Salford Red Devils 34 - 30 Castleford Tigers

Match info: Super League at Salford City Stadium

Date: 27/04/2013 KO: 18:45 Att: 2,306

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Salford

TriesAshurst (14) Williams (31) Dixon (35) Mauro (42) Fages (47) McGoldrick (72)ConversionsSneyd (14, 35, 42, 47, 72)

34
vs
30

Castleford

TriesMassey (5) Carney (25) Milner (28) Holmes (45) Ellis (58) Thompson (67)ConversionsEllis (28, 45, 58)

FT (ht: 16-14)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2013, 22:19 BST

Post-match reaction to Salford's 34-30 victory over Castleford.

Noble: Pleased to edge thrilling clash
Noble: Pleased to edge thrilling clash

Brian Noble was delighted to win a "basketball-style game" as his Super League career at Salford got off to a dream start with a thrilling 34-30 victory over Castleford.

The new Reds boss was staring down the barrel of a defeat as his side trailed 30-28 with nine minutes remaining, but Ryan McGoldrick then intercepted a loose Rangi Chase pass to seal a thrilling win.

The win was enough for the Reds to end a three-match losing streak and haul themselves from the foot of the standings, with Cas their replacements in last place.

Noble, who has taken over from sacked Phil Veivers, was delighted to see his new charges come out on the right side of a 12-try extravaganza, and said: "I'm really pleased for the players.

"We finished on the right side of a basketball-style game and it was thrilling and exciting.

"We had to show plenty of character to defend like we did in the last five minutes.

"We did a lot of good things going forward and I know there is work to do after looking at the league ladder.

"But it can be cured in time and we need to start raising the bar.

"At times we looked good with the ball."

Cas looked to be heading for only their second win in 11 league games when they led 30-28, but when Chase, who played a key role in all six Cas tries, threw out a pass that was intercepted by McGoldrick, the points were staying in Salford.

Noble said of the game's decisive moment: "We know how good Rangi is and he gave an expert lesson out there. But Goldy picked that pass sweet."

Cas caretaker boss Danny Orr came down hard on his players despite running Salford close for much of the contest.

"We didn't deserve to win and to concede 34 points was disappointing," he said.

"We were outmuscled and our kicking game was terrible in the first half."

Orr refused to blame Chase for his match-deciding error, saying: "Rangi is a world-class player as we could see from the things he did out there tonight.

"You can only admire him and I'm not going to tell him to change his game.

"He knows that pass probably wasn't on but we did not help ourselves and got in an arm wrestle.

"We did not perform and self-destructed."


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