2012 Castleford Tigers season
|2012 Castleford Tigers season|
|Super League XVII Rank||13th|
|Challenge Cup||4th Round|
|2012 record||Wins: 6; Draws: 0; Losses: 22|
|Points scored||For: 536; Against: 941|
|Head coach||Ian Millward|
|High. Attend.||9,786 vs. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats|
|Tries||Nick Youngquest – 17|
|Goals||Kirk Dixon – 39|
|Points||Kirk Dixon – 90|
Castleford Tigers started planning for 2012 with the resigning Tigers longest serving player Craig Huby in March he put pen to paper on 3-year extension with the club taking him past 10 years service. Also in August the RFL granted from May 2012 a testimonial year for Craig Huby.
Castleford have confirmed Head Coach Terry Matterson will be leaving the club at the end of the 2011 season after being at the club for 6 years. Also on the same day Cas confirmed that goal kicking Winger, Centre Kirk Dixon put pen to paper on 3-year extension which will see him at the club until the end of 2014 season. In the same week Cas also signed new deals with Half Back Danny Orr who add a 1-year extension with the club and former England Academy International Centre, Second Row Jordan Thompson he signed a new 2-year deal that will see him at the Tigers till the end of the 2013 season.
Cas signed Second Row Stuart Jones on a new 1-year deal with the club, also following Jones in signing a new 1-year deal was Scottish international prop forward Paul Jackson, on the same day as Jackson signed a new deal he was joined by USA International and former Castleford academy prop Nathan Massey who signed a new 2-year extension with the club. However fans favourite Dean Widders announced he will be retiring from the game of rugby league and return home to Australia take up a Community Coaching Role with NRL side Gold Coast Titans alongside fellow Australian Indigenous player Preston Campbell.
Castleford announced the signing of Leigh Centurions Head Coach Ian Millward as the replacement of Tigers Head Coach Terry Matterson. Millward took St Helens RLFC to 2 Super League Grand Final wins and 2 Challenge Cup Final wins along with 1 World Club Challenge win in his 5 years at Saints. However, in September Cas Samoan International Centre Willie Isa announced he will be joining Super League newcomers Widnes Vikings on a 2-year deal. Then a few days after young Tigers utility back Greg Eden confirmed signing a new 2-year deal with Castleford's local rivals Huddersfield Giants. Also in September the club confirmed that Assistant Coach Andy Hay will be leaving the club at the end of the Season, a few weeks later Hull FC confirmed Andy Hay as one of their 2 new assistant coaches. Then on 27 September Castleford called a press conference to announce the signing of new and improved deal for the 2011 Man of Steel & 2011 Albert Goldthorpe Medal winner and England International Player Rangi Chase, his new extension will see him at the club till the end of 2015. Then Ian Millward confirmed his first new signing of the 2012 season was Centre, Winger Josh Griffin from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on 1-year deal with club and on the same day Richard Owen signed a new 4-year deal with the club that will see him stay until the end of 2015 season.
At a club event 'Meet the Coach' Millward confirmed the signing of Leigh Centurions prop Stephen Nash on a 2-year deal. Also in October Cas confirmed a few changes to the clubs backroom staff with long serving physiotherapist Russell Jones is to leave the club after 11 years. Couple of days after Millward signed 2 new backroom staff for the club, New Athletic Performance Director James Parkes, who was a former Rugby Union player for Leeds Carnegie and New Head of Physiotherapy Ben Stirling, who is the Head Physio of Wales Rugby League. Tigers Hooker and former England Academy Captain Adam Milner signed a new 3-year extension with the club. Then Castleford handed 3 Academy players full-time contracts. The three players in question are Academy Prop Charlie Martin, Academy Winger James Clare & Academy Half Back Ben Johnson. Also Castleford Announced the new 5-year deal of Tigers Hooker Daryl Clark.
