CASTLEFORD Tigers revived their play-off bid with a storming second-half show in Sunday’s 56-24 win against Harlequins.
Half-backs Rangi Chase (pictured) and Danny Orr created the majority of Castleford’s 10 tries as the Tigers achieved their first win in six league games and wrecked the London side’s chances of ending their current slump.
Kiwi stand-off Chase bagged four tries himself and Kirk Dixon chipped in with a try and eight goals.
Harlequins, without a win in their last 10 league matches, led 14-6 in the first half and were only 22-18 behind at half-time but were overpowered in the second period.
Chris Riley scored two tries on his Harlequins debut after joining them on a month’s loan from Warrington and Oliver Wilkes also collected two touchdowns for the visitors.
Between them Castleford and Harlequins went into the game without a win in 14 Super League matches combined.
The last point both teams collected was when they drew 26-26 at Twickenham Stoop last month.
The Tigers, trounced 62-0 by Warrington and 48-6 by Leeds in their previous two league games, welcomed back prop Jonathan Walker on the bench from a 12-match absence with knee trouble.
Stuart Jones also returned to the pack after missing last weekend’s Challenge Cup win at Wakefield with an eye infection.
Quins took a second minute lead when full-back Jamie O’Callaghan collected Adam Milner’s kick behind his own try line and eluded two tacklers in the in-goal area before bursting clear to score a spectacular length of the field try that Luke Gale converted.
Castleford levelled four minutes later when skipper Orr’s long pass sent in Dixon who added a touchline conversion.
Quins soon regained the lead after Castleford conceded two penalties.
The London side made the most of an excellent attacking position when Tony Clubb put debutant Riley through a large gap close to the line for a simple try.
Castleford’s play was often sloppy and they were punished for weak tackling when Danny Ward’s pass sent Wilkes powering in for a 19th-minute try to put the visitors 14-6 up.
The shell-shocked Tigers responded with two tries in three minutes, both converted by Dixon.
Chase made the opening for Richard Mathers to cross before former Harlequins player Orr’s superb break and clever pass created a try Jordan Thompson to give Castleford an 18-14 advantage.
Harlequins missed a chance to regain the lead when they split open Castleford’s defence but Karl Pryce’s pass flew straight into touch.
Both sides made frequent handling errors in the blustery conditions in an end-to-end encounter.
Jones made a great run but spoiled it by throwing out a wild pass and Quins made it 18-18 when Riley capitalised on Gale’s high kick to bag his second touchdown, but the Tigers went back in front on the stroke of half-time when Chase and Mathers linked to put in Richard Owen.
Castleford struck again four minutes into the second half when Jake Emmitt offloaded to Chase close to the line and the New Zealander dummied his way over to score.
Chase’s neat kick then set up a try for Daryl Clark to put the Tigers further in front, before they suffered a blow when Samoan centre Willie Isa was stretchered off with a leg injury.
Quins got back in the game after 56 minutes when Gale’s pass sent in Wilkes for his second try that the former converted.
But Quins’ hopes soon faded when the Tigers stepped up a gear to stretch their lead.
Chase dummied his way through for his second try before Mathers put in Adam Milner, and Chase scored two more tries in the last 10 minutes to complete the rout.