Castleford storm to fifth away league win

Thomas Dobson scored two tries in Castlefor'ss 37-10 win at Burley on Saturday.
Thomas Dobson scored two tries in Castlefor'ss 37-10 win at Burley on Saturday.
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Castleford maintained their impressive away league form in Yorkshire Division Three in Saturday’s 37-10 win at Burley.

Cas are second in the table, just four points adrift of leaders Old Grovians, after bagging their fifth victory in six away league matches.

They face another important game on Saturday when they host fourth-placed Old Modernians (2.15pm) .

They did well to run out convincing winners last weekend because Burley is never an easy place to play open rugby because of their sloping pitch.

Castleford dominated the opening phase with cohesive forward play that soon allowed the backline to explode into action.

The early score came when a short pass from centre Daniel Price sent debut winger Ian Preece powerfully through a gap from 20 metres out. Ian Mattison converted.

Castleford soon struck again after strong runs from back-rowers Ben Keyworth and James Baldwin made valuable metres, taking play to a scrum 15 metres out.

Scrum half Thomas Egan fed centre Price who rounded his opposite number before giving winger Thomas Dobson a clear run in. Mattison added the difficult touchline conversion.

The final score of the first-half came after Price regathered his own kick just outside his own 22.

He made a 50 metre run before sending Dobson in for his second try. Mattison added another touchline conversion to give the visitors a 22-0 interval lead.

Burley took full advantage of an early defensive slip by Castleford in the second-half to open their account with an unconverted try out wide.

A Mattison penalty then edged Castleford further ahead before battling Burley went in for their second touchdown.

Castleford steadied the ship as the forwards took control to make the game safe.

The bonus-point try came after four successive forward phases five metres out, with prop Adam Brown, Gareth Paul and second rowers Aidan Wood and Danny Adamson to the fore.

Substitute Chris Marsh finally picked up from the scrum base to drive over.

Mattison added the icing with another excellent touchline conversion. Skipper Daron Walker rouded things off by scoring Castleford’s fifth try whenhe bludgeoned his way through the home defensive line and forced his way over from ten metres out.