Castleford thrash bottom club Catalans
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|Tries: McShane 2, Shenton, Holmes 2, Clare, Wardle Goals: Gale 6 Drop goal: Gale|
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Castleford made easy work of Super League’s bottom side Catalans Dragons.
The hosts took complete control in the opening 40 minutes through unanswered tries from Paul McShane, Michael Shenton and Oliver Holmes.
McShane went over for his second after the restart before James Clare touched down in a dominant Tigers display.
Wardle scored his first try for the club and Holmes finished the scoring with his second of the day as Catalans failed to get on the scoresheet.
To their credit the French side kept battling until the end but Mickael Simon’s slip when he had just one man to beat late on summed up their day.
It took 15 minutes for the Tigers to score their first try but it was a procession thereafter, as Daryl Powell’s team showed the kind of form that saw them win the League Leader’s Shield last season.
They are now just four points behind leaders Saints, who lost at Wakefield on Sunday, with two games in hand.
They visit second-placed Wigan on Friday, while Catalans will look to put their league worries behind them when they travel to third-tier York City Knights in the Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Castleford: Trueman, Minikin, Webster, Shenton, Clare, Roberts, Gale, Watts, McShane, Massey, Wardle, Holmes, Foster.
Replacements: Millington, McMeeken, Milner, Cook.
Catalans Dragons: Tierney, Broughton, Thornley, Mead, Yaha, Gigot, Langi, Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Jullien, Garcia, Baitieri.
Replacements: Casty, Bousquet, Margalet, Da Costa.
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas (RFL)