Castleford confirmed the release of former Great Britain International Prop Nick Fozzard & former England International Winger Martin Aspinwall who later went on to join Super League side Hull FC on a 1-year deal. A few weeks after Dewsbury Rams announced the signing of former Castleford Prop Nick Fozzard. Joining Fozzard at Dewsbury Rams is Tigers Academy Second Row Billy Harris on a season long loan to gain some first team experience and joining Harris is his Academy teammate Academy James Clare who is joining the Rams as dual contract loan for the 2012 season, Ryan Brierley well also be going out on dual contract loan with Leigh Centurions. Also in November Millward confirmed his Assistant Coach as ex-Castleford fullback Stuart Donlan on a 3-year deal with the club. Then the Tigers confirmed the signing of Canterbury Bulldogs Second Row, Prop Grant Millington and also the season long loan signing of Warrington Wolves Second Row Lee Mitchell of the 2012 season with the option of making the deal permanent for 2013 season. Tigers Second Row Oliver Holmes in signing new 3-year deal, following in the footsteps of fellow Tigers Academy graduates Owen, Milner, Clark, Huby and Thompson in signing new long term deals with the club.
In December Castleford confirmed that Tigers fullback Richard Mathers would be joining local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on a season long loan. Castleford beat the Bradford Bulls in the annual Boxing Day friendly, Josh Griffin and Josh Atkinson both scored 2 tries each with Stephen Nash and Ben Johnson also scoring, Griffin and Jordan Thompson rounded up the 28–18 win with a conversion each.
Castleford beat local rivals Huddersfield Giants in their 2nd pre-season friendly, tries from Ryan Hudson, Danny Orr, Oliver Holmes, Lee Mitchell, Rangi Chase and Daryl Clark plus 3 goals from Kirk Dixon and 1 from Ryan Shaw secured Ian Millward's team a well deserved 32–22 win. The Tigers lost to arch-rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40–20 at Belle Vue Stadium, Brett Ferres, Stuart Jones, Lee Mitchell and Stephen Nash all scored for the Tigers whilst Kirk Dixon kicked 2 goals. Castleford announce that Danny Orr will be captain for 2012.
The Tigers beat Salford City Reds 24–10 in Round 1, Castleford's tries came from Richard Owen who scored 2, Josh Griffin and hooker Adam Milner. Kirk Dixon kicked all 4 goals. The Tigers put up a good fight against an excellent Bradford Bulls side but lost 20–12. Owen scored a try and so did winger Griffin, Dixon kicked both goals. Castleford travelled to the south of France to face the Catalans Dragons, although the Tigers played well and took an early lead they eventually succumbed to a good fightback and lost 28–20 with Griffin getting a hat-trick and Joe Arundel scoring. Dixon added 2 goals. Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors demolished Castleford 46–4 at The Jungle, Griffin crossed for the Tigers only try and Dixon missed the conversion.
Castleford started off March with a 36–14 loss to champions Leeds Rhinos, Daryl Clark, Kirk Dixon and Josh Griffin all scored a try whilst Dixon kicked a goal. The Tigers lost to re-branded London Broncos 42–16 with Dixon, Ryan McGoldrick and Nick Youngquest all scoring with Dixon kicking 2 goals. The Tigers were once again well beaten by a well drilled Huddersfield Giants, Youngquest's try could not prevent a 42–4 loss. Castleford's losing streak continues with a 42–28 loss to Hull FC with Griffin, Youngquest, Jonathan Walker, Grant Millington and Brett Ferres all scoring a try with Dixon kicking 4 goals. Castleford managed to scrape a 34–30 win against Hull Kingston Rovers with Griffin, Youngquest (2), Richard Owen, Dixon and Danny Orr scoring tries while Dixon kicked 5 goals.
