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1st XV - Match centre

Skipton
Castleford
Tries
T Dobson (2), J Crossland, D Price
Conversions
T Egan (4)
Penalties
T Egan (2)
Sat 2 Sep TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Bonus point win at sunny Skipton

Great to be back to league rugby and a 5 point start for Cas

The first league fixture of the new season saw Cas travel to newly promoted Skipton. It was a nice sunny day with a great pitch with two side looking to put down a marker for the season to come.
Cas kicked off the first half and the first few attacks saw some slick back play by Cas, but when Skipton conceded their first penalty Thomas Egan had no hesitation in kicking the 3 points. Cas had the lion's share of possession for the next 15 minutes but too many times there was a knock on , forward pass or a dropped ball. Skipton had the upper hand in the scrums but Cas were on top at the breakdown, Karl Del Rosario being a thorn in Skipton's side all day long securing countless turnovers.
The first try of the season came from a turnover ball which was moved quickly to the backs with Josh Riding feeding Thomas Dobson who still had a lot to do but he had the pace to outrun the defence to score under the posts; EGAN was successful with the conversion.
Scrums aside Cas were on top in the forward battle Christian HEAD and Jamie Owens leading the tackle count, Ian Mattison was feeding DOBSON and he was running some excellent lines, Cas were now starting to cause Skipton problems; it was from one of these runs that DOBSON scored his second try, racing in from 35 metres out and having to beat 5 Skipton defenders on his way to scoring again under the posts. EGAN was again successful with the conversion.
This seemed to galvanise the home side who decided to keep the ball in the forwards so the rest of the half would be a forwards battle; when the ball was sent wide Cas's defence was resolute with wings Nathan Campsill and Joe Crossland giving their opposite numbers no room or time.
Skipton kept making small gains in territory but Cas' defence kept the line un-breached, time after time Skipton got inside the 5 metre line only to knock on or get turned over, Gareth PETERS and Danny Price tackling their hearts out. The first half ended inches short of the Cas line but 0-17 was a fair reflection of the half.
Skipton's second half game plan was to use their scrum and forwards but props Alex Farnham, Luke Langstaff and James Catton were all on rotating to cover front row and 2nd row and this helped improve our scrum which got steadily better throughout the second half.
The first 20 mins were nip and tuck but Cas's defence were on top; from a line out in our 22 Cas changed the tempo and ran the ball, good hands led to Billy Westerman beating 2 men then pass to CROSSLAND who first beat his opposite number then chipped over the cover tacklers reclaimed his kick and won the race to the line to score in the corner. EGAN kicked the conversion from the touch line.
Cas with their heads up now attacked from all over the pitch. this got backs and forwards inter playing and led to the bonus point try when Danny Price backed up another mesmerising run to be on hand when unselfishly DOBSON passed to price to score under the posts. EGAN continued his perfect day from the kicking tee.
Cas continued to keep up the tempo and from a quick tap by EGAN in our 22 he raced into the Skipton 22, unfortunately this time the Cas players backing up were shadowed by Skipton players so there wasn't an offload available; as the ball was set up Cas were penalised at the ruck, Skipton taking their lead from Cas also took a quick tap and some good handling saw them score under the posts with Cas out on their feet.
Cas had finally sorted the scrum and with DEL ROSARIO still causing havoc at the breakdown Cas were awarded a penalty which EGAN slotted over with little fuss.
The last 10 minutes saw Skipton advancing slowly up the field. the Cas defence held firm, clearing their lines time after time. the final play saw a Skipton 5 metre line out mauled over for a try in the corner and with the last kick of the game Skipton's young kicker nailed the touchline kick.
Skipton 14 Cas 34.

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Thomas Egan

Player of the Match

Thomas Egan

Key moments

3:00
Penalty Thomas Egan kicks a penalty for Castleford
20:00
Try Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
21:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
30:00
Try Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
31:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
55:00
Try Joe Crossland scores for Castleford
56:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
68:00
Try Danny Price scores for Castleford
69:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
73:00
Penalty Thomas Egan kicks a penalty for Castleford

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Thomas Egan is awarded player of the match for Castleford
73:00 Penalty 0 - 34
Thomas Egan kicks a penalty for Castleford
70:00 Sub On
Nathan Tomlinson is substituted on for Castleford
70:00 Sub Off
Thomas Dobson is substituted off for Castleford
69:00 Conversion 0 - 31
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
68:00 Try 0 - 29
Danny Price scores for Castleford
56:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
55:00 Try 0 - 22
Joe Crossland scores for Castleford
40:00 Sub On
Luke Langstaff is substituted on for Castleford
40:00 Sub Off
Phil Smith is substituted off for Castleford
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
30:00 Try 0 - 15
Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
21:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
20:00 Try 0 - 8
Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
3:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Thomas Egan kicks a penalty for Castleford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Skipton
  • Castleford
  • 0
  • Thomas Egan Penalty 3:00'
  • Thomas Dobson Try 20:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 21:00'
  • Thomas Dobson Try 30:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 31:00'
  • Luke Langstaff Sub On 40:00'
  • Phil Smith Sub Off 40:00'
  • Joe Crossland Try 55:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 56:00'
  • Danny Price Try 68:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 69:00'
  • Nathan Tomlinson Sub On 70:00'
  • Thomas Dobson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Thomas Egan Penalty 73:00'

Team selection

Westerman, Billy Westerman, Billy
Crossland, Joe Crossland, Joe
Riding, Josh Riding, Josh
Dobson, Thomas Dobson, Thomas
Campsill, Nathan Campsill, Nathan
Mattison, Ian Mattison, Ian
Egan, Thomas Egan, Thomas
Del Rosario, Karl Del Rosario, Karl
Price, Danny Price, Danny
Peters, G Peters, G
Smith, Phil Smith, Phil
Head, Christian Head, Christian
Catton, James Catton, James
Owens, Jamie Owens, Jamie
 Farnham, Alex Farnham, Alex

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Northallerton 25 109
2. Old Otliensians 25 102
3. Wensleydale 26 80
4. Leeds Modernians 26 71
5. Castleford 26 65
6. Aireborough 25 63
7. Hemsworth 26 63

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