Stats Pack: Castleford Tigers

RFL. SL. Rhinos v Tigers. Mon 26th Oct. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos look to make it back to back wins at the start of the 2021 Betfred Super League season tomorrow afternoon against local rivals Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium, kick off 3pm.

As one of the highlight fixtures of the season, before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Daryl Powell’s sides.

Team Head to Head

Both Castleford and Leeds kicked off the new Betfred Super League season with wins. Leeds managed to edge out Wakefield Trinity 28-22 before Castleford took apart Warrington on Sunday, winning 22-21. Against the Wolves, the statistics that Powell’s side produced puts them back among the competitors after a disappointing end to 2020. In their opening game against Warrington, Castleford made 1412 metres (the most out of any side in the opening round) carried the ball 163 times (the second most in the league) and offloaded the ball 14 times (third most in the league, with Warrington making 20) as they cruised to a seemingly comfortable win.

Leeds on the other hand had to battle with Wakefield but overall, came out on top. Along with Hull KR, Catalans and St Helens, the Rhinos are joint first for tries scored with five, thanks to Luke Briscoe, Alex Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Brad Dwyer and Jack Broadbent. The Rhinos also made the second most clean breaks (six); only Catalans made more in their win against Hull KR. A positive turnaround has seen a reduction in the amount of errors Leeds make in a game. The Rhinos made the most errors throughout the 2020 season but are currently joint bottom after the first round this year, only making nine.

Leeds’ Top Performer in Round One

After impressing with a try against Huddersfield during pre season, young centre Jack Broadbent made a memorable first outing for Leeds in 2021. A product of the Rhinos Academy, Broadbent was one of a number of young players that made their debuts last season, playing three games against Catalans, Warrington and St Helens in the halves, and coming in to 2021, was widely tipped for to continue his development. Against Trinity, he was one of the stand out players, making the most metres, tackle busts and joint clean breaks out of anyone on the field.

Castleford’s Top Performer in Round One

As previewed in the opposition overview, Paul McShane has history against Leeds and the former Rhino will be looking to continue last season’s form against his former side. The Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner made a positive start to the new season, kicking a goal and important drop goal to take the game away from Warrington with eight minutes remaining as well as making five dummy half runs (joint second most in the League) and, for fans playing Fantasy Super League, he took away 58 points.

Player Milestones

Brad Dwyer

Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer can make his 200th career appearance against the Tigers. Dwyer has played 71 times for the Rhinos since he signed in 2018 from Warrington Wolves, where he made 88 appearances. He has also played on loan at Huddersfield (six apps), Swinton Lions (19 apps), London Broncos (12 apps) and Featherstone Rovers (three apps).

Michael Shenton

Castleford legend Michael Shenton can surpass two milestones in his career tomorrow night. Should he appear at his usual position of centre, he will be making his 400th career appearance, having made 329 for the Tigers, 58 for St Helens and 12 for England. The second is, should he score eight points, he will reach 500 Super League points. For the black and ambers, he has score 432 points and he also scored 60 during two years at St Helens.

Liam Watts

Power forward Liam Watts is another Tigers player that could hit a major career appearance milestone tomorrow afternoon. Watts is only one appearance away from reaching 300 career appearances, having made 68 for Castleford, 152 for former club Hull FC as well as 63 for Hull KR over four years. He has also made appearances for Doncaster and Newcastle while on dual registration and also one appearance for England Knights.

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