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Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 8th September, kick off 8pm

31st August 2017

By Phil Daly

Tickets and travel are now on sale for the Leeds Rhinos Super 8s match against Castleford Tigers at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, on Friday 8thSeptember kick off 8pm. The tickets are for ground access to the Stadium. These are priced at £20 for adults, £12 for senior citizens (over 60), full time students and juniors (aged 16 and under). Tickets for Junior Season Members must be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Rhinos Ticket Office (Rhinos home match day only).

IMPORTANT NOTES

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  • ALL CONCESSIONS AND JUNIORS MAY BE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF AGE OR STUDENT ID AT THE GAME THEREFORE WE RECOMMEND TAKING A COPY OF ID – IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW ID, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO PAY FULL PRICE TO GAIN ENTRY.
  • JUNIOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS MUST EXCHANGE THEIR VOUCHER FROM THE AWAY BOOK IN ADVANCE AND ARE REQUESTED TO USE TURNSTILE 15 TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE STADIUM. NO EXCHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED ON MATCH DAY.
  • GROUND ENTRY INCREASES BY £2 ON MATCH DAY.

Ambulant Disabled tickets are on sale from Leeds Rhinos and are priced depending on age and area, helper tickets are also available if required upon production of valid ID. Castleford only allow supporters on medium or high level of disability allowance, a carers ticket. Wheelchair Disabled fans need to buy their tickets via Castleford. Disabled Parking and Reserved seating can be pre-booked by calling the Castleford Ticket Office. Castleford Tigers Ticket Office number is 01977 552674. Advance pricing for seating is £23 adults and £15 for concessions.

Official Coach Travel for this match is priced at £10. The coach will depart from St Michaels Lane at 5.30pm on the road side outside Car Parks D & E. Don’t forget that if you are a 2017 season member you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season membership card at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (Rhinos home match day only) – terms and conditions apply. Please note, that due to the construction work at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and cricket matches, car parking on site in Car Park F will be limited.

Alternatively, a second pick up point in Leeds City Centre is available next to the Yorkshire Post Building. Coaches will pick up at the bus stop on the slip road between Wellington Street and Wellington Road (A58). This can be booked at the point of sale – please stipulate where you wish to depart from. The coach will depart from Headingley Carnegie Stadium and pick up en route therefore please ensure you are present within 10 minutes of the departure time from Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Match tickets will be available until 3pm on Friday 8th September from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0371 423 13 15, come down to the Leeds Rugby Retail Store @ Headingley Carnegie Stadium or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk.

Castleford Tigers details are:

Ground Address – Castleford Tigers, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Wheldon Road, Castleford. WF10 2SD

Website – www.castigers.com

Ticket Hotline Number – 01977 553674

Car Parking – Car Parking is available at £5 per car, Coach Parking £10.

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Castleford Tigers 38 Leeds Rhinos 24

8th September 2017

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos produced a tough second half effort but gave themselves too much to do as they were caught by a Castleford Tigers express train in the first half at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers led 30-6 at the break and left themselves a mountain to climb in the second half against the run away league leaders.

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The Rhinos were dealt a blow before kick off when Brett Delaney was ruled out with a hamstring injury, suffered in the warm up.

Castleford thought they had created the first chance before they were pulled back soon after for a forward pass and it was the Rhinos who opened the scoring following a strong run by Kallum Watkins, as the England man proved too strong near the line for Greg Eden to stop. Watkins increased the lead with a superb conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after seven minutes.

The Tigers were not put off their stride by that set back and continued to apply pressure on attack. Ryan Hall was forced to gamble on an attempted intercept that went down but from the ensuing scrum, they spread play across the field and Eden went over for his 37th try of the season. Luke Gale added the conversion to level the game after 15 minutes.

Castleford then showed their clinical hall mark from this season with three quick tries to seize the advantage. The first came after Danny McGuire lost the ball in traffic, the Leeds skipper appealed for a ball steal but referee Jack Smith was happy to play on and eventually Ben Roberts went over. The half back dummied to throw the ball wide before shooting through the gap in the Rhinos defence.

In their next possession, they crossed again. Having forced a repeat set when Briscoe denied them a try chasing back to collect Roberts through kick, they did cross through Jake Webster. Liam Sutcliffe produced a try saving tackle but it went unrewarded as the Tigers got a quick play the ball and McShane put Webster over from short range.

The third try had a slice in good fortune for the home side as a high kick was knocked down and the Tigers regathered. Alex Foster came charging onto the pass and stretched out to score. Gale converted all three tries to put his side into a 24-6 lead after 30 minutes.

The home side were denied another try for Michael Shenton for obstruction but they did increase their lead before the break when Gale’s kick along the ground, bounced up and over the chasing Leeds defenders and Roberts was quickest to react to collect and touch down before he went out of play. Gale’s conversion made it 30-6 to the League Leaders at half time and the Rhinos were enduring another long night at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Rhinos, just as they had in the first half, crossed for the opening try of the half after just six minutes. It came from a spilled high ball by Minikin and from the scrum, Jamie Jones-Buchanan picked up and powered his way passed three would be tacklers to score. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 30-12 after 46 minutes.

However, Leeds once again did not allow themselves to gain any momentum and came up with an error from the re-start. The Tigers once again punished them as Minikin made up for his earlier error but cutting in off his wing and through the Leeds defence to score. Gale was on target again to extend the home side’s lead to 36-12.

The next twenty minutes were a real scrappy affair with both teams dropping too much ball and eventually it was Leeds who grabbed their chance. Matt Parcell picked up from dummy half and showed sheer determination to get over the line and spin over to touch it down. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 36-18 with fifteen minutes to go.

The visitors had opportunities to make further in roads into the lead but a combination of good defence from the Tigers and dropped ball from the Rhinos saw the chances go begging. Eventually Castleford were able to get clear and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Gale kicked to put his side twenty points in front with just nine minutes to play.

In the final play of game, Mitch Garbutt held off five would be tacklers before eventually stepping inside the full back to touch down as the hooter sounded. Watkins added the conversion to make the final score 38-24.

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