Castleford have edge in 16-try thriller

Michael Channing, who scored his first try for Castleford Tigers. Picture: IAN HARBER
Michael Channing, who scored his first try for Castleford Tigers. Picture: IAN HARBER
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Castleford Tigers returned to winning ways in a thrilling high scoring contest at Widnes Vikings.

Both sides crossed for eight tries each, but Cas edged it 42-38 with Kirk Dixon kicking five goals

The Tigers were 24-18 up at the break, despite a hat-trick of tries against them by Gareth Hock who went on to score four in total.

Winger Justin Carney led the way for Cas with two tries, but their defensive problems made the game not safe until they came up with three tries in the final 10 minutes.

In fact they were in danger of defeat as they were 10 points behind before Adam Milner, Weller Hauraki and Michael Channing all got over the line in quick succession - and with Rangi Chase in the sin-bin along with Widnes’s Kevin Brown for their part in a flare-up.

The first half had been nip and tuck with Joe Mellor also scoring along with Hock for the hosts and Carney’s brace going along with tries from Ryan Boyle, Nathan Massey and Jamie Ellis to give the Tigers a six-point advantage.

Widnes struck first after the break with Rhys Hanbury going over and they took the lead when Frank Winterstein went over, followed by Hock’s fourth.

But after both sides went down to 12 men it was the Tigers who came on strong again with their three-try burst that finally enabled them to shake off their hosts.

Scorers - Widnes: Tries Hock 4, Mellor, Hanbury, Winterstein 2; goals Marsh 2, Owens. Castleford: Tries Carney 2, Boyle, Massey, Ellis, Milner, Hauraki, Channing; goals Dixon 5.

Widnes: Hanbury; Isa, Marsh, Phelps, Ah Van; Brown, Mellor; O’Carroll, Clarke, Kavanagh, Hock, Leuluai, Cahill. Subs: Gore, Joseph, Winterstein, Owens.

Castleford: Owen; Dixon, Shenton, Channing, Carney; Chase, Ellis; Boyle, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Clark. Subs: Massey, Thompson, Fleming, Martin.

Referee: Richard Silverwood.

Half-time: 18-24.

Attendance: 5,155.