Dave Craven

The Yorkshire Post rugby writer covering rugby league and rugby union

Tiger Gale eager to put Grand Final loss in the past

Reflective Luke Gale realises he has to get over his Grand Final disappointment quickly if he is to make the most of a World Cup chance with England.

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Video: Shenton vows Castleford Tigers will bounce back after missed Grand Final opportunity

DEFLATED Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton feels the club might never “get a better opportunity of winning a Grand Final” after their Old Trafford shambles.

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National One play-off final Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings, 7 October 2007..... Tigers' Michael Wainwright scores a try

Grand Final: Ten years ago today, Castleford Tigers were scrapping to get into Super League

WITH lovely symmetry, Castleford Tigers play in their first Super League Grand Final tonight – on the 10th anniversary of the game that crucially secured them a place back in the top-flight.

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Grand Final: Pressure is all on Castleford Tigers, insists Leeds Rhinos’ Ferres

Nearing his 32nd birthday, Leeds Rhinos’ Brett Ferres at last gets to play a first major final tonight but there will be no nerves present – he hasn’t had them since the age of 12.

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Leeds v Castleford in 1969.

Grand Final: Castleford Tigers chief Gill gets to the heart of the matter

WHEN Castleford and Leeds last faced each other in a final to decide the league champions nearly half-a-century ago, unusually, both the clubs’ current chief executives were “heartbroken”.

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Video: Man of Steel award for Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale

LUKE GALE says a solitary chat in new Coach of the Year Daryl Powell’s “mansion” made him realise he had to sign for Castleford Tigers – and now he is Man of Steel and aiming for Grand Final glory against the club that discarded him as a teenager.

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Video: Castleford Tigers dominate with trio of awards

CASTLEFORD TIGERS celebrated on Tuesday night as they claimed three major awards at the Betfred Super League Man of Steel dinner in Manchester.

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Castleford Tigers’ pre-season was all about us winning Grand Final, says Roberts

FOR all he was watching almost 11,000 miles away on television, witnessing his former club Melbourne Storm lift the NRL title on Sunday morning has only served to whet the appetite of stand-off Benny Roberts for what may be imminent with Castleford Tigers.

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Champion Schools Final, St Peter's and Castleford Academy representatives. PIC: Alex Whitehead/

Schools RL: Secret of Castleford Academy’s success is ‘in the blood’

IT has taken Castleford Tigers 91 years to finish top of the elite division but, remarkably, one of the town’s schools has reached 64 national finals since 2007.

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That’s the first goal done, now it’s time to regroup, says Shenton as Castleford Tigers make history

Castleford Tigers’ captain Michael Shenton lifted the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time in the club’s history last night and then insisted: “Now we have to finish the job.”

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MAGIC MOMENT: Castleford's Luke Gale scores the winning drop goal.
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Castleford Tigers respond as Daryl Powell questions attitude at Wakefield Trinity

CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ coach Daryl Powell admitted he didn’t feel his side had the “will to win the game” before snatching a dramatic 25-24 win at Wakefield Trinity last night.

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Castleford's Jake Webster scores a try to level the game against Wakefield.

Wakefield Trinity 24 Castleford Tigers 25: Luke Gale drops late blow on rivals

THERE must have been a nagging feeling among Wakefield Trinity fans, as their side led 16-0 against Super League leaders Castleford Tigers last night, that their fierce rivals would not play as badly again in the second period.

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VIDEO: Match-up has to wait for Aussie stars Hitchcox and Miller

THE Mullumbimby boys will have to wait a little longer for their match-up on the other side of the world.

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Fresh look to Super League standings welcomed by Castleford Tigers’ Daryl Powell

CASTLEFORD TIGERS head coach Daryl Powell believes some of Super League’s traditional powers will show “desperation” in 2018 if there is a new victor at Old Trafford this season.

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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell ‘good enough for England’

CASTLEFORD TIGERS chief executive Steve Gill believes his club head coach Daryl Powell should be the next coach of England.

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featherstone, captain Malcolm Dixon collects the Challenge Cup from the Queen after victory in the 1967 League Cup final.

Nostalgia: I looked for my wife before the final but saw the Queen, says Wembley hero Tommy Smales

THERE was only one spot Featherstone Rovers’ Tommy Smales had his eye on ahead of the 1967 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

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VIDEO: Injury boost for Castleford Tigers over winger Greg Minikin

CASTLEFORD TIGERS head coach Daryl Powell has expressed his delight that Super League’s top try-scorer Greg Minikin is not facing a lengthy period on the sidelines.

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Yorkshire's Joe Root, the new captain of England's Test team.

Captain Joe Root hoping to bring the smiles back to English cricket

JOE Root believes the England captaincy can actually raise his game to a whole new level rather than diminish his run-scoring prowess.


Castleford Tigers v Leigh Centurions: Daryl Powell aware insider knowledge may boost promoted Leigh

EVEN though it is fully 12 years since Leigh Centurions were last in Super League, Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is all too aware tonight’s opponents know plenty about them.

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Denny Solomona

Castleford Tigers intent on fighting hard over Denny Solomona exit

CASTLEFORD Tigers have appointed a leading London barrister as their battle with Sale Sharks over star winger Denny Solomona intensifies.

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