Official Match Report
Castleford Tigers scored 18 second-half points without reply to claim a 24-6 victory at struggling Salford Red Devils and climb to third in Betfred Super League.
Jake Webster scored two tries for Daryl Powell’s side - who have lost just one of their last seven matches.
FT: Salford Red Devils 6-24 Castleford Tigers— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) 13 July 2018
A better second half performance sees the Tigers pull away and claim the win at the AJ Bell Stadium. pic.twitter.com/fJypRtXDBW
Castleford opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Greg Eden’s kick on the last tackle bounced kindly for Grant Millington and the ball was worked to the right edge via Quentin Laula-Togagae for Jake Webster to score a try which Paul McShane converted.
Salford got off the mark six minutes before half-time when winger Jake Bibby was quickest to react to a kick to the corner by Ed Chamberlain, launching himself full length to ground the ball before it rolled dead on the slippery surface. Chamberlain levelled the scores with a superb conversion off the touchline.
72: McShane converts from the touchline.— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) 13 July 2018
Salford 6-24 Tigers pic.twitter.com/kmHYaGmWpC
Castleford took control of the game with two converted tries in quick succession through Michael Shenton and Webster's second of the night from close range before Kieran Gill crossed over and McShane added the extras.
Salford coach Ian Watson said: "I thought it was a positive response from us on the back of the defeat at Hull KR last week. We did really well in the first half but Castleford did the same thing to us in the second half and I thought Paul McShane's kicking game was the difference for them.
Full-time: Salford Red Devils 6-24 Castleford Tigers.— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) 13 July 2018
The Red Devils fall to defeat after Jake Webster crossed for a second try alongside scores from Michael Shenton and Kieran Gill.
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"We are in a tough situation but it's a good opportunity for a lot of players to gain some Super League experience which will be good for us and them going forward."
Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "It was a tough game and conditions dictated that a bit - they were awkward and slippery. Salford were really good today and defended aggressively and were tough to break down. They controlled the first half.
Not only does that win confirm our top four finish ahead of the Super 8s but it was Daryl Powell's 100th win as Castleford Tigers coach! What an achievement!! pic.twitter.com/s5CRQvwXRz— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) 13 July 2018
"We had to change our mentality for the second half and the game flipped. We changed our attitude and we will have to step up again in the next two weeks."
|18||try||Try scored for Castleford by Jake Webster||0-4|
|19||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Paul McShane||0-6|
|34||try||Try scored for Salford by Jake Bibby||4-6|
|35||goal||Goal scored for Salford by Ed Chamberlain||6-6|
|48||try||Try scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton||6-10|
|49||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Paul McShane||6-12|
|52||try||Try scored for Castleford by Jake Webster||6-16|
|53||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Paul McShane||6-18|
|71||try||Try scored for Castleford by Kieran Gill||6-22|
|72||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Paul McShane||6-24|