Classy Cas run riot again, Wakefield late show sinks Salford

By Christopher Devine 13 March 2017
Classy Cas run riot again, Wakefield late show sinks Salford

The phenomenal form of Greg Minikin and Greg Eden continued as Super League's great entertainers, Castleford Tigers, maintained their 100 per cent start to the 2017 season with a resounding 34-0 victory at Widnes Vikings.

The Tigers have been lauded for their eye-catching displays at the beginning of the campaign - a 66-10 thrashing of Leeds Rhinos last week, which featured hat-tricks for Minikin and Eden, earning particularly high praise.

And although Widnes started strongly at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday, the Vikings were ultimately blown away as Castleford produced another devastating exhibition of attacking play to reclaim top spot from Wigan Warriors.

Minikin and Eden each crossed twice and both men now boast eight tries this term.

Following a scoreless opening quarter, Daryl Powell's men seized control with 22 unanswered points before the interval, a brace for Minikin preceding touchdowns for Michael Shenton - the 100th of the experienced centre's career - and Eden.

Matt Cook and Eden then went over in the second half, Luke Gale converting five of his side's six tries to ensure Cas took their points tally to 174 from four matches.

Sunday's other match saw Wakefield Trinity edge out Salford Red Devils 24-22 in a thrilling finish. Both sides gave up 10-point leads, with Reece Lyne's second try - in the 78th minute - levelling the scores before Sam Williams nailed a decisive touchline conversion.

In his programme notes ahead of the game, Wakefield chairman Michael Carter revealed the club will leave their Belle Vue home at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Jodie Broughton and Greg Bird will each undergo surgery next week after picking up injuries in Catalans Dragons' 46-10 defeat to Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Thursday.

Broughton faces four to six months out with a torn biceps, while former Australia and New South Wales forward Bird is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after breaking a thumb.

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