attacked their line, but offloaded to Joe Westerman who powered over to settle the Tigers' nerves with a try, duly converted by McShane to open the lead out to 24-10.

Mahe Fonua was the next to score, with a teasing run infield followed by a charge through defenders to take the score to 28-10. McShane's conversion moved it on to 30-10.

Martyn almost scored the final try of the game in a frantic finish as Saints pressed the Cas line once more, only for Mamo to tackle him into touch. And then the whistle blew.

The Tigers have now won four on the trot and - which looked unlikely when the season started. Saints lost, but are still top of the table and most importantly showed that their future is in safe hands with a youth system producing players who will not be fazed by any opponents.

Full Time: 30-10.

Half Time: 14-0

Score Progression: 4-0, 8-0, 12-0, 14-0 HT. 18-0, 18-4, 18-8, 18-10, 22-10, 24-10, 28-10, 30-10. FT.

Castleford Tigers: Clare; Qareqare (T), Fonua (T), Mamo, Olpherts (2T); Trueman (T), O'Brien; Griffin, McShane (3G), Watts, Lawler, Edwards, Westerman (T). Subs: Milner, Massey, Smith, Martin.

St Helens: Bennison; Sambour (T), Simm, Hill, Martyn (G); Davies ,Moss; Amor, Lussick, Norman, Royle, Bell (T), Wingfield. Subs: Baxter, Pemberton, Delaney, Buckley.

Referee: Jack Smith.

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford.




facebook sharing button
twitter sharing button
pinterest sharing button
email sharing button
sharethis sharing button


Posted by tb on Fri 22nd Apr 2022 7:10 PM | Views : 19311 | Replies : 6 | BACK TO STORIES
RLFANS Recent Posts
FORUM
LAST
POST
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
8m
Squad news v Catalans
Khlav Kalash
36
9m
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
13m
RD 22 Salford Red Devils H
christopher
62
17m
TV games not Wire
Kevin Turvey
349
22m
BORED The Band Name Game
Boss Hog
28389
24m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Boss Hog
12150
25m
Shopping List 2023
mwindass
1599
45m
Newcastle
BigTime
2
52m
Workington H
bringbackjim
49
FORUM
LAST
VIEW
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
22s
Game - Song Titles 20212
Boss Hog
12150
22s
Workington H
bringbackjim
49
34s
Stadium redevelopment v143
Pumpetypump
5
42s
Newcastle
BigTime
2
45s
RD 22 Salford Red Devils H
christopher
62
55s
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
57s
Hull
Fartown58
12
1m
Lewis Murphy
Pat Bateman
116
1m
All Things New Stadium
snowie
576
1m
IN 2023 Derrell Olpherts - Expires 2025
Exeter Rhino
33
FORUM
NEW
TOPICS
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
TODAY
Newcastle
BigTime
2
TODAY
Bad news from Sharlston
vastman
1
TODAY
The North Stand Ginnel
snowie
12
TODAY
Billy B
Jason65
1
TODAY
TODAYS MATCHES Sunday 7th of August 2022
Kevin Turvey
3
TODAY
Stadium redevelopment v143
Pumpetypump
5
TODAY
On to Saints
mwindass
6
TODAY
The tone of this board/AUP breaches
Uncle Rico
3
TODAY
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
TODAY
Injuries
CHRISS
5
Random Topics selected.
RLFANS Match Centre

TABLES:
Matches on TV
Sun 7th Aug
SL
LIVE

13:00
St.Helens20-12Castleford
Thu 11th Aug
SL RND: 23
20:00
Warrington-Toulouse
Fri 12th Aug
SL RND: 23
20:00
Hull KR-Leeds
Sat 13th Aug
SL RND: 23
13:00
Salford-Huddersfield
Mon 15th Aug
CH RND: 23
19:45
York-Bradford
Thu 18th Aug
SL RND: 24
20:00
Huddersfield-Castleford
Fri 19th Aug
SLRND: 24
20:00
Hull FC-Wakefield
Sat 15th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
England-SAM
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Australia-Fiji
Sun 16th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
17:00
JAM-IRE
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
NZ-Lebanon
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
SCO-IRE
Mon 17th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
France-Greece
Tue 18th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Tonga-PNG
Wed 19th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
WAL-Cook I
Fri 21st Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
Australia-SCO
Sat 22nd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Fiji-ITA
WC2022 RND: 2
17:00
England-France
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
NZ-JAM
Sun 23rd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Lebanon-IRE
Sun 7th Aug
SL RND: 22 St.Helens20-12Castleford
SL RND: 22 Leeds18-8Salford
SLRND: 22 Wakefield4-16Catalans
CH RND: 22 Bradford6-8Workington
CH RND: 22 Dewsbury6-6York
CH RND: 22 Leigh18-8Barrow
CH RND: 22 Newcastle0-12LondonB
CH RND: 22 Sheffield20-12Whitehaven
CH RND: 22 Widnes12-6Featherstone
L1 RND: 18 Cornwall6-24Crusaders
L1 RND: 18 Doncaster6-14Rochdale
L1 RND: 18 Swinton20-14Keighley
NRL RND: 21 Canterbury14-28NQL Cowboys
NRL RND: 21 Wests10-14Newcastle
Sat 6th Aug
L1 RND: 18 LondonS68-18West Wales
NRL RND: 21 Souths48-10NZ Warriors
NRL RND: 21 Canberra6-26Penrith
NRL RND: 21 Cronulla24-18St.George
Fri 5th Aug
SL RND: 22 Huddersfield22-16Hull FC
SL RND: 22 Wigan32-6Warrington
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 22
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Leigh 22 948 176 772 42
Featherstone 22 820 376 444 35
Batley 21 620 361 259 32
Halifax 21 635 340 295 30
Barrow 22 557 449 108 29
York 22 523 430 93 29
 
