Super League: Castleford Tigers 42-10 London Broncos

Mike McMeeken in action for Castleford
Castleford ended London Broncos' three-match winning run in emphatic fashion
Betfred Super League
Castleford Tigers (16) 42
Tries: Egodo 2, McMeeken 2, Rankin, Trueman, Clare, Clarkson Goals: Rankin 5
London Broncos (4) 10
Tries: Dixon, Williams Goals: Dixon

Castleford Tigers sent London Broncos back to the bottom of the Super League table with an eight-try thrashing.

Mike McMeeken grabbed a first-half brace after Tuoyo Egodo's opener to put Cas 16-4 up at the break, with Kieran Dixon responding for the Broncos.

Jordan Rankin then scored Tigers' fourth immediately after the break.

A second try for Egodo and further scores Jacob Trueman, James Clare and Chris Clarkson saw London's three-match winning run end in emphatic fashion.

Rhys Williams skipped through Tigers' defence for a late consolation try, but it was not enough to stop them from slumping to the foot of Super League on points difference.

Earlier on Sunday, Leeds Rhinos moved off bottom and up to ninth in the table with a 31-12 win over Catalans Dragons. Although Leeds are level on 14 points with all sides below them, including the Broncos, after 20 games.

The resurgent Broncos, who had beaten St Helens, Catalans and then Hull KR in recent weeks, made Tigers work hard in the first half.

A fine cut-out pass from Rankin sent Egodo over for the opener and McMeeken, who was earlier stopped just short of the line, helped edge them to a 10-0 lead just before the half-hour mark.

Dixon, however, responded with a stunning intercept try, running the length of the field to touch down.

A hesitant moment in defence by Jordan Abdull as the half-time hooter sounded, however, allowed McMeeken to pounce on a grubber kick from Rankin to make it 16-4.

Rankin then added to the advantage himself just seconds into the second half, with McMeeken running through Abdull to set up the try.

Trueman sent Egodo over for his second before going over himself, with Clare and Clarkson going on to complete win.

Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell:

"That was a huge win and I thought we played well for the whole game to be honest.

"There were a couple of times in the first half when we didn't quite execute, but we put them under a lot of pressure.

"London are a good side who have been in form and have been beating some good teams along the way.

"But I thought we suffocated them defensively and were sharper with the ball."

London Broncos head coach Danny Ward:

"We were hanging in the game up until half-time and it could have been a lot of worse, which is taking nothing away from Castleford.

"They were fantastic - they played with energy and high tempo and really took it to us.

"We were pretty poor in the first half and a few individuals weren't doing their job. That hurt us and we just crumbled a bit in that second half.

"But I'm not going to be too critical of the boys and hopefully it's just a dip in form against a very good Castleford side."

Castleford Tigers: Rankin; Clare, Minikin, Blair, Egodo; Trueman, Aston; Watts, Milner, Smith, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Massey.

Replacements: McShane, Millington, Cook, Clarkson.

London Broncos: Walker; Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Smith; Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Gee, Yates.

Replacements: Lovell, Fozard, Richards, Butler.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths (RFL).

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