Super League: High-flying Castleford Tigers crush London Broncos
Last Updated: 03/08/14 6:26pm
Justin Carney: Added three tries to his 2014 tally
Castleford moved to within two points of the First Utility Super League summit with 64-18 thrashing of London Broncos at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Justin Carney scored a first-half hat-trick for the Tigers, Luke Dorn and Kirk Dixon each grabbed a brace of tries and five other players also crossed the line during a crushing 12-try win.
High-flying Castleford join Wigan and Leeds on 32 points while the already-relegated Broncos are running out of time to clinch their first win of the season.
The Tigers laid an early marker with a strong defensive set and almost took the lead in the fifth minute, only good covering defence by the Broncos preventing Ashley Gibson from touching down in the corner.
London worked their way into the contest and actually hit the front on nine minutes when Olsi Krasniqi took a short ball from Josh Drinkwater and rounded Dorn to score under the posts.
The Tigers' response was emphatic, Dixon defusing a high kick in his own in-goal and taking a quick tap before feeding former London man Dorn, who raced 70 metres to the Broncos line.
Erjon Dollapi came off the bench to aid London's cause and he made an immediate impact as he took a pass from Drinkwater and crashed over, with Drinkwater’s second conversion making it 12-6 to the visitors.
But the capital club's advantage again lasted only a matter of minutes, Carney touching down after London failed to deal with Liam Finn's low kick.
Carney watched last week's draw at Hull from the sidelines but made up for lost time as he crossed twice more within nine minutes to break London's spirit
Marc Sneyd laid on his next try with an inch-perfect kick before the imposing winger completed his treble after a typically barnstorming run to the corner.
Finn booted a 40/20 to deepen London's woes and that gave the Tigers the field position to go in for their fifth try of the afternoon through Scott Wheeldon, who finished things off after good work by Jamie Ellis.
London had a try chalked off for obstruction at the start of the second period and things went from bad to worse when Michael Shenton took a good pass from Sneyd to cross.
Garreth Carvell powered his way over from close range and Frankie Mariano got on the outside of his man to touch down, before Dixon got in on the act after collecting Finn's clever kick.
Dorn completed his brace following a break by Gibson and Dixon did likewise from Ellis' pinpoint kick.
Adam Milner then scored a try from the restart, the move beginning with Carney inside the Tigers 20 and proving to be the highlight of a one-sided match. Sneyd completed the Tigers’ scoring by dlotting over his eighth goal.
The impressive Mike McMeeken went over late on for the Broncos but the afternoon belonged to Castleford as they stretched their unbeaten run to six matches.
First Utility Super League
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield 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 Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield 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
Super League 2014, Round 23
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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson hailed a 'near perfect' first half display after they beat Wakefield 36-18.
Widnes beat Hull KR 28-10 to tighten their grip on the final First Utility Super League play-off place.
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