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Castleford 27-14 Hull KR

Castleford (12) 27
Tries: Holmes, Youngquest, Clark, Dixon Goals: Dixon 5 Drop Goals: Chase

Hull KR (14) 14
Tries: Newton, Hall, Galea Goals: Hall


Kirk Dixon
Dixon scored seven Super League tries for Castleford last season

Castleford moved top of Super League XVI with a third straight victory.

Rovers went in 14-12 up at the break as Clint Newton, Craig Hall and Ben Galea all went over to cancel out tries from Oliver Holmes and Nick Youngquest.

But Daryl Clark crossed, Kirk Dixon converting, as Castleford dominated the second half.

Dixon went on to convert his own try, adding another kick before a drop-goal by Rangi Chase ensured Castleford took all the points.

Tigers took the lead in the fifth minute when Chase's clever grubber saw young second-rower Holmes grab his first try at senior level, Dixon kicking the first of five conversions.

But Rovers responded quickly when Scott Murrell's high kick was fumbled on his own line by Tigers full-back Richard Mathers and Newton pounced for a touchdown that Hall converted.

Castleford fell behind when Blake Green's pass found Hall who ran over, and their woes continued when young substitute prop Jonathan Walker was stretchered off shortly after going on.

But they rallied strongly and Hull KR did well to survive a spell of pressure before they stretched their lead when Murrell sent in Galea from close range.

Mathers' bad luck continued when he threw out a dreadful pass in his own in-goal area but fortunately for him the ball went dead.

Just before half time, Cas narrowed the deficit to two points when Brett Ferres pounced on a bad handling error from Rovers and set up Youngquest who raced clear to score.

Teenage substitute Clark put the Tigers back in front two minutes into the second half when he caught out the Hull KR defence and Dixon added another conversion.

The hosts kept Rovers pinned in their own half for long periods and went further ahead when Joe Arundel supplied Dixon, who duly converted.

Chase completed the scoring with a last minute drop-goal to put Cas at the summit of Super League.


Castleford Tigers coach Terry Matterson told BBC Radio Leeds:
"At the end of the day we got the result, but I thought we were a bit dusty in the first half and maybe that was because of the week off.

"We were lucky to be only 14-12 down at half-time. We got that lucky try just before half-time when they looked like scoring, and sometimes things bounce your way.

"What we need to do is keep their feet on the ground and stay level-headed. We'll enjoy this, no doubt about it, but we've got Catalan next Saturday, and we've got to make it count."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"I am very confident we will turn the corner. We are not playing great at the moment, without stating the obvious, but we will turn it round.

"We made too many fundamental and unforced errors especially coming out of our own end. I thought we invited Castleford to attack our line and defending your own line takes more energy out of you.

"Ben Galea's injury is medial and cartilage at this stage. We will send him for a scan hopefully tomorrow but he will be missing for a couple of weeks."


Castleford: Mathers, Dixon, Ferres, Arundel, Youngquest, Chase, Orr, Jackson, Milner, Huby, Holmes, Jones, Emmitt, Walker.
Replacements: Walker, Clark, Widders, Aspinwall.

Hull KR: Briscoe, Fox, Hall, Welham, Colbon, Green, Murrell, Vella, Hodgson, Watts, Newton, Galea, Netherton.
Replacements: Taylor, Cockayne, Wheeldon.

Att: 8,537.

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).



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see also
Castleford 18-12 Huddersfield
19 Feb 11 |  My Club
Hull KR 18-31 Catalan Dragons
27 Feb 11 |  My Club


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