Castleford beat local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 34–16 with Richard Owen scoring 2 tries and Grant Millington, Steve Snitch, Brett Ferres and Oliver Holmes scoring. Kirk Dixon also kicked 5 goals. However, on the Monday Castleford narrowly lost out to St Helens 18–12. Ferres grabbed 2 tries and Dixon kicked both conversions. The Tigers suffered an early cup exit to local rivals Featherstone Rovers, the Championship side showed grit and determination to beat the Tigers 23–16 with Daryl Clark, Josh Griffin and Nick Youngquest scoring for Castleford and Dixon added a conversion, returning Danny Orr also kicked a goal. Castleford suffered another heavy defeat, this time at the hands of Warrington Wolves who won 54–6, Lee Mitchell scored for the Tigers and Orr converted.
Centre James Grehan was sent out on a months loan to championship side Batley Bulldogs. Castleford gained another 2 points in hard fought contest with Widnes Vikings with the Tigers coming out 36–12 winners, Brett Ferres and Jordan Thompson grabbed a try whilst Daryl Clark scored 2 and Nick Youngquest scored a hat-trick. Danny Orr kicked 2 goals, Craig Huby kicked a goal and Josh Griffin also kicked a conversion. Castleford were humiliated at Craven Park by losing 70–12 against Hull Kingston Rovers with Grffin and Thompson scoring and Dixon kicking both goals. Castleford announce a 1-month loan deal for winger Rhys Williams from Warrington Wolves. The Tigers lose at the Magic Weekend to local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 32–26. Thompson, Stuart Jones, Oliver Holmes, Youngquest and Orr all scored tries for Castleford and Dixon kicked 2 goals whilst Orr converted his own try. Centre Joe Arundel signs a 4-year deal with Hull FC.
Castleford started June with a 46–32 loss to Bradford Bulls, Jordan Thompson and Nathan Massey both scored tries whilst Rangi Chase and Rhys Williams scored 2 each, Kirk Dixon kicked 4 goals. The Tigers announce that Michael Shenton will be returning to the club on a 4 Year Deal in 2013. The Tigers beat playoff contenders Salford City Reds 34–30 with a try in the final minute to snatch a victory, tries from Nick Youngquest, Jordan Thompson and a hat-trick from Danny Orr helped the Tigers get into a good position before Craig Huby scored the winning try for Castleford. Dixon kicked 3 goals while Huby and Orr also kicked a goal each. Hooker Daryl Clark place a transfer request which was rejected by the board at the Tigers. Castleford went down 40–22 against Super League champions Leeds Rhinos, Paul Jackson scored for his 1st try of the year whilst Huby grabbed a try and centre Brett Ferres scored 2. Orr, Huby and Ryan McGoldrick all kicked a goal each.
Castleford announce that Huddersfield Giants forward Lee Gilmour has signed for the Tigers for 2 years starting in 2013. The Tigers were heavily beaten 40–10 against Widnes Vikings with Nick Youngquest and Stuart Jones crossing for tries and Craig Huby kicked a goal. Castleford announce that Ryan McGoldrick will be leaving the club immediately after handing in a transfer request, he will move to Hull FC on a 1 and a half-year deal whilst young scrum half Jamie Ellis has been signed for the Tigers after being released from Hull FC. Castleford destroyed local rivals Huddersfield Giants 52–6 in what is their biggest winning margin in Super League. Richard Owen scored 2 tries whilst James Clare, Jordan Thompson, Nick Youngquest, Josh Griffin, Adam Milner and Jamie Ellis (on debut) each scored a try each with Ellis kicking 10 goals. Castleford lost 40–26 to Warrington Wolves in Round 21 with Youngquest scoring 2 tries, Rhys Williams, Owen and Lee Mitchell all scored as well. Ellis kicked a goal and the retiring Danny Orr kicked 2 goals. Brett Ferres left the club with immediate effect and joined Huddersfield Giants. The Tigers were beaten 40–16 by leaders Wigan Warriors with Williams, Stuart Jones and Oliver Holmes all scoring, Youngquest kicked 2 goals.
