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Castleford Tigers 38 Leeds Rhinos 10

Leeds Rhinos endured a nightmare at the Dacia Magic Weekend as Castleford Tigers roared once again in the derby clash to run out convincing winners in front of a 38,881 at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

The Rhinos fell behind after 13 minutes when they were penalised in midfield. The Tigers kicked for touch and managed to create and opening for winger Jy Hitchcox, who stretched out one handed to score in the corner. Jamie Ellis added the conversion from the touchline to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Leeds lost Richie Myler after the try as he had to have a concussion assessment following an earlier high shot and they found themselves further behind when former Rhino Alex Foster cut in from wide out to take a pass and race through the gap and score.

Ellis added the conversion and a subsequent penalty to give his side a 14-0 lead midway through the first half.

For the Rhinos, Jack Walker looked dangerous when he got into possession, coping well with several high kicks and making a number of half breaks. The Rhinos best chance came following a mazy run by Ash Handley across the field with several interchanges of passes but the Tigers muscled up in defence and managed to see off the danger.

Things got worse for the Champions just minutes before half time when Junior Moors managed to get over between the posts. It looked as if Leeds had seen off the initial danger when Michael Shenton was stopped by Myler near the Rhinos line but the Tigers got a repeat set and Moor powered his way over through defenders to score. The decision went to the video referee Ben Thaler but he agreed with the on field decision and the Tigers now led 20-0.

With the final kick of the first half, Ellis made it 22-0 with a penalty from half way and, just like at Elland Road earlier in the season, the Rhinos found themselves with a mountain to climb at the break.

The task got even harder at the start of the second half when Castleford skipper Michael Shenton managed to keep the ball in the arm as he spun in the tackle and stretched out to score just two minutes into the second half. Ellis was on target again to give is a 28-0 lead.

Leeds had a great chance to hit back ten minutes into the second half when Matt Parcell supported the half break by Joel Moon before racing passed Paul McShane and he looked on his way to score only to be hauled down inches short of the line. The hooker was then denied by the video referee Ben Thaler, who spotted an obstruction when Parcell dived through a gap after taking an offload.

The Rhinos did managed to score on their next visit to the Castleford line when Mikolaj Oledzki crossed for his first Super League try, bumping off the initial tackle before racing through to score from 20 metres out. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 28-6.

However, the skipper was soon helped from the field after suffering a knee injury and the Rhinos then lost Jack Walker when he picked up an injury trying to get out of his own in goal. The Tigers managed to add to their lead after that when Adam Milner went over between the posts. Ellis added the conversion to give his side a commanding 34-6 lead with 19 minutes to go.

The Tigers increased their lead five minutes later when replacement Oliver Holmes went through some tired Rhinos defence to score from 15 metres out. Ellis missed his first kick at goal on the night but his side were in total command at 38-6.

The Rhinos did manage to cross for the final try of the game when Brett Ferres went over against his former club after good work by Tom Briscoe but it was scant consolation for the Champions as they lost out 38-10 to Daryl Powell’s side.

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Castleford Tigers 38 Leeds Rhinos 10

Leeds Rhinos endured a nightmare at the Dacia Magic Weekend as Castleford Tigers roared once again in the derby clash to run out convincing winners in front of a 38,881 at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

The Rhinos fell behind after 13 minutes when they were penalised in midfield. The Tigers kicked for touch and managed to create and opening for winger Jy Hitchcox, who stretched out one handed to score in the corner. Jamie Ellis added the conversion from the touchline to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Leeds lost Richie Myler after the try as he had to have a concussion assessment following an earlier high shot and they found themselves further behind when former Rhino Alex Foster cut in from wide out to take a pass and race through the gap and score.

Ellis added the conversion and a subsequent penalty to give his side a 14-0 lead midway through the first half.

For the Rhinos, Jack Walker looked dangerous when he got into possession, coping well with several high kicks and making a number of half breaks. The Rhinos best chance came following a mazy run by Ash Handley across the field with several interchanges of passes but the Tigers muscled up in defence and managed to see off the danger.

Things got worse for the Champions just minutes before half time when Junior Moors managed to get over between the posts. It looked as if Leeds had seen off the initial danger when Michael Shenton was stopped by Myler near the Rhinos line but the Tigers got a repeat set and Moor powered his way over through defenders to score. The decision went to the video referee Ben Thaler but he agreed with the on field decision and the Tigers now led 20-0.

With the final kick of the first half, Ellis made it 22-0 with a penalty from half way and, just like at Elland Road earlier in the season, the Rhinos found themselves with a mountain to climb at the break.

The task got even harder at the start of the second half when Castleford skipper Michael Shenton managed to keep the ball in the arm as he spun in the tackle and stretched out to score just two minutes into the second half. Ellis was on target again to give is a 28-0 lead.

Leeds had a great chance to hit back ten minutes into the second half when Matt Parcell supported the half break by Joel Moon before racing passed Paul McShane and he looked on his way to score only to be hauled down inches short of the line. The hooker was then denied by the video referee Ben Thaler, who spotted an obstruction when Parcell dived through a gap after taking an offload.

The Rhinos did managed to score on their next visit to the Castleford line when Mikolaj Oledzki crossed for his first Super League try, bumping off the initial tackle before racing through to score from 20 metres out. Kallum Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 28-6.

However, the skipper was soon helped from the field after suffering a knee injury and the Rhinos then lost Jack Walker when he picked up an injury trying to get out of his own in goal. The Tigers managed to add to their lead after that when Adam Milner went over between the posts. Ellis added the conversion to give his side a commanding 34-6 lead with 19 minutes to go.

The Tigers increased their lead five minutes later when replacement Oliver Holmes went through some tired Rhinos defence to score from 15 metres out. Ellis missed his first kick at goal on the night but his side were in total command at 38-6.

The Rhinos did manage to cross for the final try of the game when Brett Ferres went over against his former club after good work by Tom Briscoe but it was scant consolation for the Champions as they lost out 38-10 to Daryl Powell’s side.