Castleford Tigers: Orr signs off with deserved victory

Hull KR's Josh Hodgson is brought down.
Hull KR's Josh Hodgson is brought down.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS’ caretaker coach Danny Orr went out the way he came in, with a victory at WC Stadium.

Daryl Powell, who is leaving Featherstone Rovers and will be confirmed as Tigers’ new boss on Tuesday, has something to build on following a 32-24 win over Hull KR which lifted Cas two places to the dizzy heights of 12th in Super League.

That was Orr’s second victory from four games in charge and considering they’ve only won three all season, he’s done a creditable job.

It was a much better game than could have been expected, given both sides’ recent form, but Cas were deserved victors despite conceding at the start of each half.

Rovers third try came just 10 seconds after half-time, the ball bouncing to Mickey Paea, who picked up and put Liam Salter over.

That moved them ahead for the third – and last – time in a contest which veered from end to end, though Cas, boosted by a hefty penalty count in their favour, applied most of the pressure.

Justin Carney is a player Powell is likely to enjoy working with.

He needs to control his temperament, but he’s good to watch and his two tries yesterday were crucial.

The bulky winger would prefer to go through opponents than round them, but he went in and out to leave the Rovers defence flat-footed for his opener yesterday which – once Jamie Ellis had converted after the hooter – made it all square at the break, off good hands by Rangi Chase and Jordan Tansey.

The second was more direct, Carney diving over at the corner from Chase’s long pass to finally put daylight between the teams.

Cas had trailed twice in the opening period, Rovers taking the lead after just two minutes when Rhys Lovegrove crossed and Michael Dobson landed the first of his four conversions.

Ryan Boyle crashed over after some magic near the line by Chase, Ellis goaling, but Tigers couldn’t find a way through after five sets in Rovers’ 20 and the visitors counter-attacked for Salter to go over.

Tigers kept plugging away and deserved to go into the break level.

After a try on the final play of the first half came one on the first play of the second, but to their credit Cas responded the right way to dominate the rest of the game.

Michael Shenton got them back into it with an unconverted try after picking up a rebound off David Hodgson.

Then Jon Walker – whose brother Adam started at prop for Rovers – crawled over to give them the lead for the first time, Ellis goaling.

Carney’s second opened an eight-point gap before Tansey scorched over for a great solo finish, improved by Ellis, to make it 32-18.

Omari Caro intercepted a Chase pass to race the length of the field, but that was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors. Weller Hauraki had a big game for Tigers, but went off injured in the final moments.

castleford tigers: Tansey, Carney, Shenton, Thompson, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Mason, Clark, Boyle, Holmes, Hauraki, Massey. Subs (all used): J Walker, Milner, Huby, Gilmour.

hull kingston rovers: Hall, Caro, Salter, George, D Hodgson, Burns, Dobson, A Walker, Carlile, Beaumont, Lovegrove, J Hodgson, Mika. Subs (all used): Paea, Cox, Green, Griffin.

Referee: Tim Roby (Preston).

Attendance: 6,474.

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