Hat-trick hero Eden puts success down to team-mates

Successive try hat-tricks against Leeds Rhinos and St Helens have put Greg Eden on target to beat the club record set by Denny Solomona only last year, but Castleford Tigers’ outside back is playing down his own part in his side’s success.

Eden took his try tally in the Betfred Super League to 18 for the season with his latest hat-trick at Magic Weekend and he is on 21 overall after a treble the previous week against Saints in the Challenge Cup – but he insists his team-mates deserve the credit for his scoring exploits.

Greg Eden dives over for one of his three tries against Leeds Rhinos.

Greg Eden dives over for one of his three tries against Leeds Rhinos.

Of his 17-minute hat-trick against the Rhinos, he said: “It’s credit to Shenny’s (Michael Shenton’s) skill and Galey’s (Luke Gale’s) eyes to look up and see where I am.”

“I think it was down to those two guys rather than myself.

“It is awesome playing outside Shenny, it’s a joy and I am learning a lot as well. I reckon he’s set up three-quarters of my tries so far this year.

“But that’s what wingers are here to do – score – and if players keep providing me with them like that then I will be happy and keep on finishing them off.”

Eden could have had a fourth try at St James’ Park as he raced 90 metres downfield for what looked a spectacular score only to be denied by video referee Ben Thaler’s controversial decision that there had been obstruction in the build-up when the Tigers had tried to pull off a smart move straight from a scrum deep in their own half.

“It was a pretty classy try, the one that got chalked off,” said Eden.

“It was touch and go, but it was a pretty good one and it defines how we play.”

Castleford’s sixth successive victory over Leeds was not as clear cut as their victory over them at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle earlier in the season, but Eden reckons it was just as pleasing as it showed they could find a way to win a big game that was closely contested.

He said: “It was a good sign for us. The first half was really intense. It was like a final, but we pulled away from them in the second half and if we can keep doing that, pulling away from tight games like that, I think we’ll be going in the right direction.”

Eden is halfway towards Solomona’s club try record and has done it a week earlier than the Tigers’ former left winger, adding to the belief that he can force himself into the England squad for the World Cup.

“I’m not sure to be honest as there are a lot of good wingers in Super League all fighting for the same spot,” he added.

“I’ll just keep trying to do my thing, keep improving and hopefully at some point I’ll get there.

“But first we’ve Widnes at home on Friday and you can’t underestimate teams down there struggling. They’ll be really striving for that win so we need to keep focused, stay on board and play like we do and we should be all right.”