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Castleford Tigers 42 Leeds Rhinos 10

Kevin Sinfield endured a tough first afternoon as Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby as his side lost out 42-10 to Castleford Tigers after being in the game at half time when they trailed just 16-10 after two first half tries from Tom Briscoe.

Castleford Tigers gave the Rhinos an early scare when they broke through on their first attack only for Greg Eden to spill the final pass with the line at his mercy.

The Rhinos responded in fine form however and crossed for the opening try of the game after six minutes. Skipper Stevie Ward, on his return to the side, created the chance as he broke through and then passed wide to Tom Briscoe. The winger showed a great burst of speed to take him clear of his opposite number from 30 metres out to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to give Kevin Sinfield’s side an early 6-0 lead.

Castleford responded almost immediately as they punished an error by the Rhinos in their own half and used the free play to put Greg Eden in space to score in the corner. Jamie Ellis missed the conversion so the Rhinos held their narrow lead.

The Tigers enjoyed a long spell of pressure on the Leeds line after that as they looked to maintain their momentum but the Rhinos stood firm and the home side were guilty of trying to force the pass to create an opening.

The Rhinos then struck for their second try of the game and once again it was Ward and Briscoe who were involved. Ward started the move before finding Liam Sutcliffe produced a sublime offload to put his winger away down the touchline. Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos now led 10-4 after 18 minutes.

Leeds had to produce some desperate try line defence to keep Castleford out after that but eventually they made the pressure count when Quentin Laulu-Togage’e went over following a break away from the Tigers. He cut back inside the retreating defence and went over under the posts. Ellis added the conversion to level the score.

Castleford sensed their time to pounce and they hit the Rhinos again soon after to take the lead for the first time in the game. Matt Cook timed his run to perfection to collect the ball after one bounce from Ellis grubber kick just ahead of Ashton Golding to go over for the try. Ellis added the conversion to make it 16-10 at half time.

The Rhinos lost skipper Stevie Ward at the start of the second half after he had to go off following an injury suffered in a tackle.

The Tigers extended their lead soon after when Jake Trueman managed to wrong foot the visitors defence to cut back and score. Ellis was on target again to give his side a 22-10 advantage.

Leeds worked hard after that to try and create an opportunity but they could find no way through the home defence.

Castleford then struck a vital blow midway through the second half when Trueman produced an almost carbon copy move to go over for his second try. Ellis was on target again and his side now led by three converted tries at 28-10.

Daryl Powell’s men then made sure of the points with two tries from forward Jesse Sene-Lefao. The first came from a grubber kick that bounced up for him in front of the Leeds defender and he proved too strong to stop and then, two sets later, the same man was initially held up by Jack Walker but he could not stop him from rolling back the other way to force the ball down. Ellis added the conversion to make it 40-10.

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Castleford Tigers 42 Leeds Rhinos 10

Kevin Sinfield endured a tough first afternoon as Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby as his side lost out 42-10 to Castleford Tigers after being in the game at half time when they trailed just 16-10 after two first half tries from Tom Briscoe.

Castleford Tigers gave the Rhinos an early scare when they broke through on their first attack only for Greg Eden to spill the final pass with the line at his mercy.

The Rhinos responded in fine form however and crossed for the opening try of the game after six minutes. Skipper Stevie Ward, on his return to the side, created the chance as he broke through and then passed wide to Tom Briscoe. The winger showed a great burst of speed to take him clear of his opposite number from 30 metres out to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to give Kevin Sinfield’s side an early 6-0 lead.

Castleford responded almost immediately as they punished an error by the Rhinos in their own half and used the free play to put Greg Eden in space to score in the corner. Jamie Ellis missed the conversion so the Rhinos held their narrow lead.

The Tigers enjoyed a long spell of pressure on the Leeds line after that as they looked to maintain their momentum but the Rhinos stood firm and the home side were guilty of trying to force the pass to create an opening.

The Rhinos then struck for their second try of the game and once again it was Ward and Briscoe who were involved. Ward started the move before finding Liam Sutcliffe produced a sublime offload to put his winger away down the touchline. Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos now led 10-4 after 18 minutes.

Leeds had to produce some desperate try line defence to keep Castleford out after that but eventually they made the pressure count when Quentin Laulu-Togage’e went over following a break away from the Tigers. He cut back inside the retreating defence and went over under the posts. Ellis added the conversion to level the score.

Castleford sensed their time to pounce and they hit the Rhinos again soon after to take the lead for the first time in the game. Matt Cook timed his run to perfection to collect the ball after one bounce from Ellis grubber kick just ahead of Ashton Golding to go over for the try. Ellis added the conversion to make it 16-10 at half time.

The Rhinos lost skipper Stevie Ward at the start of the second half after he had to go off following an injury suffered in a tackle.

The Tigers extended their lead soon after when Jake Trueman managed to wrong foot the visitors defence to cut back and score. Ellis was on target again to give his side a 22-10 advantage.

Leeds worked hard after that to try and create an opportunity but they could find no way through the home defence.

Castleford then struck a vital blow midway through the second half when Trueman produced an almost carbon copy move to go over for his second try. Ellis was on target again and his side now led by three converted tries at 28-10.

Daryl Powell’s men then made sure of the points with two tries from forward Jesse Sene-Lefao. The first came from a grubber kick that bounced up for him in front of the Leeds defender and he proved too strong to stop and then, two sets later, the same man was initially held up by Jack Walker but he could not stop him from rolling back the other way to force the ball down. Ellis added the conversion to make it 40-10.