|Betfred Super League|
|Widnes (18) 24|
|Tries: Ah Van 2, Hanbury, Hansen Goals: Ah Van, Inu 3|
|Castleford (28) 52|
|Tries: Eden 3, Trueman, Laulu-Togaga’e 2, Holmes, Clark, Milner Goals: Ellis 8|
Greg Eden’s hat-trick helped Castleford Tigers into the Super 8s section of the Super League in third place after a convincing win at bottom-side Widnes.
Cas’ devastating four-try, seven-minute first-half spell turned the game and established a 28-18 half-time lead after Widnes had led early on.
The Tigers scored four tries after the break to bring up the 50-point mark, and secure a third win in four games.
Defeat means Widnes have now lost their past 16 Super League games.
Daryl Powell’s Castleford finished the 2017 regular season as far and away the stand-out team in Super League, and despite not quite reaching the same heights in 2018, they still finish the 23-game stage ensconced in the top four.
Hooker Paul McShane was an influence throughout, with some smart play key to tries for Eden, Oliver Holmes and half-back Jake Trueman.
In addition full-back Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e added two scores to his tally while prop Mitch Clark got his first score in Black and Amber.
The only sour note for Castleford was the sight of full-back Peter Mata’utia limping on his debut.
Patrick Ah Van scored two tries for Widnes while debutant Harrison Hansen crossed in his first appearance following a midweek move from Leigh.
Widnes coach Francis Cummins:
“It will depend on when we go but we are where we are and we were always going to get things dictated to us because of our league position.
“What we have to do is go to those places and win. Other teams have done it so why can’t we?
“Liam [Finn – new signing] went well but I’m not happy with the intercept at the end and I know he won’t be. We were throwing big ones as we tried to get back at them and that didn’t pay off. Liam is an experienced player and we need that around us.
“Harrison was good. He’s a very aggressive player and that’s why I brought him in. He gave us some grunt.”
Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell:
“I don’t think we started great or finished great but in between there was outstanding rugby league played.
“We conceded a few soft tries, in particularly the first one but in the second half when we applied ourselves – we put the game to bed.
“We’ll have a bit of a breather now and then into the Super 8s. We have four days off now. The players deserve a few beers tonight. We will chill out and then get back on it.”
Castleford Tigers: Hanbury; Ah Van, Whitley, Inu, Ince; Mellor, Finn; J. Chapelhow, D. Walker, Olbison, Dean, Hansen, Hauraki.
Replacements: Craven, Leuluai, T. Chapelhow, Farnworth.
Castleford: Laulu-Togagae; Clare, Mata’utia, Shenton, Eden; Ellis, Trueman; Watts, McShane, Massey, Holmes, McMeeken, Milner.
Replacements: Moors, Sene-Lefao, Clark, Turner.
Referee: Liam Moore (RFL)