Super League: Rangi Chase stars as Castleford Tigers beat Bradford
Last Updated: 18/08/13 6:30pm
Castleford's Kirk Dixon and Weller Hauraki combine to stop Bradford's Keith Lulia
Rangi Chase put on a stellar performance as Castleford beat Bradford 46-34 to end the Bulls' slim hopes of making the Super League play-offs.
The Tigers withstood a late onslaught to secure a nailbiting victory which means both Hull and Hull KR finish in the top eight, as the Bulls miss out on the post-season for the fifth successive year.
Trailing 40-24, Bradford struck back with late tries from Elliot Kear and Danny Addy to cut the gap to just six points, before Jamie Ellis' try in the last move of the game finally settled a 14-try thriller.
Jarrod Sammut scored two of the Bulls' six tries to help offset the absence of Luke Gale, who was a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury, but was overshadowed by another mercurial performance from Chase in front of watching England coach Steve McNamara.
Bradford looked especially dangerous in the opening stages, with winger Jamie Foster bundled into touch just short of the line before Sammut took Manase Manuokafoa's offload to scoot over for the opening try, his 17th of the campaign which Foster goaled.
Sammut looked to have scored a second, only to have his effort ruled out for a forward pass, and Castleford stormed back with three tries in 10 minutes, with Chase inevitably at the heart of all of them.
Right winger Kirk Dixon collected the stand-off's kick over the Bradford defence to touch down before Chase combined with Grant Millington to get hooker Adam Milner over for the first of his two tries.
Dixon's conversion brought up the 1,000th point of his career and he was also on target after more magic from Chase deep inside his own half got his captain Michael Shenton into space and blockbusting winger Justin Carney produced a trademark finish to the 70-metre move for his 18th try of the season.
Bradford halted their opponents' momentum when full-back Brett Kearney took an offload from Addy as the Castleford defence hesitated to score their second try and, as they piled on the pressure, both hooker Adam O'Brien and centre Keith Lulia were held up over the line.
Milner scored his second try on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a break by the dangerous Clark, and Dixon's third goal made it 22-12.
As the game continued to flow from end to end, Bulls prop Nick Scruton kept his side well in contention by displaying some neat footwork to score his second try of the season and Foster kicked his third goal.
Chase then mesmerised the visitors' defence with a series of dummies before slicing through for a solo try and produced a delightful kick for full-back Jordan Tansey to touch down.
Dixon's fifth goal extended his side's lead to 34-18 but Sammut scored his second from the re-start to keep Bradford in touch.
Castleford were reduced to 12 men on 68 minutes when substitute Charlie Martin was sin-binned for unsportsmanlike conduct in preventing a quick 20-metre re-start but forward Nathan Massey extended his side's lead with a 70th-minute try.
The Bulls threatened to have the final say when Kear and Addy went over for tries in the last five minutes, but as it was Tigers scrum-half Ellis finished off the last move of the match.
First Utility Super League
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield Giants24 - 24Leeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC24 - 20Salford Red Devils
St Helens44 - 4Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors60 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves22 - 20Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers36 - 28Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red DevilsvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Super League 2013, round 25
Hull KR have signed Canterbury Bulldogs half-back Kris Keating on a three-year deal.
Widnes ban two fans for life over crowd disturbance during Hull defeat.
Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane will stay in charge next season after the club exercised a one-year option in his deal.
- Donaldson signs Bulls deal
- Hansen: I'm staying a Warrior
- Frustration for Cummins
- Brown critical despite victory
- Saints continue hot streak
- Wane challenges Wigan players
- Dragons send Warriors packing
- Anderson pleased with points
- Giants see off sprited Broncos
- Gentle turns focus to Wembley
- Sandercock: Defence was huge
- Westerman gives Hull the win
- Rampant Rovers stun Rhinos
- Wildcats v Saints: Teams
- Tigers v Bulls: Teams
- Widnes will name and shame
- Dragons v Warriors: Teams
- Broncos v Giants: Teams
- Vikings leave Wolves stunned
- Rhinos v Hull KR: Teams
- Crookes handed Hull lifeline
- Wolves v Vikings: Teams
- Wigan stars to face Dragons