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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 17:59 GMT
Tigers take the points

Salford 16-22 Castleford

Castleford secured their first Tetley's Bitter Super League victory of the season with a blistering second-half display against Salford on Sunday.

The visitors swept into an 8-0 lead after only nine minutes with tries from centre Logan Campbell and hooker Aaron Raper.

Craig Makin was at fault for Castleford's first try after losing the ball in a tackle with half backs Brad Davis and Danny Orr combining for Campbell to go over.

Then Lee Harland and ex-Salford winger Darren Rogers combined for the lively Raper to squeeze in at the corner.

Davis and Orr missed the kicks but Castleford looked in control.

Missed opportunity

Salford had a chance to notch up their first try when Michael Eagar knocked on from Martin Crompton's kick but the ball rolled dead with Martin Offiah in pursuit.

But it was Offiah who put Salford back in contention when he raced onto a pass to go over in the 22nd minute and Simon Svabic tagged on the conversion to make it 8-6.

Castleford landed a penalty just before the break when Brad Hepi, making his Salford debut against his old club obstructed Orr and Davis landed the penalty.

Davis had a try disallowed for offside after Raper's clever kick in the 45th minute but Salford were immediately back on level terms with a well-worked try.

Darren Brown, Paul Southern and Gary Broadbent combined for Australian centre Kris Tassell to go over but Svabic missed the difficult kick.

Castleford regained the initiative on the hour when skipper Adrian Vowels forced his way over and then Davis made the points safe when he skipped round a tackle with substitute Jamie Benn landing the conversion to make it 20-10.

Benn struck a second goal with a penalty four minutes from time but Salford refused to lie down with skipper Darren Brown providing the pass for Jason Webber to go over in injury time with Svabic landing the conversion.

Teams:

Salford: Broadbent, Pinkney, Tassell, Webber, Offiah, Svabic, Crompton, Southern, Alker, Makin, Smith, Brown, Highton.
Replacements: Baynes, Johnson, Hepi, Faimalo. Castleford: Eagar, Wells, Vowles, Campbell, Rogers, Orr, Davis, Sampson, Raper, Shaw, Harland, Fritz, Purcell.
Replacements: Benn, Sykes, Smith, Tonks.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)

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