Super League: Castleford Tigers 27-26 Huddersfield Giants

Lee Gaskell
Lee Gaskell scored five tries in 25 appearances last season
Betfred Super League
Castleford Tigers(10)27
Tries: Minikin, Watts, Millington Goals: Mata'utia 7 Drop-goal: Mata'utia
Huddersfield Giants(12)26
Tries: Gaskell 3, Joe Wardle Goals: Russell 5

Peter Mata'utia kicked a dramatic golden-point drop goal to give Castleford Tigers a thrilling extra-time win against Huddersfield Giants at The Jungle.

Lee Gaskell's hat-trick of tries was not enough for the Giants as they were beaten in the seventh minute of extra time.

The teams traded blows in a classic but could not be separated in 80 minutes.

That meant a 10-minute 'golden point' period under new rules for this season.

Victory put Tigers fifth, two points clear of sixth-place Wakefield, while Huddersfield stay eighth.

Mata'utia kicked a 12th minute penalty to open the scoring for Castleford and doubled the lead eight minutes later when he slotted home another from 40 metres.

But on 25 minutes Gaskell surged over for Huddersfield for the first try of the game with Olly Russell adding the extras to put them ahead.

And the pair took just six minutes more to add another try and goal.

Greg Minikin reduced the lead when he pounced on a loose ball and crossed for Castleford's opening try with Mata'utia converting.

Jermaine McGillivray had a try disallowed for the visitors for a knock-on early in the second half before Mata'utia slotted another kick to draw Castleford level.

Gaskell completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes after a break by Darnelll McIntosh with Russell adding the extras, but Castleford responded immediately with Liam Watts going over and Mata'utia converting to make it 18-18.

Mata'utia's fifth successful kick edged Castleford ahead but Russell responded to make it 20-20.

Joe Wardle went over for Huddersfield and Russell converted but this time it was Castleford who hit back with Grant Millington's try converted by Mata'utia to take the game to extra time, where Mata'utia won it for the hosts.

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell:

"Huddersfield have been playing exceptionally well, they were on a bit of a roll and we showed lot of character to win it.

"We played some pretty dumb stuff at times but we needed to win and it feels pretty important.

"It looked like it was going to go the full 10 minutes in extra time. We had a few opportunities to win it. We had a couple of drop-goal efforts, some pea-rollers and a flapper, and then an absolute belter from Peter Mata'utia."

Huddersfield head coach Simon Woolford:

"I'd rather get beat by 30, especially when we were in a winning position a number of times.

"We've lost three games this year by a point and each time we've self-destructed. Each time we were in winning positions and blew every one.

"There was lots of good stuff out there. We started off slow but worked our way into the game and scored some nice tries.

"But the way we self-destructed is just not good enough and it's not going to be accepted."

Castleford Tigers: Blair, Clare, Clarkson, Eden, Massey, Mata'utia, McMeeken, McShane, Minikin, Rankin, Smith, Trueman, Watts.

Interchanges: Clark, Cook, Millington, Milner,

Huddersfield Giants: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, Matagi, Murphy, Gaskell, Mellor, O'Brien, English, Jake Wardle, Russell, Innes Senior, Joe Wardle.

Interchanges: Clough, Leeming, Ta'ai, Lawrence.