Salford Red Devils completed a Super League double against Castleford Tigers with a 30-14 win; Tim Lafai and Deon Cross also crossed for the Red Devils alongside Joe Burgess’ try hat-trick
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Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick as Salford Red Devils completed a Super League double against Castleford Tigers with a 30-14 win at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The former Wigan winger scored twice in the first half then added a third with 10 minutes to go as Paul Rowley’s men secured back-to-back wins.
Castleford winger Jason Qareqare got a brace in response but it wasn’t enough for Lee Radford’s side, who finished the game with 12 men following a yellow card for Adam Milner 10 minutes from time. end.
Salford have been forced to make changes to the side that beat Leeds on Sunday. Full-back Ryan Brierley was withdrawn late with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Morgan Escare, while Sitaleki Akauola replaced the injured King Vuniyayawa.
Liam Watts was missing for the Tigers as he served the first of a two-match ban after a high tackle in the win over Hull KR and Daniel Smith was his substitute.
It was a landmark night for Castleford’s Kenny Edwards and Jake Trueman who were making their 150th and 100th career appearances respectively.
Castleford got off to the perfect start with a third-minute try. Jake Trueman and Gareth O’Brien combined well on the left edge and sent Ryan Hampshire into the corner – but O’Brien was unable to add the conversion.
The home side responded in the 17th minute when Tim Lafai successfully netted a spot-kick from Marc Sneyd for his fourth try of the season, while Sneyd’s conversion edged past Salford.
A penalty from O’Brien – after Salford were spotted offside in front of their own posts – saw the score level at 6-6 before a brace from Burgess swung the game decisively in favor of the local team.
His first came after Sneyd and Escare combined, cutting inside to leave the Castleford defense on the wrong foot.
The former Wigan winger claimed another two minutes before the break, producing a classy finish to run from 20 yards after taking Lafai’s pass, and Sneyd’s goal extended Salford’s lead.
Castleford got off to a good start in the second half and scored their second try in the 48th minute as winger Qareqare found himself in space on the left edge after slick hands between Trueman and Kenny Edwards.
Hampshire took over kicking duties from injured Gareth O’Brien, who had to leave 10 minutes earlier with a head injury, but was off target.
As Salford appeared to be cringing, Sneyd kicked in a real collector’s item – a 20-40 kick that relieved the pressure and gave his side a decent attacking platform.
With Castleford still struggling to come back, they were penalized for offside and Sneyd opted to shoot on goal, further extending Salford’s lead.
The Red Devils extended their advantage just before the hour mark with a superb try. Andy Ackers drilled dangerously through midfield and he fed Escare, who was heroically brought down by Hampshire.
Croft and Callum Watkins combined to send Deon Cross into the corner for a try which Sneyd converted.
Qareqare claimed his second try after a brilliant finish with 18 minutes remaining as the video referee overturned referee Liam Moore’s on-field decision, while Hampshire failed to add the goal.
Castleford was reduced to 12 men moments later as Milner was shown a yellow card for dissent.
Salford quickly capitalized on the extra-man advantage with the try that sealed Burgess’ hat-trick – his first for the club.
Burgess finished in the corner after an incredible pass from Lafai that left fans wanting more, and Sneyd completed the scoring with the conversion.