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  • Dixon, Tansey, Chase, Massey, Ellis, Milner (2), Carney,
    Goals: Dixon (7),
46 - 34

Bradford

  • Scruton, Kearney, Sammut (2), Kear, Addy,
    Goals: Foster (5),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 18th Aug 2013
  • KO 15:30
  • Att: 6,633

Super League: Rangi Chase stars as Castleford Tigers beat Bradford

Last updated: 18th August 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Craig Huby and Bradford Bulls Nick Scruton

Castleford's Craig Huby tangles with Bradford's Nick Scruton

Bradford Bulls Keith Lulia and Castleford Tigers Kirk Dixon and Weller Hauraki

Castleford's Kirk Dixon and Weller Hauraki combine to stop Bradford's Keith Lulia

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Rangi Chase put on a stellar performance as Castleford beat Bradford 46-34 to end the Bulls' slim hopes of making the Super League play-offs.

The Tigers withstood a late onslaught to secure a nailbiting victory which means both Hull and Hull KR finish in the top eight, as the Bulls miss out on the post-season for the fifth successive year.

Trailing 40-24, Bradford struck back with late tries from Elliot Kear and Danny Addy to cut the gap to just six points, before Jamie Ellis' try in the last move of the game finally settled a 14-try thriller.

Jarrod Sammut scored two of the Bulls' six tries to help offset the absence of Luke Gale, who was a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury, but was overshadowed by another mercurial performance from Chase in front of watching England coach Steve McNamara.

Bradford looked especially dangerous in the opening stages, with winger Jamie Foster bundled into touch just short of the line before Sammut took Manase Manuokafoa's offload to scoot over for the opening try, his 17th of the campaign which Foster goaled.

Sammut looked to have scored a second, only to have his effort ruled out for a forward pass, and Castleford stormed back with three tries in 10 minutes, with Chase inevitably at the heart of all of them.

Right winger Kirk Dixon collected the stand-off's kick over the Bradford defence to touch down before Chase combined with Grant Millington to get hooker Adam Milner over for the first of his two tries.

Dixon's conversion brought up the 1,000th point of his career and he was also on target after more magic from Chase deep inside his own half got his captain Michael Shenton into space and blockbusting winger Justin Carney produced a trademark finish to the 70-metre move for his 18th try of the season.

Bradford halted their opponents' momentum when full-back Brett Kearney took an offload from Addy as the Castleford defence hesitated to score their second try and, as they piled on the pressure, both hooker Adam O'Brien and centre Keith Lulia were held up over the line.

Dangerous

Milner scored his second try on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a break by the dangerous Clark, and Dixon's third goal made it 22-12.

As the game continued to flow from end to end, Bulls prop Nick Scruton kept his side well in contention by displaying some neat footwork to score his second try of the season and Foster kicked his third goal.

Chase then mesmerised the visitors' defence with a series of dummies before slicing through for a solo try and produced a delightful kick for full-back Jordan Tansey to touch down.

Dixon's fifth goal extended his side's lead to 34-18 but Sammut scored his second from the re-start to keep Bradford in touch.

Castleford were reduced to 12 men on 68 minutes when substitute Charlie Martin was sin-binned for unsportsmanlike conduct in preventing a quick 20-metre re-start but forward Nathan Massey extended his side's lead with a 70th-minute try.

The Bulls threatened to have the final say when Kear and Addy went over for tries in the last five minutes, but as it was Tigers scrum-half Ellis finished off the last move of the match.

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7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
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