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Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford


Tryouts from Greg Eden, Liam Watts, Cheyse Blair and Jake Trueman, plus 12 points from Danny Richardson’s kick, saw Castleford emerge victorious at AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.

Last updated: 04/30/21 22:21 pm

Liam Watts’ try helped Castleford on their way to victory over Salford

A strong second-half performance helped Castleford Tigers return to victory as they beat Salford Red Devils 28-18 in the Betfred Super League clash on Friday.

An equally hotly contested first half saw a Danny Richardson penalty win over the Tigers 14-12 as the hooter rang, Greg Eden and Liam Watts crossing for Daryl Powell’s men and Kevin Brown and Andy Ackers responding for Salford .

But a test of the Cheyse Blair interchange saw Castleford take the initiative two minutes after the restart. Jake Trueman also took it a step further and Richardson kept the scoreboard running by nailing a six of seven with the boot, while the Red Devils weren’t helped by Lee Mossop being put in a trash can.

Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford

Greg Eden’s trial got Castleford to work

The result allowed the visitors to bounce back from the loss to the Wigan Warriors the week before and they took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to clever play from Richardson, who replaced Jordan Turner in the semi-finals.

With the ball knocked down by Elliot Kear, the half-back took advantage and his wing kick was taken by Eden to finish for a converted try.

Six minutes later, Salford equalized thanks to an experienced Brown confrontation. A brilliant jump by the return of Kallum Watkins claimed the kick from Tui Lolohea and he passed for his half-back partner to land between the sticks.

Soon after, good pressure on the kicks forced ex-Red Devils player Niall Evalds back into the goal and the Tigers conceding a goal-line abandonment.

Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford

Salford’s Elliot Kear faces strong Castleford defense

The Red Devils made them call in the next set when hooker Ackers dived from the dummy half and Harvey Livett’s kick was on target to give the home side a 12-6 lead.

But that didn’t last as Castleford quickly retaliated by Watts. After Paul McShane broke through he found Michael Shenton in support who then put the swap medium for the test which was converted by Richardson to bring the scores level up.

The half-back then netted a penalty goal almost halfway through halftime to put the visitors 14-12 ahead at the break.

In the second half, the Tigers quickly increased their lead as Blair won the race to score Trueman’s kick and Richardson continued his perfect record to make it 20-12.

Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford

Jake Trueman’s second-half try helped seal Castleford victory

In the 52nd minute, Ackers nearly shot again for another try but was held up and six minutes later Richardson scored another goal, his fifth on the night, to push Castleford further. Then Trueman sealed the win in the 60th minute when he pushed his way for an unconverted score.

With 12 minutes remaining, Richardson was hit late by Mossop and Salford’s propeller was sent to the trash. The half-back dusted himself off to get the penalty that followed.

There was still time for Brown’s kick to send Lolohea to try and give Salford some hope, but it wasn’t enough.

Post-match reaction

Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford

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Paul McShane collects another man of the match performance after Castleford beat Salford 18-28 at AJ Bell Stadium

Paul McShane collects another man of the match performance after Castleford beat Salford 18-28 at AJ Bell Stadium

Match Report – Salford 18-28 Castleford

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Red Devils coach Richard Marshall says Salford’s penalty count cost them against Castleford

Red Devils coach Richard Marshall says Salford’s penalty count cost them against Castleford

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Tigers boss Daryl Powell praised Paul McShane’s performance in Castleford’s win over Salford

Tigers boss Daryl Powell praised Paul McShane’s performance in Castleford’s win over Salford

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