Castleford Tigers bounced back from their heavy defeat at St Helens with a hard fought victory over Widnes Vikings.
In a close first half, the only try of the game came from Greg Minikin as he was able to dance around the defender and score his first try of the season. Luke Gale missed the conversion, but it meant the Tigers went in at half time in front.
The second half definitely did not go according to the script as far as the Tigers were concerned as not long after the restart, Widnes were in front. Matt Whitley claiming the try in front of the posts. Tom Gilmore converted to put Widnes ahead by two points.
But this woke Castleford into action as great play saw Jy Hitchcox, in for Greg Eden, able to score in the corner. Gale converted the touchline attempt to swing the pendulum back towards last years league leaders. He then added a penalty and a drop goal to make it a seven point advantage.
But Widnes were not done, their plucky performance earned them another try as Jay Chapelhow was able to power over. Gilmore converted to make the last few minutes interesting, but Castleford were able to hold on.
The Tigers needed a big response following last weeks humbling by St Helens, and whilst it was not the most convincing of wins, it should give them some confidence going forward. They have a week off before what should be a great match as they host Hull FC.
As for Widnes, this start to the season seems a far cry to the worries they faced last year of relegation and if they keep this level of performance up, then who knows what they can achieve. They host bitter rivals Warrington Wolves on Friday.