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Widnes

  • Galea, Dean, Flynn, Ah Van,
    Goals: Tickle (2),
20 - 40

Castleford

  • Dorn, Shenton (2), Holmes, Clark (3),
    Goals: Sneyd (6),
  • Super League
  • Super League
  • 3rd Jul 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 4,562

Super League: Daryl Clark's hat-trick helps Castleford beat Widnes

By Rob Lancaster   Last updated: 3rd July 2014  

Patrick Ah Van Widnes Vikings

Patrick Ah Van: Touched down once, but could have had two more for the hosts

Daryl Clark Cas Tigers

Daryl Clark: Superb hat-trick, including two long-range efforts in the second half

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Castleford pushed themselves into third place in the Super League table with a 40-20 victory over Widnes at the Select Security Stadium.

Hooker Daryl Clark grabbed a hat-trick of tries as the Tigers completed the double over the Vikings, having triumphed 34-22 in the first meeting of the sides at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Michael Shenton also touched down twice for the visitors, though the final scoreline didn't do justice to just how tight the game had been for an hour. Widnes had fought back from an 18-0 deficit to make a game of it, something they cannot afford to do when the teams meet again in the semi-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

The Vikings simply weren’t able to recover from the early wounds inflicted by a shocking start that saw their defensive line breached three times in the opening 11 minutes.

Luke Dorn broke the deadlock when he collected a smart offload from Jamie Ellis, starting in the halves in place of Liam Finn, to grab his 12th try of a highly-productive season for the full-back.

A break by Shenton down the left side set up Oliver Holmes for a second Tigers score, with Hull-bound Marc Sneyd adding the extras again to make it 12-0.

When Clark trotted over for a try that had all stemmed from a poor kick-chase by the Vikings at the other end of the field just seconds before, the home fans greeted the ball being grounded underneath the posts with a chorus of boos.

Cheers

Yet it wasn’t long before the Widnes faithful’s jeers turned to cheers, Paddy Flynn stepping off his right foot next to the touchline to cut inside and get the hosts off the mark.

A forward pass denied Patrick Ah Van a possible try on the left wing but there was nothing wrong with Danny Galea’s second score in as many weeks, sheer power seeing him force his way over under pressure.

Danny Tickle kicked the extras for a second time to cut the gap to six, only for Castleford to strike a crucial blow just before the break through Shenton.

The centre joined Dorn on 12 league tries when he finished off a wonderful piece of skill by Sneyd, the half-back giving an example of just why the Black and Whites will fork out a six-figure fee to acquire his services from Salford as he fooled the defence by chipping over the top, instead of kicking deep on the last as Widnes had expected.

Still, the Vikings struck first after the break, Ah Van fending off Dorn to get across in the left corner, and it seemed they were set to move level when the same player picked off an errant pass to score again.

However, referee Phil Bentham ruled the winger had been offside before intercepting a ball by Dorn that looked certain to set up a team-mate, meaning the Tigers remained six ahead.

The decision, a correct one considering Ah Van had not retreated back onto his own try line, rather sucked the life out of the valiant Vikings, leading to them leaking three more tries in the final quarter.

Clark showed tremendous pace to not once but twice gallop in from long range after breaking free down the middle, his second-half brace sandwiching another effort for Shenton that saw the Castleford skipper go it alone with a dummy rather than use any of the team-mates to his left in support.

Sneyd converted all of them in his own rather quirky kicking style to finish with six goals from seven attempts and although Chris Dean did cross again for Widnes, it was merely a consolation effort. They will hope for a much different scoreline when they take on the Tigers again with a place at Wembley up for grabs.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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