• Castleford Tigers
  • 29 - 18

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 6 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos
21st May 2017 | KO 17:30 | St James' Park, Newcastle | Dacia Magic Weekend

Castleford Tigers 29 Leeds Rhinos 18

Leeds Rhinos lost out 29-18 to Castleford Tigers at the Dacia Magic Weekend after a second half blitz from the Betfred Super League leaders.

The Rhinos wanted a big start against the Tigers but they found themselves behind after just five minutes. Luke Gale had already given notice of his intent with a tricky kick to the right wing in the opening set, which Danny McGuire and Tom Briscoe had dealt with, however when he went for the corner again, the catch was spilled and Gale raced through to collect and score. He converted his own try to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Castleford enjoyed the better of the early possession and had a great chance when Michael Shenton broke clear on halfway but his pass to Gale was spilled and the chance went begging.

Leeds grew into the game after that and capitalised on an error by the Tigers near their own line. Greg Minikin ran back McGuire’s grubber kick from his own in goal but knocked on in contact ten metres from his own line. Brad Singleton went over two tackles later but was adjudged to have been held up however Leeds kept their heads and a miss pass by McGuire put Kallum Watkins in space and he went through the cover to score. Liam Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away to leave the Rhinos 6-4 behind after 15 minutes.

The game settled it a pattern after the Rhinos score with the teams going set to set in an absorbing contest. The Tigers looked to gain more joy from the aerial threat posed by Gale’s kicking whilst Leeds went close when Anthony Mullally was held up over the line between the posts.

However, it looked as if Castleford had struck a decisive blow heading towards half time when they produced a set play from a scrum that put Greg Eden in space. The in form winger broke down field and was chased all the way by Ashton Golding before Ryan Hall tackled him as he went over the line. The decision was referred to the video ref Ben Thaler who spotted an obstruction by Shenton on Watkins at the start of the attack that prevented the England centre getting to Gale. The try was disallowed and Sutcliffe kicked the subsequent penalty to level the score.

Leeds thought they had then hit the front in the final minutes of the half when Watkins touched down again only for Ash Handley’s last pass to be ruled forward.

Just as in the first half, Castleford had the better of the early exchanges at the start of the second half. A brilliant cover tackle by Golding denied Shenton after he held the Castleford skipper up over the line. Junior Moors then thought he had scored only to be denied on the line. However, the Tigers made their pressure count after an error by Leeds gave them possession inside the Rhinos half once again. They moved the ball along the backline and Eden found himself in space to score in the corner.

Castleford had their tails up now and sensed their chance to turn the screw. They crossed for a third try four minutes later when Shenton flicked a pass out from behind his back to Eden to score. Gale was on target again from wide out to make it 18-6.

Leeds managed to get some possession after that on the back of a penalty from a scrum but on the last tackle McGuire’s kick was caught by Tom Holmes on the full and the half back raced 90 metres up field to score. Gale missed the conversion but his side had taken a decisive lead at 22-6 with 22 minutes to go.

Eden completed his hat trick with 15 minutes to go in the game after the Tigers moved the ball the width of the pitch to create space outwide. Gale was back on target from the touchline and his side had a 26 point lead.

Leeds did manage to get the next score after an error from Eden from a high kick by Burrow. The ball was moved in field and Moon held off the attempted tackle by Holmes before stretching out to score. Sutcliffe added the conversion.

Gale edged his side closer to victory with a drop goal from close range with nine minutes to go.

The Rhinos battled to the end and they got they reward when Stevie Ward produced a no look pass to Sutcliffe, who showed great strength to get over the line and score. He converted his own try to cut the gap to 29-18 with two minutes to go and that was how it remained until the final hooter.

Team Performance







Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins1000000
Liam Sutcliffe1300000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Joel Moon1000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards