LiveFull-time: Castleford Tigers 32 Bradford Bulls 18

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5:14pm

Castleford Tigers 32 Bradford Bulls 18

LEE Gaskell scored a superb hat-trick but it was not enough to hand the Bulls a fourth straight Super League win as Castleford returned to winning ways.

Eight days after their Challenge Cup final defeat at the hands of Leeds Rhinos at Wembley, Daryl Powell’s men made a blistering start.

Tries from former Bradford skipper Andy Lynch, James Clare and Luke Dorn put them 18-0 up before Gaskell replied for the visitors with his first try in the 34th minute.

Castleford skipper Michael Shenton then capitalised on some shambolic defending to add a fourth home try on the stroke of half-time and Marc Sneyd’s goal made it 24-6.

Yet Bradford – inspired by Gaskell – roused themselves as the former St Helens man again finished neatly from close range before completing his hat-trick after leaving Dorn for dead.

Gale converted both tries to make it 24-18 by the 54th minute but a brilliant long-range effort from Tigers’ hooker Daryl Clark ensured the hosts’ victory.

Clark collected possession from a quick penalty tap near his own 20-metre line before haring down the right channel, outpacing a clutch of Bradford defenders before diving over the line.

A penalty from Sneyd confirmed Castleford’s victory late on while Lynch was named man of the match after a fine display.

5:11pm

Sneyd penalty has put Cas home and dry at 32-18....

4:58pm

Is there time for Lee Gaskell to produce some more magic of his own? Another Bulls try now would set up a grandstand finish...

4:56pm

Sneyd kicks the goal to make it 30-18...

4:54pm

TRY from Daryl Clark - a brilliant long-range effort - might just have put this game beyodn the Bulls... 28-18 with kick to come...

4:52pm

Bulls go agonisingly close but Fakir knocks on from Gale's last-tackle grubber... still 24-18...

4:46pm

Gale converts so it's 24-18... 25 minutes left.

4:46pm

HAT-TRICK for Lee Gaskell who leaves Luke Dorn for dead as he completes a superb treble!! Gale will convert, very much game on now.

4:40pm

Bulls forced to drop out after pressure from Castleford... a Liam Finn kick causing the problems.. still 24-12...

4:34pm

Gale converts to make it 24-12... Game on??

4:32pm

TRY for Lee Gaskell, who showed neat footwork to weave his way over. How good will this guy be in the Championship?

4:31pm

We are underway in the second half... Cas lead 24-6....

4:16pm

TRY for Cas on stroke of HT as Shenton goes past Brett Kearney to score after a formidable run by Nathan Massey. Sneyd should convert and he does. 24-6 at half-time.

4:07pm

TRY for Lee Gaskell, who scythes through the Cas defence to score... Bulls finally have a foothold in the game.

4:03pm

In off a post for Sneyd's conversion and it's 18-0...

4:02pm

TRY number three for Cas as Luke Dorn finishes off from Michael Shenton's delightful offload. 16-0 with kick to come.

3:56pm

Danny Addy on for Adam Sidlow... still 12-0... Cas probing... denied a third as Daryl Clark is held up...

3:55pm

Cas penalty after Blythe caught Luke Dorn with a late high shot....

3:54pm

Tom Olbison on for Dale Ferguson in the second row...

3:53pm

Meanwhile, Matty Blythe and Jamal Fakir on for Donaldson and Manuokafoa...

3:52pm

The Bulls were guilty of crossing and no score is given... still 12-0...
 

3:52pm

Dale Ferguson goes over in the right corner but no try is awarded...

3:48pm

Adam Henry makes a fine break inside the right channel but Luke Gale cannot control his inside pass... Cas scrum... still 12-0....

3:46pm

Expertly converted by Sneyd. 12-0 to Cas, who have been the better side so far...

3:44pm

TRY... James Clare finishes off a fine flowing move to dive over in the left corner. 10-0 with the kick to come...

3:42pm

Neat pass from Luke Gale almost slips Dale Ferguson in but Cas defend well and now have a penalty...

3:41pm

Castleford have made a vibrant start here but the Bulls are generally establishing a foothold on proceedings... still 6-0...

3:36pm

TRY as Andy Lynch crashes over from close range and Marc Sneyd adds the extras... 6-0...

3:33pm

3:33pm

3:29pm

We are about to get underway here...

3:09pm

3:04pm

 

1 BRETT KEARNEY…

 

38 DANNY WILLIAMS…

 

21 ADAM HENRY…

 

34 JOE ARUNDEL…

 

20 LUKE GEORGE…

 

17 LEE GASKELL…

 

7 LUKE GALE…

 

14 MANASE MANUOKAFOA…

 

19 ADAM O’BRIEN…

 

15 ADAM SIDLOW…

 

12 DALE FERGUSON…

 

33 JAY PITTS…

 

18 JAMES DONALDSON…

 

Interchange:

 

11 Tom Olbison…

 

4 Matty Blythe…

 

30 Jamal Fakir…

 

16 Danny Addy…

 

2:57pm

2:45pm

Interchange: Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Channing

2:45pm

Castleford: Dorn, Dixon, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Sneyd, Finn, Jewitt, Clark, Lynch, Holmes, Hauraki, Massey

2:45pm

Interchange: Olbison, Blythe, Fakir, Addy

2:44pm

Bulls: Kearney, George, Henry, Arundel, Williams, Gaskell, Gale, Manuokafoa, O'Brien, Sidlow, Ferguson, Pitts, Donaldson

2:05pm

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1:42pm

Welcome to Wheldon Road for today's clash between the Bulls and Castleford...

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