• Castleford Tigers
  • 38 - 24

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 30 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos
8th September 2017 | KO 20:00 | Mend-A-Hose Jungle | Super League Super 8s

Castleford Tigers 38 Leeds Rhinos 24

Leeds Rhinos produced a tough second half effort but gave themselves too much to do as they were caught by a Castleford Tigers express train in the first half at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers led 30-6 at the break and left themselves a mountain to climb in the second half against the run away league leaders.

The Rhinos were dealt a blow before kick off when Brett Delaney was ruled out with a hamstring injury, suffered in the warm up.

Castleford thought they had created the first chance before they were pulled back soon after for a forward pass and it was the Rhinos who opened the scoring following a strong run by Kallum Watkins, as the England man proved too strong near the line for Greg Eden to stop. Watkins increased the lead with a superb conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after seven minutes.

The Tigers were not put off their stride by that set back and continued to apply pressure on attack. Ryan Hall was forced to gamble on an attempted intercept that went down but from the ensuing scrum, they spread play across the field and Eden went over for his 37th try of the season. Luke Gale added the conversion to level the game after 15 minutes.

Castleford then showed their clinical hall mark from this season with three quick tries to seize the advantage. The first came after Danny McGuire lost the ball in traffic, the Leeds skipper appealed for a ball steal but referee Jack Smith was happy to play on and eventually Ben Roberts went over. The half back dummied to throw the ball wide before shooting through the gap in the Rhinos defence.

In their next possession, they crossed again. Having forced a repeat set when Briscoe denied them a try chasing back to collect Roberts through kick, they did cross through Jake Webster. Liam Sutcliffe produced a try saving tackle but it went unrewarded as the Tigers got a quick play the ball and McShane put Webster over from short range.

The third try had a slice in good fortune for the home side as a high kick was knocked down and the Tigers regathered. Alex Foster came charging onto the pass and stretched out to score. Gale converted all three tries to put his side into a 24-6 lead after 30 minutes.

The home side were denied another try for Michael Shenton for obstruction but they did increase their lead before the break when Gale’s kick along the ground, bounced up and over the chasing Leeds defenders and Roberts was quickest to react to collect and touch down before he went out of play. Gale’s conversion made it 30-6 to the League Leaders at half time and the Rhinos were enduring another long night at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Rhinos, just as they had in the first half, crossed for the opening try of the half after just six minutes. It came from a spilled high ball by Minikin and from the scrum, Jamie Jones-Buchanan picked up and powered his way passed three would be tacklers to score. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 30-12 after 46 minutes.

However, Leeds once again did not allow themselves to gain any momentum and came up with an error from the re-start. The Tigers once again punished them as Minikin made up for his earlier error but cutting in off his wing and through the Leeds defence to score. Gale was on target again to extend the home side’s lead to 36-12.

The next twenty minutes were a real scrappy affair with both teams dropping too much ball and eventually it was Leeds who grabbed their chance. Matt Parcell picked up from dummy half and showed sheer determination to get over the line and spin over to touch it down. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 36-18 with fifteen minutes to go.

The visitors had opportunities to make further in roads into the lead but a combination of good defence from the Tigers and dropped ball from the Rhinos saw the chances go begging. Eventually Castleford were able to get clear and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Gale kicked to put his side twenty points in front with just nine minutes to play.

In the final play of game, Mitch Garbutt held off five would be tacklers before eventually stepping inside the full back to touch down as the hooter sounded. Watkins added the conversion to make the final score 38-24.

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Leeds Rhinos produced a tough second half effort but gave themselves too much to do as they were caught by a Castleford Tigers express train in the first half at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers led 30-6 at the break and left themselves a mountain to climb in the second half against the run away league leaders.

The Rhinos were dealt a blow before kick off when Brett Delaney was ruled out with a hamstring injury, suffered in the warm up.

Castleford thought they had created the first chance before they were pulled back soon after for a forward pass and it was the Rhinos who opened the scoring following a strong run by Kallum Watkins, as the England man proved too strong near the line for Greg Eden to stop. Watkins increased the lead with a superb conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after seven minutes.

The Tigers were not put off their stride by that set back and continued to apply pressure on attack. Ryan Hall was forced to gamble on an attempted intercept that went down but from the ensuing scrum, they spread play across the field and Eden went over for his 37th try of the season. Luke Gale added the conversion to level the game after 15 minutes.

Castleford then showed their clinical hall mark from this season with three quick tries to seize the advantage. The first came after Danny McGuire lost the ball in traffic, the Leeds skipper appealed for a ball steal but referee Jack Smith was happy to play on and eventually Ben Roberts went over. The half back dummied to throw the ball wide before shooting through the gap in the Rhinos defence.

In their next possession, they crossed again. Having forced a repeat set when Briscoe denied them a try chasing back to collect Roberts through kick, they did cross through Jake Webster. Liam Sutcliffe produced a try saving tackle but it went unrewarded as the Tigers got a quick play the ball and McShane put Webster over from short range.

The third try had a slice in good fortune for the home side as a high kick was knocked down and the Tigers regathered. Alex Foster came charging onto the pass and stretched out to score. Gale converted all three tries to put his side into a 24-6 lead after 30 minutes.

The home side were denied another try for Michael Shenton for obstruction but they did increase their lead before the break when Gale’s kick along the ground, bounced up and over the chasing Leeds defenders and Roberts was quickest to react to collect and touch down before he went out of play. Gale’s conversion made it 30-6 to the League Leaders at half time and the Rhinos were enduring another long night at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Rhinos, just as they had in the first half, crossed for the opening try of the half after just six minutes. It came from a spilled high ball by Minikin and from the scrum, Jamie Jones-Buchanan picked up and powered his way passed three would be tacklers to score. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 30-12 after 46 minutes.

However, Leeds once again did not allow themselves to gain any momentum and came up with an error from the re-start. The Tigers once again punished them as Minikin made up for his earlier error but cutting in off his wing and through the Leeds defence to score. Gale was on target again to extend the home side’s lead to 36-12.

The next twenty minutes were a real scrappy affair with both teams dropping too much ball and eventually it was Leeds who grabbed their chance. Matt Parcell picked up from dummy half and showed sheer determination to get over the line and spin over to touch it down. Watkins added the conversion to cut the gap to 36-18 with fifteen minutes to go.

The visitors had opportunities to make further in roads into the lead but a combination of good defence from the Tigers and dropped ball from the Rhinos saw the chances go begging. Eventually Castleford were able to get clear and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Gale kicked to put his side twenty points in front with just nine minutes to play.

In the final play of game, Mitch Garbutt held off five would be tacklers before eventually stepping inside the full back to touch down as the hooter sounded. Watkins added the conversion to make the final score 38-24.

Team Performance

Goals

0

4

Tries

0

4

Player Performance

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Jack Walker0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins1400000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Jordan Lilley0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Matt Parcell1000000
Mitchell Garbutt1000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan1000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Interchanges
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Ashton Golding0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards