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St Helens (4) 10
Tries: Welsby, Walmsley Goal: Coote
Castleford (6) 20
Tries: Eden 2, Holmes Goals: Richardson 4

Greg Eden's late intercept try helped Castleford Tigers stun 12-man champions St Helens and secure a first league win at Saints since October 1990.

The Tigers edged a tight, niggly first half as Eden scored in the corner after Jack Welsby did likewise for Saints.

Oliver Holmes' try gave Cas a further buffer while Saints' Tommy Makinson was sent off for a hit on Niall Evalds.

Alex Walmsley powered in for Saints, who desperately attacked the Cas line before Eden swept away to win it.

Daryl Powell's side realistically needed to win to keep their play-off hopes alive and turned in a courageous display against a Saints side fresh from victory over leaders Catalans Dragons on Saturday.

After Cas conceded the first try from a delightful move to the left which opened them up and allowed Welsby to score, the Tigers had chances of their own but failed to convert field position into points with Grant Millington's spills.

However, Millington and fellow props Suaia Matagi and Tyla Hepi constantly took the game to Saints' forwards and off the back of that, Evalds linked brilliantly to create the try for Eden out wide, while Holmes showed neat footwork to carve his way in.

Saints failed to find their rhythm for large periods, not helped by ruck indiscipline which was continually penalised by referee Ben Thaler, but Walmsley's surge was the jolt that they needed, particularly after Makinson's red card.

It looked like they would come up with the goods as another dangerous move swung to the right, but Eden swiped as the pass was heading to Kevin Naiqama's hands to finally bring one of rugby league's away day hoodoos to a close.
 

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Castleford hooker Adam Milner has signed a new two-year contract.

The 29-year-old England international has made more than 250 appearances for the Tigers since making his Super League debut in 2010.

He also played in last month's Challenge Cup final, when Cas lost to St Helens, and the 2017 Grand Final.
 

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Castleford hooker Adam Milner has signed a new two-year contract.

The 29-year-old England international has made more than 250 appearances for the Tigers since making his Super League debut in 2010.

He also played in last month's Challenge Cup final, when Cas lost to St Helens, and the 2017 Grand Final.
 

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Castleford (23)
Tries: Eden 2, Holmes, Olpherts, Goals: Richardson 3 Drop-goals: Richardson
Wakefield (18)
Tries: Arona, Johnstone, Kershaw Goals: Lino 3

Castleford Tigers made it three wins on the spin with an absorbing derby victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League's 'Rivals Round'.

The Tigers set the platform for victory in the opening 40, with Greg Eden, Oli Holmes and Derrell Olpherts tries and seven points from Danny Richardson.

Eden stretched the lead to 23-6 but Wakefield fought back.

Tom Johnstone and Lee Kershaw scored to add to Tinirau Arona's first-half score and take the game to a tense finish.
 

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Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton has announced he will retire at the end of the 2021 Super League season after an 18-year professional career.

Shenton, 35, made his debut in 2004 and has played 416 career games, including 346 for the Tigers and 58 at St Helens.

He has played in two Grand Finals, two Challenge Cup finals and won 12 England caps, as well as skippering Cas to 2017 League Leaders' Shield success.
 

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Castleford boss Daryl Powell says their match against Warrington will be emotional as he takes charge of his final home game for the club.

The 56-year-old will leave at the end of the season and will take on the job as Warrington's next coach.

Cas must win in Thursday's match against the Wire to seal a Super League play-off place.
 

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Castleford Tigers have signed Leeds Rhinos second row forward Alex Sutcliffe on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old has made four Super League appearances this season and was part of the Rhinos team that won the Challenge Cup in 2020.
 

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Back-rower George Lawler will swap Hull KR for the Castleford Tigers on a two-year deal from the 2022 season onwards.

The 26-year-old has scored 12 tries in 103 appearances for the Robins since his 2015 debut, having come through the then joint City of Hull academy.

Although yet to be capped, Lawler was named in the England Knights squad, for players hopeful of full recognition, by coach Paul Anderson earlier this year.
 

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Castleford Tigers prop forward Suaia Matagi has signed a two-year contract.

The New Zealand international joined on loan from Huddersfield Giants ahead of the 2021 season and made 12 Super League appearances for the Tigers.
 

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Castleford Tigers forward Lewis Peachey has signed new deal to keep him at the club until the end of next season.

The 20-year-old made seven appearances in Super League this year.
 

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Castleford Tigers have taken serving British Army soldier Junior Vasuitoga on trial over pre-season.

The 26-year-old Fijian has featured for the British Army's rugby union and sevens sides.