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Castleford overcome Halifax

Castleford have emerged 20-10 victors against Halifax in Round 2 Friday Super League action after the scores were level 8-all in a hard fought encounter.
Castleford overcome Halifax
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Castleford have emerged 20-10 victors against Halifax in Round 2 Friday Super League action after the scores were level 8-all in a hard fought encounter. It was the Tigers experience and the class of Danny Orr that got them home during the second half where they piled on 12 points in eight minutes of play.

Wayne Bartrim opened the scoring for Castleford with a penalty goal but it was Halifax who scored the opening try through Dane Dorahy, who also converted his own try.

Ryan Hudson engineered Castleford's opening try on 32 minutes when he slice through the Halifax defence to put Francis Maloney in to level up the scores. Bartrim's conversion was successful with Castleford up 8-6.

Another penalty goal to Dorahy before halftime and one soon after the break pushed the home side into an unlikely 10-8 lead after 50 minutes of play.

Damian Gibson regained Castleford's lead when Darren Rogers tapped a bomb straight into Gibson's arms to score. Castleford lead 12-8 and it was soon 14-8 when Orr slotted a penalty goal.

The final try of the night was scored by Wayne Godwin when Michael Smith threw a superb pass to Mark Lennon to streak away and the pass inside to Godwin saw him cross for the match-winner.

Halifax were gallant in defeat but the young side couldn't hang on against a more seasoned outfit.

Castleford coach Graham Steadman said, "To get four points out of four is very pleasing, and once again it was our defensive effort which won us the match.

"Halifax are a quality side, and I cannot understand why the pundits say they are going to struggle this season. I don't think they will be in the relegation battle."

Most pundits tipped Halifax to be relegated at the end of this season with their squad ripped apart due to financial troubles. The youngsters displayed the club has hope for the future and with coach Tony Anderson insisting the club at least deserves respect.

Anderson said, "Everyone was writing us off at the start of the season. But Castleford are said to be a top-four side and they have been in a real game tonight.

"We deserve respect after that performance. The effort and commitment was there. But we went away from the game plan, having controlled the game for long periods, and that caused us to self-destruct."


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