Castleford Tigers register convincing win over Widnes

  • Sayan Das
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Castleford Tigers - First Utility Super League

Castleford Tigers continued their fine form in the Super League after a comfortable 34-0 victory over Widnes, extending their winning run to four games. 

Daryl Powell's team were hot favourites to perform well during 2017 and they have justified those expectations by winning all four of their opening games of the season. 

Following some early pressure from Widnes, the Tigers finally broke loose during game four with tries from Greg Minikin, Michael Shenton and Greg Eden to soar to a 22-0 lead at the break. 

They picked up where they had left off in the second half with Matt Cook and Eden finishing off some convincing play, with Luke Gale reaching a landmark of 1,500 points with his five goals. 

Leigh, Warrington and Leeds had already had a taste of the Tigers' slick attacking play and Widnes were the recipient of similar treatment during the fourth game. 

Eden and Milikin both moved to eight tries in four games, continuing their neck-and-neck battle while Shelton marked the 100th try of his career during the game. 

Denis Betts' side became the first team since 2009 to have been stopped from registering any points during a game by the West Yorkshire side with Harlequins being the last team to suffer the same fate. 

The Widnes head coach was not impressed by the response of his team after half-time having been outplayed in the first period and has expressed the need to add creativity into the team's play. 

Betts stated: "I'm not making idle threats to players but I have to look at what and where I can change things. I've got Jordan Johnstone and Ted Chapelhow to maybe look at and just see where I can change some things around.

"We're lacking some creative spark in the halves. I'm disappointed with the lack of response at half-time. The last 15-20 minutes they didn't create lots but scored when they got the chances.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Castleford Tigers - First Utility Super League

"I asked for a response and I needed to see it and never got it. I just wanted to see a little bit of desire and it didn't come - I've not seen that before in this group. We were beaten by a very good side. You look at the way Cas played, when they got forward in the game they got confidence and they are a good side to watch.

"You want to see wingers touching down in one corner and then the other, sometimes I found it hard not to clap. I'm in pain watching it but they scored some very good tries."

Daryl Powerll, on the other hand, was understandably pleased with his team's display, hailing their defense as the crucial component of the win. 

The Castleford coach said: "We scored some really great tries but the thing that impressed and pleased me most was our defence. Widnes came at us early and we prevented them from getting over. I think the turning point came when we carried Danny Craven over the line.

"We spoke at half-time about keeping them out and keeping the nil. Our defence was outstanding. We scored some really good tries and showed some world-class pieces of skill. The plays are something we work on, they do not happen by accident. It (the play in the build-up to the tries) was pure class. Greg (Eden) reeled the ball in and it was outstanding to see.

"But to see them enjoy defending was great. It's going to be an interesting season."

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