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Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers, Friday 5th February, 8pm

30th January 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos will return to Headingley Carnegie for the first time this season next Friday when they take on Castleford Tigers in a massive West Yorkshire derby.

The Rhinos ran out comfortable 76-12 winners the last time the two sides met at Headingley Carnegie when Ryan Hall was the man of the hour with five tries. However, that was a rare blip on the copybook for an impressive young Tigers outfit in their 2009 campaign when they finished ahead of the likes of Hull FC and Bradford despite limited resources.

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A more even contest happened earlier in the 2009 season when a last gasp penalty from Kevin Sinfield sealed a win for the Rhinos after Michael Shenton had no option but to concede a penalty to prevent a late winning try in torrential conditions, the Rhinos winning 24-22.

Despite the Rhinos running in a record 14 tries against the Tigers in the last meeting at Headingley Carnegie, that game marked the end of an incredible try scoring record for Leeds star Danny McGuire. McGuire scored two tries in the narrow win at the Jungle in May last year which continued an incredible record for the stand off. Since making his first appearance against the Tigers in 2002, he had made eleven appearances against them and had scored in every game against them. In total, McGuire now has 17 tries against the Tigers.

Friday’s game is the 181st league meeting between the sides. So far the Rhinos have won 112 of those fixtures, with 19 of those coming in the Super League era.

The Tigers last win over Leeds came in 2008 at the Jungle when the Rhinos unbeaten start to the season came to an end as Castleford ran out 38-20 winners the week after the epic World Club Challenge win over Melbourne Storm at Elland Road. You have to go back to July 2002 for Castleford’s last win at Headingley Carnegie when two tries from Jon
Wells helped Cas to a 32-24 win over Daryl Powell’s team. Interestingly, only skipper Ryan Hudson remains at Cas from that game whilst the Rhinos are likely to have five players from that era involved next Friday. 

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Leeds Rhinos 10 Castleford Tigers 24

5th February 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Castleford Tigers secured their first win at Headingley Carnegie since 2002 with a 24-10 win over the Champions.

The Rhinos recorded their biggest win of the 2009 season against Castleford on their last visit but that was a rare blip for Terry Matterson’s side in an impressive campaign.

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The teams were met by a foggy night at Headingley Carnegie and both sides were guilty of some cloudy thinking in the opening stages as a number of passes went to ground and chances were few and far between. The Rhinos had the best opportunity when Brent Webb’s short kick only just eluded Kevin Sinfield as he jumped under the shadows of the Castleford posts and the ball was knocked on. 

Leeds lost Carl Ablett after just six minutes to a leg injury which meant Greg Eastwood made his home debut perhaps earlier than he would have anticipated. He immediately got the crowd on their feet with a marauding run, taking four would be tacklers with him.

The home side had another opportunity after 19 minutes when Rob Burrow ducked under the onrushing defence but slipped as the line opened up. He kept alert though and offloaded to Sinfield. The captain threw a wide pass out to Scott Donald but he lost control of the ball trying to stretch out and score in the corner.

However, Leeds did get the first points of the game after 24 minutes and it came from a familiar foe for the Tigers. Sinfield chopped a short kick into the in goal which held up next to the dead ball line and Danny McGuire was on hand to touchdown in controversial circumstances. Referee Ian Smith was ready to give a goal line drop out but his in goal judge called him back to credit McGuire with the effort. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0. That was McGuire’s 18th try in just 12 meetings with the Tigers and the half back has only failed to score against Cas on one occasion during his career.

The Rhinos had further chances when firstly Jamie Jones-Buchanan broke through in midfield and then eight minutes later, Castleford allowed a bomb to bounce and after a number of richochets Keith Senior was left with a short chip over the line to score but unfortunately he applied too much weight and knock the ball dead.

The home side were left to rue those missed opportunities when Castleford hit back after 33 minutes. This time it was Leeds who were caught out by the grubber kick and James Evans was on hand to touch down. Craig Huby added the conversion to level the score. 

Leeds responded in fine style though and continued to dominate possession and territory. Eventually they got their reward with a minute remaining in the half when they worked the numbers out wide and Brett Delaney powered his way over from close range for a try on his home debut. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt from near the touchline so it remained 10-6 at half time.

The home side had a fantastic opportunity at the start of the second half to extend their lead. Matt Diskin made the break 20 metres from his own line before offloading to Jones-Buchanan. The forward powered up field before passing back inside to Diskin. The hooker looked to hack the ball ahead but lost control and the visitors were able to regather. 

Castleford then put the pressure on Leeds when they trapped Brent Webb in goal but just as it appeared that the Tigers might make the Rhinos pay once again, Sinfield spotted that the visitors had lost concentration and kicked the drop out restart 10 metres before it was regather by Jones-Buchanan.

Leeds were grateful for a great piece of one on one defence by Brent Webb after 52 minutes when he wrapped himself around the ball as Steve Snitch powered for the line. However, Castleford kept the pressure up and eventually Joe Westerman managed to drag himself over the line under pressure from three Leeds defenders to level the score after 54 minutes. He then gave his side the lead for the first time with the conversion.

It got even better for the Tigers six minutes later when Rangi Chase and Brent Sherwin combined a move to perfection. Chase kicked through with Sherwin timing his run to perfection to dive on the loose ball. Westerman added the conversion to make it 18-10.

The Tigers rubbed salt into the wound in the final minute when Dean Widders scored in the corner to secure a famous win for the visitors. Westerman added the conversion to make the final score 24-10.

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