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Leeds Rhinos 56 Castleford Tigers 0

12th August 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos produced a second consecutive home shut out as they ran out 56-0 win over Castleford Tigers.

They faced a Castleford side who were reeling from their extra time loss to the Rhinos just five days earlier at Doncaster but who were just a point behind Brian McDermott's side in the table.

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Leeds were without Brett Delaney, with the departing Ali Lauitiiti coming into the side. Castleford were without a number of players including Rangi Chase, who was not used despite returning to the UK after his court case in Australia.

The Rhinos started in determined mood despite the drizzly wet conditions. They attacked with pace and purpose and were unlucky not to lead inside the opening minutes when Kallum Watkins blasted past his opposite number Willie Isa before going 50 metres up field and passing inside to Danny Buderus. However, the Australia lost the ball with the line at his mercy and the chance was gone.

Leeds had a number of chances in the opening quarter but individual errors prevented them from getting over the line. Ryan Hall was also harshly denied a try for a forward pass when replays suggested the score should have stood. However, they did not lose their composure and continued to run hard at the Tigers defence. The home side too had to defence well and it took a great combination from Ryan Hall and Brent Webb to deny the visitors on their first attack after 15 minutes.

However, that was the signal for the Rhinos to move up a gear and they opened the scoring through Jamie Jones-Buchanan. It was a try that Tigers winger Richard Owen will want to forget. Danny McGuire kicked across the wet surface and as Owen waited for it to run dead, the Leeds forward nipped in to touch down.

If that try had an element of good fortune the next one was just pure class. It started with a brilliant take by Ben Jones-Bishop from a Danny Orr bomb. Then Buderus set Jones-Buchanan away and he raced clear up field, galloping over 40 metres before stepping back across the onrushing defence and passing to Ryan Hall. Hall, who was having a fantastic game, then bamboozled the Tigers defenders with great skill to cut back inside and score between the posts after 23 minutes.

Two minutes later, Leeds were in again when Kallum Watkins this time finished off a flowing move to reach out and score. Sinfield added all three conversions to make it 18-0.

Castleford came back again and looked to have scored through their skipper Orr but the in goal judge spotted that he had lost control as he attempted to ground the ball and the score was denied.

The half ended with Sinfield kicking a penalty on the hooter following a number of high shots from the visitors to make the half time score 20-0.

The Rhinos finished the game as a contest with three tries inside the first ten minutes of the second half. The first came from Brent Webb after a great break by Carl Ablett and Danny McGuire. Ben Jones-Bishop then crossed for his second try of the game as he took Weller Hauraki's high pass, following a sensational break by the Kiwi, and he cut back inside to score. The rout was completed when Sinfield threw an audacious dummy and unselfishly put Ali Lauitiiti in for a try that received the biggest cheer of the night. Sinfield convert two of the three tries to put the Rhinos 36-0 in front.

However, even with such a handsome lead the Rhinos continued to defend their line as if their lives depended on it. Time and again they repelled the Tigers who looked haunted at times as they could find no way through.

Rob Burrow got the scoring going again just after the hour mark as he grabbed a brace with some fine support play taking a pass from Ablett and then Buderus for a quick fire double. With Sinfield enjoying a rest on the bench, Burrow converted both.

There was still time for McGuire to score his 21st try against Castleford in his 17th career appearance against the Tigers before Brent Webb wrapped up an incredible night for the Rhinos with a 56-0 win.

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