Castleford Tigers maintained their perfect start to the season with a 52-16 victory over Leigh Centurions at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
They opened the scoring five minutes in, as Liam Watts picked up the ball 30m out and ran through to score. Gareth O’Brien scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
10 minutes later, Cas doubled their advantage, as Derrell Olpherts cut inside and got the ball to Daniel Smith, who scored. O’Brien scored the conversion.
Cas soon made it three times in the opening quarter, as Olpherts got a try of his own in the corner. Paul McShane scored the conversion to stretch their lead to 18 points.
Just before the half-hour, Cas got their fourth try of the evening, McShane broke free and set Greg Eden away to score. McShane was off-target with the kick.
It was then back-to-back tries for the Tigers, as Grant Millington broke free and set Niall Evalds away for the try. McShane scored the conversion to get them up by 28.
There was even time for one more effort from Castleford, as they worked the ball out wide for Michael Shenton to score. McShane kicked the conversion to make it a 34-point lead at the break.
Five minutes into the second half, the Tigers struck again, as Jordan Turner took an inside pass to go over. McShane added the conversion as Cas reached 40 points.
Leigh hit back soon after as Jordan Thompson managed to get over. Ben Reynolds was off-target with the conversion attempt.
Five minutes later, Castleford found themselves a man light. Jesse Sene-Lefao was sent to the sin bin after a late tackle.
Whilst they were still a man down, the Tigers went further ahead after a break from Eden, which was finished by Olpherts for his second. McShane added the conversion.
Once again, Castleford managed back-to-back tries as Turner created the space for Jake Trueman to score. McShane scored the conversion as Castleford passed the half-century.
Soon after, Leigh got their second try of the night, as Reynolds went over for his first try since his return to the club. He added the conversion to get the Centurions into double figures.
The Centurions would end up having the final word, as Ryan Brierley got on the end of a kick to score. Reynolds added the conversion.
Both sides return to action next week. Castleford travel to Wigan Warriors on Thursday, while Leigh travel to Salford Red Devils a day later.
Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Jake Trueman, Gareth O’Brien, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Daniel Smith, Oliver Holmes, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Nathan Massey.
Subs: Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Jordan Turner, Lewis Bienik.
Head Coach: Daryl Powell.
Leigh Centurions: Ryan Brierley, Matty Russell, Josh Simm, Craig Mullen, Lewis Tierney, Joe Mellor, Ben Reynolds, Nathaniel Peteru, Liam Hood, Adam Sidlow, Jordan Thompson, Ben Hellewell, Tyrone McCarthy.
Subs: Nathan Peats, James Bell, Ben Flower, Alex Gerrard.
Head Coach: John Duffy.