Super League: Castleford Tigers 20-6 London Broncos

Tuoyo Egodo

Betfred Super League
Castleford Tigers (4) 20
Tries: Egodo 2, Holmes, O’Neill Goals: Ellis 2
London Broncos (6) 6
Tries: Lamb Goals: Dixon

Castleford moved back into the play-off spots after fighting back to beat Super League’s bottom side London Broncos.

The Broncos, a side battling to avoid an immediate return to the Championship, led 6-4 at the break, with Brock Lamb’s converted try putting them ahead before Tuoyo Egodo hit back.

Oliver Holmes touched down three minutes into the second half to put the hosts ahead for the first time.

Jacques O’Neill’s try and a second from Egodo completed Tigers’ win.

Daryl Powell’s Castleford side move above Catalans Dragons and back into fifth in the table, having slipped out of the play-off spots with their golden-point defeat by relegation-threatened Hull KR a week earlier.

The Tigers, however, can be leapfrogged by Salford if they beat Huddersfield on Sunday.

London’s 17th defeat of the season leaves them two points adrift at the bottom of the table with four games remaining.

Early on in West Yorkshire it was Castleford who struggled in greasy, wet conditions as handling errors and poor discipline invited London to take advantage.

And Lamb made the play-off chasing Tigers pay, going over for the first points of the game after Luke Yates did the damage with a bustling run up the middle.

Kieran Dixon’s ensuing conversion was all that separated the two sides at the break as Egodo finished a fine cross-field move, diving over in the corner for the Tigers’ only points of the half.

Dixon had a chance to add to the advantage with the last kick of the first half, but was off target with his penalty attempt.

Castleford were quick to take the lead in the second half, Jake Trueman making a break before setting England international back-rower Holmes free to dash over.

O’Neill, the 20-year-old Tigers academy graduate who two days earlier signed a new one-year deal, then grabbed his first Super League try before Egodo went over for his eighth score of the season to seal victory.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell:

“We just need to relax and find a way of enjoying ourselves on the field because we’re certainly not at the moment.

“We played on a Saturday night, the crowd was low and it wasn’t a great atmosphere. We certainly didn’t help that.

“Overall we’ve just got to find some energy and a way of enjoying ourselves on the field again. I think that’d really help us.

“We let ourselves down against Hull KR and I went after that a little bit which I don’t think helped through the week.

“It’s tight there and we’ve got a tough run-in. I can see why players are a little bit nervous.”

London Broncos head coach Danny Ward:

“I’m obviously disappointed with the result. We put ourselves in a good position at half-time and it just got away from us in a 10-to-15-minute period in that second half.

“They ramped it up a little bit and came down our edges with some tempo and scored a couple of tries.

“With our errors and the penalties we gave away we just gave ourselves too much to do against a very good side.

“But we showed enough fight, resilience and toughness to leave the place quite happy, knowing that we’re in a decent spot and we’ll be alright.”

Castleford Tigers: Rankin; Clare, Mata’utia, Blair, Egodo; Trueman, Ellis; Clarkson, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey.

Replacements: Sene-Lefao, Maher, O’Neill, Smith.

London Broncos: Walker; Dixon, Fleming, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Lamb; Mason, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Adebiyi, Yates.

Replacements: Battye, Ioane, Fozard, Krasniqi.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas (RFL).

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