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Tuesday, 4 June, 2002, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Vikings maul Tigers
Steve McCurrie is tackled by the Tigers defence
McCurrie is dumped to earth by the Tigers defence
Widnes 26-20 Castleford

Widnes moved back into Super League play-off contention by coming from behind to beat the Tigers at Halton Stadium.

The Vikings trailed 12-4 early in the first half before hitting back with tries from Stuart Spruce, Jason Demetriou, Phil Cantillon and David Mills.

Castleford snatched the first try, with Danny Orr and Mitch Healey combining for Jon Wells to go over after the boot of Barry Eaton had put Widnes in front.

Eaton's second penalty cut the gap to 6-4 before Nathan Sykes sent the impressive Orr slicing through to make it 12-4.


We looked dead and buried after 20 minutes and it was an impressive comeback
Widnes coach
Neil Kelly

But then Castleford were rocked by two Widnes tries in five minutes.

McCurrie sent Spruce over before Waine Pryce failed to collect Craig Weston's kick, allowing Demetriou to touch down in the corner.

Widnes, who led 14-12 at the break, then extended the lead with an Eaton penalty after a high tackle by Wayne Bartrim.

Cantillon notched his 100th try for the Vikings to make it 20-12 before Bartrim's penalty closed the gap.

The vital try came from Mills in the 57th minute, although Spruce appeared to steal the ball from Bartrim in a two-man tackle.

Eaton landed his fifth goal from seven attempts to make it 26-14, but the visitors refused to throw in the towel.

Andy Johnson went over on the hour and Bartrim landed his fourth goal from four attempts.

But the Vikings held out to move above London in the table.


We let ourselves down and there were some shocking plays at times
Castleford coach
Graham Steadman

Widnes boss Neil Kelly said: "We should have killed Castleford off in a more comfortable manner.

"At times we seemed to be trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and as a team we have to smarten up.

"But we looked dead and buried after 20 minutes and it was an impressive comeback."

Kelly also paid tribute to Cantillon, saying: "Phil always knew it would be harder against tougher defences this season but has done remarkably well and shown he can impress at the highest level."

Graham Steadman, the Castleford coach, said: "It was the same old story and we are still too inconsistent over 80 minutes.

"We let ourselves down and there were some shocking plays at times."


Widnes: Spruce, Dimitrio, Potter, Hughes, Percival, Weston, Eaton, Relf, Cantillon, Stone, Farrell, McCurrie, Frame. Replacements: Carter, Mills, Atcheson, O'Neill.

Castleford: Rogers, Wells, Mather, Eagar, Pryce, Orr, Healey, Sykes, Bartrim, Rainey, Smith, Fritz, Hudson. Replacements: Sampson, Harland, Johnson, Warren.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington).


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