• Castleford 23-22 St Helens
• Luke Gale scores winner 16 days after appendectomy
Castleford became the first side to book their place in next weekend’s Super League Grand Final after winning one of the great semi-final games in recent history, the Tigers progressing to Old Trafford thanks to Luke Gale’s golden point field goal.
It looked certain that St Helens, who had scored three unanswered tries to lead by two points with seconds remaining, would not need extra-time to reach the Grand Final – before Gale sent the game into golden point with a penalty after the full-time hooter. And the England half-back, who was a major doubt for this game just two weeks ago after undergoing emergency surgery, proved to be the Tigers’ hero, ensuring they reach Old Trafford for the first time in their history and are now just 80 minutes away from becoming champions.