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1st XV - Match centre

Castleford
Wensleydale
T Dobson (2), D Price, N Campsill, C Head
Tries
T Egan (3)
Conversions
Penalty Try
Sat 23 Sep TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Cas 34 Wensleydale 27

VP's treated to a cracker

Saturday saw Castleford's VP lunch, old players reunited all wanting to see a good game of rugby, they were not to be disappointed.
Cas had started the season playing some good rugby but knew this week would be a stern test.
Cas started brightly with the forwards dominating possession and scrum half Chris Mchale releasing the backs to test out the opposition defence. Wensleydale were tackling strongly and space was hard to come by. Adam Brown and Jamie Owens led from the front and were running the ball in hard however the sides were cancelling each other out. Cas didn't have it all their own way and some big hits from CHRISTIAN HEAD and GARETH PETERS stopped the opposition making too much ground. The first score came on 9 mins when Cas were penalised and the opposition had no hesitation in kicking the first 3 points of the afternoon.
Cas kept to the game plan and it took hard work and time to break through the dogged defence. Thomas Dobson picked a superb angle to come onto a flowing attack and raced in to score in the corner. The conversion from the touchline went agonisingly to the side of the sticks.
Wensleydale came straight back at Cas and spent the next 5 minutes camped just outside the Cas 22 however another penalty was awarded against Cas and this too was kicked to put the visitors back in the lead.
Cas seemed to come alive after this and some quick attacking ball was putting pressure on Wensleydale. MCHALE put in an exquisite cross field kick which Danny Price was on the end of to score. TOM EGAN was back on song with the conversion.
EGAN was soon making a darting break and was about to get tackled when he offloaded to NATHAN CAMPSIL who's was backing up like all good wingers do, to score his first try of the season. EGAN kicking the extras.
Half time was looming but unfortunately Cas were to leak a try just before this and stern words would be spoken in the half time huddle.
As the second half began it seemed that the visitors had also had a talking to. Wensleydale were the scorers of the first try of this period and Cas had spent a long time on the back foot, and while the defence had been solid, there had been too many big runs from the opposition forwards which wore Cas down.
Cas were next to score when Ian Mattison caught a clearing kick inside his own half and fed PRICE who broke through the cover with a chip and chase he then found Karl Del Rosario who in turn passed to HEAD who still had lots to do but a very strong finish saw him beat the covering defence and bag his first of the campaign. EGAN missed the conversion but shortly after kicked a penalty to put us 7 points ahead. Wensleydale would not give up and some dogged running and great team play saw them score in the dying minutes to level the scores. That looked like it was going to be how it finished but, on the last play, MATTISON put a cross field kick into space; Joe Crossland regathered and drew the fullback to find DOBSON backing up to score under the posts. EGAN kicked the final points and the VP's certainly got to watch a great game as well as having a great afternoon catching up with old colleagues.
Final Score Castleford 34 - Wensleydale 27; the visitors certainly deserved to take something home from this encounter but Cas' never say die attitude saw them home when they needed it

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Thomas Egan

Player of the Match

Thomas Egan

Key moments

20:00
Try Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
26:00
Try Danny Price scores for Castleford
27:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
34:00
Try Nathan Campsill scores for Castleford
35:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
63:00
Try Christian Head scores for Castleford
78:00
Try Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
79:00
Conversion Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Thomas Egan is awarded player of the match for Castleford
79:00 Conversion 36 - 0
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
78:00 Try 34 - 0
Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
70:00 Sub Off
Jonty Aveyard is substituted off for Castleford
70:00 Sub On
Brad Christian is substituted on for Castleford
69:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Castleford
64:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Egan misses a conversion for Castleford
63:00 Try 24 - 0
Christian Head scores for Castleford
40:00 Sub On
Alex Farnham is substituted on for Castleford
40:00 Sub Off
James Catton is substituted off for Castleford
End of period 1
35:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
34:00 Try 17 - 0
Nathan Campsill scores for Castleford
27:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Thomas Egan kicks a conversion for Castleford
26:00 Try 10 - 0
Danny Price scores for Castleford
21:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Egan misses a conversion for Castleford
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Thomas Dobson scores for Castleford
15:00 Sub Off
Josh Riding is substituted off for Castleford
15:00 Sub On
Nathan Campsill is substituted on for Castleford
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As it happened

  • Castleford
  • Wensleydale
  • 0
  • Josh Riding Sub Off 15:00'
  • Nathan Campsill Sub On 15:00'
  • Thomas Dobson Try 20:00'
  • Danny Price Try 26:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 27:00'
  • Nathan Campsill Try 34:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 35:00'
  • Alex Farnham Sub On 40:00'
  • James Catton Sub Off 40:00'
  • Christian Head Try 63:00'
  • Penalty Try 69:00'
  • Brad Christian Sub On 70:00'
  • Jonty Aveyard Sub Off 70:00'
  • Thomas Dobson Try 78:00'
  • Thomas Egan Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Mattison, Ian Mattison, Ian
Poppleton, Mark Poppleton, Mark
Dobson, Thomas Dobson, Thomas
Riding, Josh Riding, Josh
Crossland, Joe Crossland, Joe
Egan, Thomas Egan, Thomas
Mchale, Chris Mchale, Chris
Del Rosario, Karl Del Rosario, Karl
Price, Danny Price, Danny
Peters, G Peters, G
Head, Christian Head, Christian
Aveyard, Jonty Aveyard, Jonty
Brown, Adam Brown, Adam
Owens, Jamie Owens, Jamie
Catton, James Catton, James

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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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