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Castleford 28-26 Bradford

Castleford (10) 28
Tries: Shenton (2), Dixon (2), ChaseGoals: Dixon (4)

Bradford (16) 26
Tries: Platt, Tadulala, Lynch, Morrison, Halley Goals: Deacon (2), Sykes


Castleford v Bradford

Rangi Chase scored a late converted try as Castleford came from behind to snatch a dramatic victory over Bradford

Second-half tries from Glenn Morrison and Dave Halley put Bradford 16 points ahead with 13 minutes left.

But tries from Kirk Dixon, Michael Shenton and Chase levelled the score and Dixon's conversion sealed victory.

Michael Platt, Semi Tadulala and Andy Lynch all scored as Bradford led 16-10 at half-time, with Shenton and Dixon replying for the home side.


Castleford coach Terry Matterson:

"The thing I am pleased about is that we were in the game until the last minute and it was a great advertisement for the game.

"I think over the course of the game I wouldn't have been too unhappy if we came up short because Bradford played really well.

"But it was by far their best performance this year. We've got the belief here and we went to the end.

"We were in the game until the last minute and gave ourselves a chance of winning and to say I'm happy is an understatement."

"It was an outstanding goal kicking exhibition again and I'm really pleased it won us the game.

"We score a hell of a lot of tries in the corner because of how we play and that was the case today but that's two weeks in a row it's got us home and you've got to have faith in what you go with."

Bradford coach Steve McNamara:

"We were in complete control for 68 or 69 minutes and we played reasonably well, did a lot of things right but then we've obviously had a disaster in the last 11 or 12 minutes.

"I think when we didn't field the kick-off we let the ball bounce into touch and the momentum swung from that point.

"It was a far improved performance and we did a lot of things right but it can be a cruel game at times as we saw on the other side last week.

"It would be easy for me to completely overreact and you can see how many good things they did during the game and they are hugely disappointed as is everybody involved with us at this moment in time.

"It's my job as a coach to look at it sensibly and we'll do that."


Castleford: McGoldrick, Owen, Shenton, Dixon, Wainwright, Chase, Sherwin, Sargent, Hudson, Huby, Ferres, Westerman, Faumuina.

Replacements: Feather, Massey, Netherton, Widders.

Bradford: Platt, Sheriffe, Sykes, Nero, Tadulala, Jeffries, Deacon, Burgess, Newton, Lynch, Menzies, Morrison, Langley.

Replacements: Halley, Worrincy, Kopczak, Scruton.

Referee: G Hewer (Wakefield)



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see also
Hull FC 18-19 Castleford
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Catalans Dragons 24-30 Bradford
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