Super League: Castleford refused to be denied by Dragons earning a 17-17 draw
Last Updated: 24/02/13 6:14pm
A Gareth O'Brien drop goal rescued a point for Castleford as they drew 17-17 with Catalan Dragons at the Wish Communications Stadium.
The Tigers trailed three times but held a 16-12 lead heading into the final quarter before a Damien Blanch try put Dragons in front.
But O'Brien matched Thomas Bosc's one-pointer from 20-yards to earn a share of the points.
The visitors dominated early on after Grant Millington spilled the ball when it looked like he was clean through, but were beaten back by a reslient home defence.
However, the relentless pressure paid of on 26 minutes when Vincent Duport crossed in the corner with Bosc adding the extras.
But to Castleford's credit, substitute Jordan Thompson made an instant impact after coming on by picking a hole in the Dragons defence to cross under the posts with his first touch of the ball.
Jamie Ellis levelled the scores but his side could not go on from there and it was the Dragons who took a 12-6 half-time lead after Louis Anderson shrugged off Jordan Tansey to go over.
The start of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with the Dragons very much on the front foot but unable to find a gap in Castleford's robust defence.
Ian Millward's side were always in the game though and Millington burst into open space before passing to Michael Shenton and he held off the challenge of Steve Menzies to go over in the right corner.
Nathan Massey then looked to have put the Tigers ahead for the first time in the match when he profited from Daryl Millard's slip to touch down from Shenton's grubber.
However, referee James Childs - who was already unpopular with the home fans over several decisions - risked further ire by ruling Massey offside.
They would not be denied and sensed a weakness down Catalans' left-wing, with Weller Hauraki providing the initial break before Dixon went over.
Ellis added the extras to give the Tigers a 16-12 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes, but predictably the Dragons immediately went on the offensive and Blanch went over in the right corner.
Bosc and Tigers stand-off O'Brien traded drop goals to set up a thrilling finale and although both teams had their chance to claim victory, they had to settle for a hard-earned point.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round four
The World Club Challenge took centre stage over the weekend with champions Leeds taking on Melbourne.
Salford City Reds finally managed their first win of the season, with a thrilling comeback against Hull KR.
Jermaine McGillvary's hat-trick helped Huddersfield earn their fourth straight win of the season, 18-16 at Wakefield.