Castleford totally outplayed their play-off rivals Widnes in a one-sided game at The Jungle, running in seven tries including two second-half efforts by winger Darren Rogers in a 40-2 victory.
Jules O'Neill put Widnes ahead with a ninth-minute penalty, but the hosts got the opening try in the 16th minute through hooker Ryan Hudson.
Widnes had a let-off soon after when Wayne Bartrim and Mitch Healey made an opening for Damian Gibson but he knocked on over the try line. The Tigers were out of luck again when skipper Danny Orr's effort was disallowed for a forward pass, but increased their lead in the 28th minute through full-back Tom Saxton.
Widnes's hopes faded further two minutes into the second half when good play by Orr, Andy Lynch and Michael Eagar resulted in Rogers going over.
The Vikings tried hard to get back in the game, but Tigers struck again in the 53rd minute when Rogers raced 70 yards to put his side 22-2 up. The game was put beyond Widnes's reach when Orr's pass put Lynch over, and there were also tries for Andy McNally and on-loan signing Jon Hepworth.
Leigh will meet Whitehaven in an Arriva Trains Cup semi-final after a 26-6 win over Featherstone. The Centurions took the early advantage thanks to tries from Damian Munro and Dale Cardoza but the visitors showed resilience. A Stuart Dickens penalty reduced arrears before Adrian Flynn scored to silence the home fans. Tries from Cardoza, John Duffy and a fine solo effort from Munro sealed the win.
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