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RugbyL: Castleford will bank on Chase

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell admits Rangi Chase strikes him with both fear and faith after he helped the Tigers to a thrilling 42-38 Super League win over Widnes.

Chase, once of Wests Tigers and St George in the NRL, pulled the strings in a pulsating first half that saw Castleford run in five tries for a 24-18 lead going into the break.

Justin Carney scored twice and Ryan Boyle, Nathan Massey and Jamie Ellis once for the Tigers as Gareth Hock, with a hat-trick, and Joe Mellor kept the Vikings in it.

Indeed Widnes led 34-24 at one stage as Hock added a fourth and Frank Winterstein grabbed the first of his double after Rhys Hanbury had got them up and running in the second half.

Chase was then sin-binned along with Widnes skipper Kevin Brown after a flare up with tries from Adam Milner, Weller Hauraki and Michael Channing giving Castleford victory.

And, breathing a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle, Castleford coach Powell insisted Chase goes from stupid to sublime and vice versa too much for his heart to take.

"We look one of the best teams in the league when we are on the front foot but we do get rattled at times. It was a crazy game of rugby league and a real topsy-turvy affair," said Powell.

"Rangi is a special player but I tend to be on the edge of my seat when he has the ball. Gareth Hock was in rampaging form for Widnes but it was a big effort from us near the end.

"It took a big effort from us to get the job done and we scrambled well in the second half. It was a game we needed to win."

The result has little effect on the bottom of the Super League table however at the top Warrington ensured Huddersfield didn't get too carried away with their win over Wigan.

The Wolves overcame Wakefield 26-14 -- Joel Monaghan with two tries and Brett Hodgson with one -- to move into second and keep Huddersfield's lead to one point.

However, coach Tony Smith has called for a better showing if Warrington are to maintain their pursuit of the Giants -- starting with Thursday's clash with Widnes.

"Hopefully we can turn it round quickly," said Smith.

"There were not too many stand outs and not many players punching the air with their performances.

"We weren't quite at our best but hopefully we can finish the season strong."

Huddersfield beat Wigan in their Friday night clash 30-12 but Giants coach Paul Anderson was left fuming at a shoulder charge by Warriors second-row Epalahame Lauaki on Shaun Lunt.

Catalan Dragons back-row Zeb Taia received a three-game suspension this week for a shoulder offence and Anderson said: "It's exactly the same except Shaun got up. It's a late shot on a ball-player.

"I felt the officials should have dealt with that differently. In my eyes that is a three-match ban and the Catalan chairman will probably agree with me."

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