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Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos Friday 15th May, kick off 8pm

3rd May 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos travel to the Jungle for their next clash in the engage Super League when they take on neighbours Castleford Tigers on Friday 15th May, kick off 8pm.

With the Rhinos not involved in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Fifth Round, Leeds fans will be eagerly anticipating this derby clash and tickets are on sale now from the Headingley Carnegie ticket office.

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The tickets are for standing only and are priced at £17.00 for adults and £9.00 for concessions (seniors aged 65 or over, students with a valid ID card and juniors under 16).

Fans wishing to purchase disabled tickets must do so through the Castleford ticket office who can be contacted on 01977 552674.

There is a £1.00 reduction in ticket price for advance ticket purchases therefore we strongly recommend that Leeds Rhinos wishing to buy tickets for this match do so from us before they come off sale at 3.00pm on Friday 15th May.

We also have official ‘Rhinos on the Road’ travel available for this match priced at £9.00 with a 5% discount available for season ticket holders, bronze members and rhinos 2000 members. The coaches will depart from car park F at 5.00pm on the day of the match. To purchase either tickets or travel for this match then please call the ticket office hotline on 0871 423 1315 or book online by clicking here alternatively call into the ticket office in person.

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Castleford Tigers 22 Leeds Rhinos 24

15th May 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos needed a last second penalty from captain Kevin Sinfield to snatch a 24-22 win over Castleford Tigers.

The Rhinos had led 16-0 midway through the first half and then 22-16 during the second half but in horrendous conditions, the Tigers refused to lie down and levelled the game with seven minutes remaining.

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It looked like the Champions would have to settle for a draw until Michael Shenton, who had earlier scored for the Tigers to bring the sides level, gave a penalty away after team mate Brent Sherwin had knocked on a Danny McGuire through kick on his own try line in the last second. Sinfield cooly stepped up and slotted over the penalty to win the game for his side.

McGuire had returned to the starting line up alongside Rob Burrow in the half backs for the Champions after playing off the bench at Murrayfield in the Rhinos last outing almost two weeks earlier. 

Castleford were looking to build on their good start to the season which saw them just two points behind Leeds in the Super League table at kick off.

However, the game turned in the opening couple of minutes when torrential rain started falling at the Jungle which soon more resembled a swamp. As thunder and lightning crackled overhead both teams tried their best to keep the game flowing but any hopes of an expansive game of rugby had gone.

It was the Rhinos who opened the scoring after four minutes and the elements played their part. Rob Burrow broke through in 15 metres out but was tap tackle. He slid towards the line before regaining his feet and sliding over to score next to the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

That lead was doubled five minutes later when McGuire reacted quickest after Ryan McGoldrick lost control of the slippery ball 40 metres from his own line. The half back picked the ball up off his boot laces and raced through to score between the uprights. Sinfield again converted to make it 12-0.

The Rhinos were dealt two blows after that. With the rain continuing to fall torentially the conditions led firstly to an injury to Burrow, who limped from the field with an ankle injury, and then Scott Donald had to be helped from the pitch after losing his footing and colliding with a leg on his way down to the ground. 

The Champions responded in great fashion though and soon crossed for their third try. Having moved down field courtesy of a penalty, clever play released Keith Senior and his reverse pass put Ryan Hall in for the try. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos led 16-0 after as many minutes. 

Castleford got a score back three minutes later when Hall lost control of the ball coming out from his own line and Stuart Jones was able to hack the ball on and touch down for his side’s first try. Kirk Dixon added the conversion to make it 16-6.

Leeds were denied a try by video referee Thaler just after the half hour when he adjudged that a Castleford defender had just got back in time to deny Danny Buderus a well crafted try.

Just to rub salt into the wound, the Tigers scored with their next possession. Senior was penalised for ball stealing and then Leeds were marched back for dissent by Brent Webb. Having gained the field position they needed, Castleford showed patience with the ball and a grubber kick from Rangi Chase allowed Kirk Dixon to race through and touch down. Dixon was off target with the conversion attempt to leave the score at 16-10 after 34 minutes.

The Rhinos managed to hold onto their lead until the break but the scores were level just four minutes after the interval. An offload from Luke Burgess was spilled in the wet conditions by Carl Ablett 40 metres from their own line and it got worse for the prop three tackles later when Chase was able to push off his attempted tackle and score between the posts. Dixon added the conversion to level the score. 

However, the visitors soon edged in front again. Having been awarded a penalty in front of the posts, they elected to take a quick tap and on the last tackle, McGuire’s grubber bounced off the feet of Ryan Boyle and the stand off was alert enough to pick up the loose ball and go over for his second try. That was McGuire’s 17th try in eleven career appearances against Castleford and continued his impressive run against the local rivals. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 22-16 after 50 minutes.

Both teams were struggling to deal with the wet conditions as the cold hands mixed with the wet ball meant plenty of spilled ball. It looked as if a mistake would be the telling factor and that was how it panned out with 12 minutes to go. A long bomb down field drifted away from Webb who was only able to knock the ball back towards his own line. It seemed as if Lee Smith would be able to deal with it but the ball stuck in the sodden turf and Michael Shenton hacked on and dived on the loose ball. Dixon added the conversion to level the score and set up a grandstand finish.

Castleford had a chance straight away to take the lead but a forward pass put pay to that and then Sinfield was twice pressurised by the Tigers defence as he attempted a rush drop goal and had to abort his efforts.

Shenton then had a long range chance to win it for his team but his drop goal chance went wide to the right of the posts. It appeared that the Rhinos would have the chance to counter attack as the clock ran down however Senior lost control of the ball on the first tackle from the tap restart and Leeds had to defend for their lives to keep the Tigers out.

As the clock wound down it appeared that the Rhinos chances had gone but that was before McGuire spotted Jamie Jones-Buchanan outwide and kicked through for him to chase through putting the pressure on Sherwin and forcing the late penalty chance.

Castleford Tigers: McGoldrick, Dixon, Evans, Shenton, Wainwright, Faumuina, Sherwin, Sargent, Chase, Higgins, Ferres, Jones, Westerman
Subs: Feather, Boyle, Clayton, Ford
Leeds Rhinos: Webb, Donald, Smith, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Kirke, Sinfield
Subs: Ablett, Burgess, Diskin, Lauitiiti

Referee: Ian Smith
Video Referee: Ben Thaler
Attendance: 8,082

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