St Helen Saints played host to the Castleford Tigers Sunday afternoon at Totally Wicked Stadium.
Both sides fielded near full strength sides in their real final friendly before the season starts in under two weeks.
Tigers new recruit Zak Hardaker got the game underway and it just took the Tigers two minutes before Rangi Chase crossed the line after a Luke Gale kick. Gale Gale kicks the conversion and the Tigers take an early 0-6 lead.
25 minutes passed and it was Hardaker that added more points to the board for the Tigers after he received a beautiful ball out wide where he was able to dives over the line. Gale hit the post with his conversion attempt making it a 0-10 lead for the Tigers.
With the score being all positives for the Tigers early on, it was a leg injury to Mike McMeeken that soured coach Daryl Powells early excitement.
Great goal line defence from the Tigers kept the Saints from scoring on a number of occasions keeping Keiron Cunningham’s man scoreless in the first half.
Jonny Lomax got the second half under way and it just took five minutes before the Tigers added more points to the board with another new recruit in Jesse Sene-Lefao showing his strength, holding off St Helens defenders to score the opening try of the second half. Luke Gale convert the extra point and extends the lead to 0-16 46th minute.
The games began to look messy for the home team with Grant Millington scoring again for Castleford extending their lead to 0-22 after a Gale conversion.
The good news continued to flow for the visitors with Mike McMeeken who suffered a leg injury earlier in the match, returned to the field in 68th minute.
With just 9 minutes remaining Danny Richardson attempts a 40/20 but Eden keeps it in play only to have Adam Swift scoop the ball and score for the Saints, their first for the day. Mark Percival kicks the conversion to make the score board a little more respectable 6-22 in the 75th minute.
But that would be the end of the scoring for the 2284 fans that attended the friendly on sunday afternoon at Totally Wicked Stadium, with the Tigers proving they are a team to watch in 2017.