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Youngquest hat-trick adds to Widnes woes

Nick Youngquest scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford returned to winning ways, but rock-bottom Widnes woes continued at the PROBIZ Coliseum with another Stobart Super League loss.
Youngquest hat-trick adds to Widnes woes
by NRL

Nick Youngquest scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford returned to winning ways, but rock-bottom Widnes woes continued at the PROBIZ Coliseum with another Stobart Super League loss.

The Tigers had lost their last three matches, including a demoralising defeat to Featherstone in the Carnegie Challenge Cup, but they were the better side in a scrappy encounter.

The gap was just two points at the interval but second-half tries from Jordan Thompson, three from Youngquest and Daryl Clark's second of the afternoon condemned the Vikings to their sixth consecutive defeat.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts can take solace in the fact his side were competitive for large spells, but their much-maligned defence was exploited several times.

Brett Ferres thought he had opened the scoring for Castleford after bursting past Stefan Marsh to touch down, but referee Steve Ganson ruled the centre had been held up.

Widnes loose forward Simon Finnigan suffered a leg injury in the build-up and his afternoon was curtailed when he was stretchered off the field.

The Vikings, who had conceded 262 points in their last five matches, were showing signs of indiscipline, with the penalty count racking up early on, and Ben Cross gave away another for obstructing Ferres deep in his own territory.

Although Richie Owen was held up on the right, the ball was quickly spread back across the field for Ferres to cross in the left corner.

However, with their first real opportunity, the visitors levelled when Joe Mellor's short kick to the right was pouched by Paddy Flynn, who outjumped opposite number Youngquest to touch down, with Rhys Hanbury scoring the conversion.

Both sides had chances, but Castleford slowly started to take the initiative and only a tremendous last-gasp tackle prevented Josh Griffin from scoring after Danny Orr had made the breakaway.

The ball was quickly passed to Clark on the left and, although he crossed, the video referee ruled there had been a double movement.

Clark would not be denied a second time, however, and exploited a gap in the Widnes defence from dummy half for his side's second try.

Orr added the extras to give the Tigers a 10-6 lead, but Widnes scrum-half Hanbury kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to narrow the gap to just two points.

A rather scrappy start to the second half ensued, with both sides guilty of committing several handling errors in key areas.

However, Thompson extended Castleford's lead by spinning away from two Widnes defenders before scampering over from 30 metres.

Widnes' situation was worsened when Hanbury's grubber fell to Ferres and he passed to Youngquest, who sprinted the length of the field to touch down, with Craig Huby adding the extras after Orr had left the field due to a back injury.

Youngquest added his second from Ferres' high cut-out pass and registered his hat-trick on the left to give Castleford a 30-8 lead as the Vikings threatened to completely capitulate.

Clark then added his second, bursting over unchallenged, and Griffin added the conversion before Marsh ended Widnes' woeful second half with a flourish by crossing on the right.




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