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August 14 2005
up a two-point lead at the top of LHF Healthplan National League
One with a thrilling victory over title rivals Castleford. The
game certainly lived up to its pre-game billing and all credit
to both teams for serving up a truly memorable game played in
sweltering heat .
The Haven almost
threw away an 18-0 half-time lead but eventually finished 19-16
Defeat for Castleford
means their rocky run continues. Having looked
unbeatable earlier in the season, three losses in four matches
have undermined their push for top spot.
In the latest, a
Carl Rudd drop goal with the score at 18-12 proved the
safeguard Whitehaven needed to stay top of the table - they had
led Castleford on points difference going into the match.
three first-half tries through Carl Sice, Joel Penny, who
ran more than half the length of the pitch, and David Seeds,
with Mick Nanyn landing three goals, including a penalty.
Wayne Price got
two of Castleford's three second-half tries and Andy Kain the
other, with Craig Huby converting two of them.
The Haven man of
the match awards went to Aussie tandem of Ryan Tandy and Joel
Penny though as Steve McCormack said afterwards it takes more
than two players playing well to beat a side of Castlefords calibre
.Indeed Haven had 17 heroes out there and thoroughly deserved
the win though it was very close at the end .
6 min - Try, Carl Sice, (Whitehaven)
6 min - Goal, Mick Nanyn, (Whitehaven)
30 min - Goal, Mick Nanyn, (Whitehaven)
31 min - Try, Joel Penny, (Whitehaven)
31 min - Goal, Mick Nanyn, (Whitehaven)
35 min - Try, David Seeds, (Whitehaven)
48 min - Goal, Craig Huby, (Castleford)
48 min - Try, Waine Pryce, (Castleford)
59 min - Try, Andy Kain, (Castleford)
59 min - Goal, Craig Huby, (Castleford)
65 min - Drop Goal, Carl Rudd, (Whitehaven)
79min - Try, Waine Price, (Castleford)
Broadbent, Craig Calvert, David Seeds, Mick Nanyn, Wesley
Wilson, Leroy Joe, Joel Penny, Aaron Summers (Ryan Tandy, 13),
David Fatialofa (Marc Jackson, 23), Spencer Miller, Howard Hill
McDermott, 29), Aaron Lester (Carl Rudd, 45)
Subs: Brett McDermott, Carl Rudd, Marc Jackson, Ryan Tandy
Platt, Waine Pryce, Deon Bird, Michael Eagar, Michael
Shenton, Andy Kain, Brad Davis, Adam Watene (Frank Watene, 26),
Henderson, Andy Bailey (Jordan James, 32), Craig Huby, Tommy
Subs: Jon Hepworth, Jordan James, Byron Smith, Frank Watene
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick
A week earlier...Haven 36 Oldham 16.
Tries from Sice (2), O'Neill ,Calvert , Broadbent , Lester and