Widnes 22 488 539 -51 22
Sheffield 22 555 522 33 20
Bradford 22 415 534 -119 18
Newcastle 22 497 617 -120 15
LondonB 22 402 580 -178 13
Whitehaven 22 342 750 -408 11
Dewsbury 22 281 760 -479 6
Workington 22 222 871 -649 4
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 18
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Keighley 15 651 116 535 28
Crusaders 17 628 302 326 28
Swinton 16 603 245 358 26
Rochdale 16 582 383 199 24
Doncaster 16 522 320 202 22
Hunslet 16 445 364 81 17
 
LondonS 16 356 579 -223 10
Oldham 15 402 419 -17 9
Midlands 15 380 535 -155 8
Cornwall 17 242 704 -462 2
West Wales 17 144 988 -844 2
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 22
 PLDFADIFFPTS
St.Helens 22 512 276 236 36
Wigan 22 648 395 253 32
Huddersfield 22 493 386 107 29
Catalans 22 453 357 96 28
Castleford 22 479 494 -15 22
Leeds 22 459 430 29 21
 
Salford 22 523 496 27 20
Hull FC 22 424 513 -89 20
Hull KR 22 386 492 -106 20
Warrington 22 432 551 -119 14
Wakefield 22 363 574 -211 12
Toulouse 22 355 563 -208 10
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2022 ROUND : 21
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Penrith 20 556 303 253 34
NQL Cowboys 20 519 297 222 30
Melbourne 20 614 358 256 28
Cronulla 20 443 330 113 28
Parramatta 20 491 437 54 26
Souths 20 520 412 108 24
Brisbane 20 456 405 51 24
Sydney 20 489 378 111 22
 
Canberra 20 368 401 -33 20
Manly 20 434 442 -8 18
St.George 20 353 487 -134 18
Canterbury 20 338 455 -117 12
Newcastle 20 298 532 -234 12
NZ Warriors 20 324 561 -237 10
Wests 20 302 491 -189 8
Gold Coast 20 322 538 -216 6
RLFANS Recent Posts
FORUM
LAST
POST
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
8m
Squad news v Catalans
Khlav Kalash
36
9m
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
13m
RD 22 Salford Red Devils H
christopher
62
17m
TV games not Wire
Kevin Turvey
349
22m
BORED The Band Name Game
Boss Hog
28389
24m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Boss Hog
12150
25m
Shopping List 2023
mwindass
1599
45m
Newcastle
BigTime
2
52m
Workington H
bringbackjim
49
FORUM
LAST
VIEW
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
22s
Game - Song Titles 20212
Boss Hog
12150
22s
Workington H
bringbackjim
49
34s
Stadium redevelopment v143
Pumpetypump
5
42s
Newcastle
BigTime
2
45s
RD 22 Salford Red Devils H
christopher
62
55s
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
57s
Hull
Fartown58
12
1m
Lewis Murphy
Pat Bateman
116
1m
All Things New Stadium
snowie
576
1m
IN 2023 Derrell Olpherts - Expires 2025
Exeter Rhino
33
FORUM
NEW
TOPICS
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
TODAY
Newcastle
BigTime
2
TODAY
Bad news from Sharlston
vastman
1
TODAY
The North Stand Ginnel
snowie
12
TODAY
Billy B
Jason65
1
TODAY
TODAYS MATCHES Sunday 7th of August 2022
Kevin Turvey
3
TODAY
Stadium redevelopment v143
Pumpetypump
5
TODAY
On to Saints
mwindass
6
TODAY
The tone of this board/AUP breaches
Uncle Rico
3
TODAY
Ellis Longstaff
Moe syslak
23
TODAY
Injuries
CHRISS
5
Random Topics selected.


Visit the RLFANS.COM SHOP
for more merchandise!