August started with a 40–12 loss to rivals Wakefield Wildcats. Paul Jackson and top try scorer Nick Youngquest both scored a try each and Danny Orr kicked 2 goals. Castleford lost to London Broncos 42–20, Adam Milner and Danny Orr both scored a try each whilst Josh Griffin scored 2 and Jamie Ellis kicked 2 goals. Castleford also suffered defeat at the hands of St Helens by the score of 44–12, Jackson and Steve Snitch provide the Tiger's tries whilst Orr converted both.
September started off awful with the Tigers losing their last home game 46–26 to Catalans Dragons. Ryan Hudson, Stuart Jones, Nick Youngquest, Grant Millington and Richard Owen all scored for Castleford whilst Danny Orr kicked 3 goals. Castleford would once again miss out on the playoffs after a poor 2012 season. Castleford wrapped up the season with a 36–10 loss to Hull FC, Jordan Thompson and Oliver Holmes scored whilst Danny Orr kicked his last ever Super League goal.
Pre season friendlies
Tigers score is first.
|26 December 2011||Pre Season||Bradford Bulls||H||The Jungle||W||28–18||Griffin (2), Atkinson (2), Johnson, Nash||Griffin 1/5, Thompson 1/1||3,296||Report|
|13 January 2012||Pre Season||Huddersfield Giants||H||The Jungle||W||32–22||Hudson, Orr, Holmes, Mitchell, Chase, Clark||Dixon 3/5, Shaw 1/1||2,542||Report|
|22 January 2012||Pre Season||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||A||Belle Vue||L||20–40||Ferres, Jones, Mitchell, Nash||Dixon 2/4||2,200||Report|
Player appearances – Friendlies
(in order of appearance)
|FB=Fullback||C=Centre||W=Winger||SO=Stand Off||SH=Scrum Half||P=Prop||H=Hooker||SR=Second Row||LF=Loose Forward||B=Bench|
- As of 9 September 2012
|3||St Helens RLFC||27||17||2||8||795||480||+315||36|
|8||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||13||0||14||633||764||-131||26|
|9||Bradford Bulls *||27||14||1||12||633||756||-123||23|
|10||Hull Kingston Rovers||27||10||1||16||753||729||+24||21|
|11||Salford City Reds||27||8||1||18||618||844||-226||17|
Source: superleague.co.uk and BBC Sport.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
* - Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points on 25 July 2012 for entering administration .
2012 fixtures and results
2012 Engage Super League
Player appearances – Super League
|FB=Fullback||C=Centre||W=Winger||SO=Stand-Off||SH=Scrum Half||PR=Prop||H=Hooker||SR=Second Row||L=Loose Forward||B=Bench|
|14 April 2012||Cup||4th||Rovers||A||Post Office Road||L||16–23||Clark, Griffin, Youngquest||Dixon 1/2, Orr 1/1||4,165||Sky Sports||Report|
- Challenge Cup Games only
|FB=Fullback||C=Centre||W=Winger||SO=Stand Off||SH=Scrum Half||PR=Prop||H=Hooker||SR=Second Row||L=Loose Forward||B=Bench|
2012 squad statistics
- Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2 September 2012.
