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Castleford

(kăs`əlfərd), town (1991 pop. 39,308), Wakefield metropolitan district, central England, at the junction of the Aire and Calder rivers. It is a suburb of LeedsLeeds,
city and metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 445,242), N central England, on the Aire River. It lies between one of England's leading manufacturing regions on the west and south and an agricultural region on the north and east.
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. Chartered in 1955, Castleford has bottleworks, chemical works, and collieries. The site of an ancient Roman town lies within its borders.
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Daryl Powell's Castleford started the night in the final play-off spot but they were always chasing this game, fighting back from 18-6 down to cut the deficit to just two by halftime.
The pair then crossed again in a dominant second-half Castleford performance, with James Clare, Peter Mata'utia and Grant Millington also touching down.
Winger James Clare opened the scoring on his 100th career appearance to put the hosts ahead before a Jamie Ellis penalty and tries from Junior Moors and Greg Eden gave Castleford a comfortable 16-0 half-time lead.
Warrington, who have been overtaken by Castleford, will be looking to get back to winning ways when they visit Hull KR.
SUPER LEAGUE STANDINGS PWDL FAPTS Castleford 23 20 0 3 769 378 40 Leeds 23 15 0 8 553 477 30 Hull 2313 1954148327 Wakefield 22 13 0 9 556 465 26 Salford 23 13 0 10 576 500 26 St Helens 22 11 1 10 472 404 23 Wigan 23 10 3 10 539 518 23 Huddersfld 23 9 3 11 519 486 21 Warrington 23 9 2 12 422 557 20 Catalans 23 7 1 15 469 689 15 Leigh 23 6 0 17 425 615 12 Widnes 23 5 1 17 359 628 11 Today: Wakefield v St Helens, 3pm
THE RUGBY league landscape has altered dramatically since Castleford and St Helens last clashed in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup 21 years ago.
The game kicks off a busy Good Friday of Super League action, with Castleford 1/12 to see off Wakefield (21/2), Hull 3/4 to beat Leeds (39/29) and Salford 3/10 to defeat Leigh (53/1).
West Yorkshire-based Castleford had played 47 national deciders over the last seven years while this was Astley's first national final.
"Astley entered the final as underdogs - a North East team up against rugby league heartland team Castleford Academy.
Castleford could also have a debutant in their side with recent signing Lee Jewitt included in Daryl Powell's squad.
CRUSADERS: Tries: Chan, White, Tansey, Sammut Goals: Schifcofske (2) CASTLEFORD TIGERS: Tries: Thompson, Youngquest, Davies Goals: Dixon (3)
"As always we are very grateful to Steve Gill (Castleford head of youth development) and Castleford Tigers for their assistance.

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