Tigers roar in last-gasp victory

  • Last Updated: March 9 2014, 17:59 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League.

Daryl Clark was one of the try scorers for Castleford
Daryl Clark was one of the try scorers for Castleford

Castleford maintained their early-season sparkle with a first home win over Wigan for eight years after edging a 12-try thriller thanks to Luke Dorn's last-minute score.

The Tigers made it four wins in a row to join St Helens at the top of the First Utility Super League with one of only three 100 per cent records but only after a sensational finish at the Jungle.

Wigan looked to have snatched at least a point when Matty Smith added a touchline conversion to Josh Charnley's late try which levelled the scores before putting over a 40-metre drop goal with just a minute left on the clock.

However, there was just enough time for one last attack and Castleford made the most of it as Dorn took Marc Sneyd's pass to cross for the try that clinched a deserved 36-31 victory for the home side.

Rhys Evans ran in four tries as Warrington subdued a feisty London 44-16 in the capital.

Winger Evans struck either side of half-time then twice in the game's closing moments as the Wolves erased a 16-14 interval deficit to eventually ease home.

For Warrington it evened their season record at two wins and two losses, while the Broncos remain winless.

Taulima Tautai was in destructive form as Wakefield routed Catalan 56-14 to record their first victory of the season.

The match at an unseasonably warm Rapid Solicitors Stadium was over as a contest at half-time following a powerful performance by Tautai, who scored the first two tries before laying on the next for Jon Molloy.

Reece Lyne crossed for a brace of his own and Jarrod Sammut kicked six goals to give Wakefield a 32-0 half-time lead.

Pita Godinet became the third player to grab a double in the early stages of the second half before Daniel Smith and Paul Sykes helped themselves to tries, with Elliott Whitehead and Leon Pryce replying for the visitors.

Leeds demonstrated exceptional defence to salvage a point from a thriller as Huddersfield were held to a second consecutive home draw.

The two captains, Kevin Sinfield (Leeds) and Danny Brough (Huddersfield) both failed with late drop-goal attempts as the game ended with a dramatic 12-12 tie at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield, who had beaten the Rhinos in their past five meetings, will feel the most aggrieved after dominating the game for long periods and having four tries disallowed by video referee Richard Silverwood.

St Helens made it four wins out of four thanks to a supercharged second-half showing to move clear at the top of the table and leave Hull KR still seeking their first victory of the season.

Rovers held Saints 12-12 at the break but conceded five touchdowns after the interval, with Adam Swift turning in a man-of-the-match display in a 38-18 success.

Swift led the way with two tries for the hosts and also created another for captain Jon Wilkin.

Full-back Jamie Shaul scored two tries as Hull returned to winning ways with a crushing 44-16 victory over cash-strapped Bradford.

Bradford took an early lead through captain Matt Diskin but struggled to live with Hull thereafter as Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman, Shaul, Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia and Danny Houghton all crossed before the break, with Adrian Purtell responding for the visitors.

Shaul grabbed his second just after half-time and Jordan Rankin got on the scoresheet before Adam Henry went over late on for the Bulls.

On Thursday, Widnes twice came from behind in a thriller at the Select Security Stadium to maintain their perfect start to the new season with a 32-18 win over Salford.

The Red Devils awoke from their early slumbers, brought to life by a spectacular solo try from winger Greg Johnson, to play their part in a free-flowing encounter but were undone by Kevin Brown's late try double.

Stand-off Brown returned from injury, along with skipper Jon Clarke, to spearhead the Vikings' third consecutive victory.


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