|No||Player||Position||Age||Previous club||Contracted Until||Apps||Tries||Goals||DG||Points|
|1||Richard Owen||Fullback||21||Castleford Tigers Academy||2015||23||10||0||0||40|
|2||Nick Youngquest||Winger, Centre||28||Crusaders Rugby League||2012||23||17||2||0||72|
|3||Joe Arundel||Winger||22||Castleford Tigers||2012||4||1||0||0||4|
|4||Kirk Dixon||Centre||N/A||Castleford Tigers||2014||17||3||39||0||90|
|5||Josh Griffin||Fullback, Winger||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2012||21||14||1||0||58|
|6||Rangi Chase||Stand Off||25||St George Illawarra Dragons||2015||16||2||0||0||8|
|7||Danny Orr||Half Back||32||Harlequins Rugby League||2012||24||6||16||0||56|
|8||Jake Emmitt||Prop||N/A||St Helens RLFC||2012||24||0||0||0||0|
|9||Daryl Clark||Hooker||19||Castleford Tigers||2016||14||4||0||0||16|
|10||Craig Huby||Prop||25||Castleford Tigers||2014||16||2||4||0||16|
|11||Brett Ferres||Second Row||N/A||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2012||18||7||0||0||28|
|12||Jonathan Walker||Second Row||N/A||Castleford Tigers||2012||17||1||0||0||4|
|13||Steve Snitch||Loose||N/A||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2012||18||2||0||0||8|
|14||Stuart Jones||Second Row||30||Huddersfield Giants||2012||26||4||0||0||16|
|15||Adam Milner||Hooker||20||Castleford Tigers||2014||20||3||0||0||12|
|16||Ryan Hudson||Hooker||33||Huddersfield Giants||2012||11||1||0||0||4|
|17||Lee Mitchell||N/A||Warrington Wolves – Loan||2012||22||2||0||0||8|
|18||Cas Fans||18th man||N/A||none||2012||0||0||0||0||0|
|20||Grant Millington||Prop||25||Cronulla Sharks||2013||22||3||0||0||12|
|21||Oliver Holmes||Prop||19||Castleford Tigers||2014||22||3||0||0||12|
|22||Nathan Massey||Prop||22||Castleford Tigers||2013||26||1||0||0||4|
|23||Ryan McGoldrick||Fullback, Loose||30||Cronulla Sharks||2012||18||1||1||0||6|
|24||Stephen Nash||Second Row||N/A||Leigh Centurions||2013||8||0||0||0||0|
|25||Jordan Thompson||Wing||N/A||Castleford Tigers||2013||16||6||0||0||24|
|26||James Clare||Wing||N/A||Castleford Tigers||2012||3||1||0||0||4|
|27||John Davies||Second Row||N/A||Castleford Tigers||2012||1||0||0||0||0|
|29||Josh Atkinson||Wing||N/A||Castleford Tigers Academy||2012||2||0||0||0||0|
|30||Ben Johnson||Scrum Half/Stand Off||2012||2||0||0||0||0|
|32||Rhys Williams||Wing||N/A||Warrington Wolves – Loan||2012||8||4||0||0||16|
|33||Jamie Ellis||Scrum-half||Hull FC||2013||5||1||13||0||30|
Out of contract 2012
Players out of contract in 2012:-
Danny Orr – Retirement
Nick Youngquest – Retirement
Ryan Hudson – Retirement
2012 transfers in/out
|Name||Position||Signed from||Contract Length|
|Josh Griffin||Centre, Winger||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||1 Year Deal|
|Stephen Nash||Prop,Second Row||Leigh Centurions||2 Year Deal|
|Grant Millington||Second Row, Prop||Canterbury Bulldogs||2 Year Deal|
|Lee Mitchell||Second Row, Prop||Warrington Wolves||season loan|
|Name||Position||Club Signed||Contract Length|
|Dean Widders||Second Row||Retired||Retired|
|Willie Isa||Centre||Widnes Vikings||2 Year Deal|
|Greg Eden||Winger, Fullback||Huddersfield Giants||2 Year Deal|
|Nick Fozzard||Prop||St Helens RLFC||1 Year Deal|
|Martin Aspinwall||Second Row||Hull FC||1 Year Deal|
|Billy Harris||Second Row||Dewsbury Rams||Season Loan|
|James Clare||Winger||Dewsbury Rams||Dual Contract|
|Ryan Brierley||Stand Off||Leigh Centurions||Dual Contract|
|Richard Mathers||Fullback||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||Season Loan|
- "Bradford Bulls handed six-point deduction by RFL". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2012.