Tigers maul new boys Leigh, Giants beat Vikings
Luke Gale scored 24 points as Castleford Tigers subjected Leigh Centurions to a harsh lesson on their return to Super League with a 44-16 drubbing and Huddersfield Giants won at Widnes Vikings on Friday.
Castleford have been tipped to challenge for honours this season and they hit the ground running in their Super League opener, scoring seven tries in a one-sided encounter.
The Tigers led 26-0 at the break, with England international Gale scoring the opening try before new boy Jesse Sene-Lefao went over and Greg Minikin helped himself to a double.
Junior Moors, Gale and debutant Greg Eden added further tries, but Leigh showed spirit and there was a moment to remember for Danny Tickle when he scored the 100th try of his career late on after Ryan Hampshire touched down against his former club.
Matty Dawson also scored a try for a Leigh side playing their first Super League game in 12 years, but they were comfortably second best and Gale also kicked eight goals as the Tigers showed there is life after Denny Solomona.
Jermaine McGillvary scored two of Huddersfield's six tries as they set about trying to banish the memories of last year with a 28-16 success at Widnes.
There were also tries for Lee Gaskell, Tom Symonds and Aaron Murphy before new captain Leroy Cudjoe made sure by going over three minutes from time for a Giants side who finished bottom last season.