Eden's five-star show fires Castleford six points clear

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Greg Eden scored a remarkable five tries as Castleford Tigers extended their lead at the top of the Super League with a 36-16 home win over lowly Warrington Wolves on Sunday.

A defeat for second-placed Salford Red Devils at home to Hull FC on Friday gave Castleford the opportunity to move six points clear and victory was easily assured through Eden's blistering contribution and tries for Greg Minikin and Mike McMeeken.

Warrington were no match for the Tigers from the off, with a lucky bounce allowing Eden to open the scoring after just two minutes and the same man added a second try shortly afterwards.

The Wolves belatedly responded with Tom Lineham after Minikin and McMeeken had added to Castleford's lead, but the hosts soon recovered their early momentum as Eden grabbed a third to head into the break 26-6 up.

Eden quickly added two more tries after the restart, falling just short of a joint-record sixth, before Joe Westerman and Jack Hughes hit back for the visitors.

Those efforts restored some respectability to the scoreline, but could not prevent a fourth straight Warrington defeat as scrutiny over head coach Tony Smith's position intensifies, while the Tigers have eight wins in a row in all competitions.