Tigers snatch late win at Salford

Danny Orr scored a crucial late try at Salford.

Danny Orr scored a crucial late try at Salford.

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SKIPPER Danny Orr’s late try earned Castleford Tigers a 15-8 win in a tight Engage Super League encounter at Salford City Reds on Friday.

With the scores locked at 8-8, Orr forced his way over from close range seven minutes from time and Kirk Dixon kicked his third goal to put Cas six points ahead.

Rangi Chase made victory certain with a drop goal.

Jordan Thompson also touched down as the Tigers completed a league double over Salford whose points came through tries by Jodie Broughton and Daniel Holdsworth.

Salford, looking for a third successive win since announcing the appointment of Matt Parish as their new coach, attacked well in the opening minutes.

Parish is still to arrive in Greater Manchester but the Reds, buoyed by a shock win at Warrington the previous Sunday, looked forceful as Castleford were made to defend their own line fiercely.

Broughton and Chris Nero both went close but were repelled and Holdsworth was held up over the line.

Another promising move ended when Holdsworth kicked poorly into the arms of Joe Arundel but otherwise the opening half hour was a drab, attritional affair in light drizzle.

It was not until the 33rd minute that the Reds finally illuminated the contest as Lee Jewitt broke up the middle of the field.

Jewitt looked left to find Mark Henry and Luke Patten then put Broughton over in the corner.

Cas responded in the closing minute of the first half as Orr found a gap in the Salford line.

Orr lost possession on the 10-metre line but was awarded a penalty and Dixon took the opportunity to kick for goal and halve the deficit to 4-2.

The visitors started the second half much more positively and went ahead as Chase and Richie Mathers created an opening for Thompson on the left.

Dixon converted to extend the lead but Matty Smith spurned a glorious chance to hand Salford back the initiative.

Smith stretched the Tigers defence as he broke from deep inside his own half but opted not to pass to Broughton as he was caught 20 metres out.

Salford quickly shifted the ball out right but Cas retreated and Sean Gleeson was unable to break through.

Gleeson found himself in the right place soon after, however, as a mix-up in the Cas ranks allowed the ball to bounce and the Reds centre flicked the ball up for Holdsworth to score.

Yet Holdsworth’s failure to convert for a second time left the scores tied and set up a tense finale.

Steve Snitch grabbed a loose ball to give Castleford the chance to attack but Chase, after a brilliant dummy, and Nathan Massey were stopped close to the line.

The breakthrough came seven minutes from time after a 40-20 kick by Chase.

The Tigers applied the pressure and Orr plunged over from dummy half at close range under the posts.

Dixon added the extras and Chase added the insurance of a drop goal as time ran out.