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Sunday 3rd August 2014, 15:30 - Round:23
|Luke Dorn 2, Justin Carney 3, Scott Wheeldon, Michael Shenton, Garreth Carvell, Frankie Mariano, Kirk Dixon 2, Adam Milner,||T||Olsi Krasniqi, Erjon Dollapi, Mike McMeeken,|
Marc Sneyd 8,
Josh Drinkwater 3,
Attendance: 5,233 Official: J Cobb Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle
Justin Carney scored a first-half hat-trick as Castleford Tigers moved to within two points of the First Utility Super League summit with an emphatic 64-18 victory over already-relegated London Broncos.
Carney watched last week’s draw at Hull FC from the sidelines and he made up for lost time against a Broncos outfit seemingly destined to end the season without a win to their name.
The Australian crossed three times during a nine-minute purple patch to break London’s spirit after they had got off to a promising start.
The visitors led 12-6 after early tries from Olis Krasniqi and Erjon Dollapi but had no answer to the Tigers after Carney’s intervention.
Castleford crossed 12 times in all to join Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos on 32 points.
The Tigers laid an early marker with a strong defensive set and almost took the lead in the fifth minute, only good covering defence by the Broncos preventing Ashley Gibson from touching down in the corner.
London worked their way into the contest and hit the front on nine minutes when Krasniqi took a short ball from Josh Drinkwater and rounded Luke Dorn to score under the posts.
The Tigers’ response was emphatic, Kirk Dixon defusing a high kick in his own in-goal and taking a quick tap before feeding former London man Dorn, who raced 70 metres to the Broncos line.
Dollapi came off the bench to aid London’s cause and he made an immediate impact as he took a pass from Drinkwater and crashed over.
The capital club’s advantage again lasted only a matter of minutes, Carney touching down after London failed to deal with Liam Finn’s low kick.
Marc Sneyd laid on Carney’s next try with an inch-perfect kick before the imposing winger completed his treble after a typically barnstorming run to the corner.
Finn booted a 40/20 to deepen London’s woes and that gave the Tigers the field position to go in for their fifth try of the afternoon through Scott Wheeldon on the back of good work by Jamie Ellis.
London had a try chalked off for obstruction at the start of the second period and things went from bad to worse when Michael Shenton took a good pass from Sneyd to cross.
Garreth Carvell powered his way over from close range and Frankie Mariano got on the outside of his man to touch down, before Dixon got in on the act after collecting Finn’s clever kick.
Dorn completed his brace following a break by Gibson and Dixon did likewise from Ellis’ pinpoint kick, with Adam Milner’s try from the restart which began with Carney inside the Tigers 20 the highlight of a one-sided match.
The impressive Mike McMeeken went over late on for the Broncos but the afternoon belonged to Castleford as they stretched their unbeaten run to six matches.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals