New boys help give Tigers edge against Rovers in pre-season clash

Jordan Tansey scored Castleford's final try. Picture: Steve Riding.
Jordan Tansey scored Castleford's final try. Picture: Steve Riding.

Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers both showed their defensive qualities in Sunday’s pre-season derby clash at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Chances were few and far between in a match which the Tigers won 18-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time.

There was never much between the teams and the penalty count was also pretty even - it was 9-8 in Castleford’s favour.

The Tigers snapped up their chances to score three converted tries while Championship outfit Featherstone competed excellently throughout and had two efforts ruled out in a game watched by 4,800 fans.

New recruits Matt Cook and Dennny Solomona both scored as the Super League side lifted the XBlades Prince of Wales Hospice Challenge Trophy.

Castleford saved the best until last with Jordan Tansey providing the highlight two minutes from time by finishing the game’s best move involving Adam Milner and Ashley Gibson.

Ex-Rovers player Liam Finn added his third goal from three kicks to complete the scoring.

Castleford’s strong-running second-rower Cook won the official man of the match award but he must have been pushed close by Nathan Massey who had a magnificent game in the home pack.

New signings Paul Sykes and Sam Irwin both slotted in well for Featherstone and Jamie Cording and Jack Bussey also looked sharp for the visitors.