Castleford Tigers 40 Widnes Vikings 26: Solomona breaks try record as Vikings are put to the sword

Denny Solomona.
Denny Solomona.
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Unstoppable winger Denny Solomona ran in a hat-trick of tries to take his tally for the season to 42 as Castleford Tigers ended with a 40-26 win over Widnes Vikings at the Jungle.

Solomona’s second touchdown took him past the late St John Ellis’ club record of 40, which had stood since 1993-94.

His 40 Super League tries set a new competition record as did his seven hat-tricks, which included one four-try haul.

It was also a memorable afternoon for Australian full-back Luke Dorn, making the final appearance of his career.

He led the team out and scored the first of Castleford’s seven tries.

And there was delight for forward Matt Cook who scored his first try of the season.

The win moved Tigers above Catalans Dragons into fifth place on the final Super-8s table.

Widnes took an early lead through a try by Connor Farrell, which Lloyd White converted.

But Tigers led 16-6 at the break after Dorn and Solomona crossed off passes by Jake Webster and then the winger raced the length of the field - after catching Tom Gilmore’s kick - for his record-breaking score.

Corey Thompson touched down early in the second half to reduce the gap, but Luke Gale - who finished with six conversions - created touchdowns for Ben Crooks and Solomona and Paul McShane sent Cook over before crossing the whitewash himself.

That made it 40-10, but Widnes finished with a late flourish, running in consolation tries through Patrick Ah Van, Farrell and Thompson in the final five minutes, White converting two of them.

McShane was sin-binned for a flop late in the first-half and Farrell was yellow-carded for holding down midway through the second half.

Tigers received the Yorkshire Regiment Super League Trophy after the game, for having the best record from matches involving the county’s teams this season.