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Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Castleford stun Halifax
Castleford's Michael Smith
Tigers' Michael Smith helped himself to two tries
Castleford 38-14 Halifax

Castleford completed a fine second-half comeback at The Jungle to stun Halifax and pick up both Super League points.

The Tigers trailed 14-8 at the break but did not concede a point in the second half.


I always felt confident that we would rack up one or two points if our execution was better
Castleford coach Graham Steadman

The turnaround - aided by two tries apiece from Waine Pryce and Michael Smith and seven goals from Wayne Bartrim - means the Tigers stay in the hunt for a top six finish.

Both sides made plenty of errors in an untidy opening spell before Mike Smith broke the deadlock for the Tigers in the 12th minute, Bartrim kicking the conversion.

The Blue Sox levelled four minutes later when Robbie Beckett shot in for a try which teenage scrum-half Liam Finn improved.

Debutant Finn was on target again four minutes later to edge Halifax ahead but the Tigers squared matters with Bartrim's second goal after John Lawless was penalised for a high tackle.

The Blue Sox then regained the lead in the 31st minute when Lawless went over and Finn tagged on his third goal.

Second-half comeback

The Tigers levelled at 14-14 two minutes into the second half when full-back Darren Rogers went over.


In the end, you run out juice, which is what we did
Halifax coach Steve Linane

The home side grabbed the lead four minutes later when winger Pryce rounded off a lovely move.

Pryce then struck again in the 64th minute when Michael Eagar made the opening for him to collect his second touchdown.

Eagar and Smith added further tries as the Tigers ran out easy winners in the closing stages.

Referee Karl Kirkpatrick reported a second-half incident in which Halifax substitute Jamie Bloem was allegedly bitten by a Castleford player.


Castleford: Rogers, Pryce, Mather, Eagar, Wells, Orr, Healey, Sykes, Bartrim, Lynch, Fritz, Smith, Harland. Replacements: Rainey, Warren, Saxton, Godwin.

Halifax: Donlan, Beckett, Flowers, Halpenny, Halliwell, Clinch, Finn, Hobson, Penkywicz, Birchall, Gannon, McMenemy, Lawless. Replacements: Brocklehurst, Davidson, Thackray, Bloem.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)


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