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Jack Harbidge reviews the Round 11 clash between Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers at Headingley….. Here’s how the game went.

MATCH TIMELINE

Minute Scoring Play Score
3rd Try Kevin Brown (Salford) Red Devils 4-0
4th Goal Krisnan Inu (Salford) Red Devils 6-0
7th Try Niall Evalds (Salford) Red Devils 10-0
8th Goal Krisnan Inu (Salford) Red Devils 12-0
11th Try Joey Lussick (Salford) Red Devils 16-0
13th Goal Krisnan Inu (Salford) Red Devils 18-0
18th Try Danny Richardson (Castleford) Red Devils 18-4
19th Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Red Devils 18-6
24th Try Michael Shenton (Castleford) Red Devils 18-10
25th Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Red Devils 18-12
28th Try Paul McShane (Castleford) Red Devils 18-16
29th Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Red Devils 18-18
30th Try Paul McShane (Castleford) Tigers 22-18
31th Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Tigers 24-18
38th Try Luke Yates (Salford) Tigers 24-22
40th Goal Krisnan Inu (Salford) 24-24
46th Try Mike McMeeken (Castleford) Tigers 28-24
48th Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Tigers 30-24
52nd Try Rhys Williams (Salford) Tigers 30-28
54th Goal Krisnan Inu (Salford) 30-30
65th Drop Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Tigers 31-30
72nd Try Grant Millington (Castleford) Tigers 35-30
73rd Goal Danny Richardson (Castleford) Tigers 37-30

MATCH SUMMARY

1st Half

The high scoring first half was characterised by a momentum shift part way through the half which saw Castleford fight back from 18-0 down to lead at the back end of the half. Salford came out of the blocks firing with Kevin Brown, Niall Evalds and Joey Lussick all crossing within the first fifteen minutes of the game to give their side and 18-point lead while in the ascendancy heading towards the second part of the half.

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The barrage of points stoked a huge reaction from Castleford with Danny Richardson opening the scoring for the Tigers to catalyse a huge momentum swing that saw Michael Shenton cross the whitewash. Paul McShane claimed a brace, all within fifteen minutes of Richardson’s try, to put Castleford in the lead heading into half time. That wasn’t to be the case though, and Krisnan Inu levelled things up just before the half time hooter off the back of Luke Yates crashing over.

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2nd Half

The second half was surprisingly low scoring in comparison to the first, with both sides tightening up in defence and nerves coming into play going forwards for both teams. That said, Mike McMeeken put Castleford in the lead fairly early on into the half with a good support line after Danny Richardson broke from a Liam Watts offload.

Very little separated the two sides and Salford got back into the game soon after through a muscular effort from Rhys Williams, shrugging three defenders off in the process of scoring. With both kickers on point, the scores were level with under twenty minutes to go. Both sides continued to trade sets but Castleford capitalised on good territory with a cool-headed Danny Richardson slotting a drop goal to give his side a slightest of advantages.

Salford continued to battle back into the game but couldn’t capitalise on their opportunities and with seven minutes left to play, let Castleford seal the frantic game with Grant Millington going over from a Danny Richardson kick close to the line.

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GAME HIGHLIGHT

Danny Richardson produced a really well rounded performance which included everything you’d want from a half-back. He opened the scoring for Castleford with a quality kick and chase solo effort and the provided the assist for the final three tries, alongside his drop goal to provide his side with the ultimate seven-point buffer. Alongside Paul McShane, who clocked two tries and an assist of it own, the performance made for great watching.

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SQUADS

Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Inu, Welham, Inu, Kear, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Dudson, Lussick, Yates, Greenwood, McCarthy, Flanagan, Pauli, Ikahihifo, Burke, Ackers.

Castleford Tigers: O’Brien, Olpherts, Foster, Shenton, Eden, Mata’utia, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey,┬áMillington, Milner, Moors, Turner.

 

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