• Castleford Tigers
  • 06 - 24

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 00 - 07
  • Leeds Rhinos
7th October 2017 | KO 18:00 | Old Trafford | Betfred Super League

Castleford Tigers 6 Leeds Rhinos 24

Old Trafford arrived with its traditional Grand Final night down pour but that could not dampen the excitement from both sets of fans as a full house erupted when the teams took the field.

The Rhinos were appearing in their tenth Grand Final, the Tigers their first, and it was Leeds who struck first. A superb kick by Danny McGuire hung in the Manchester air long enough for Tom Briscoe to race up and collect before grounding for the opening try. Video referee Phil Bentham agreed with the on field decision and the Rhinos led. Kallum Watkins kicked a nerveless conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 12 minutes.

Leeds thought they were in for a second score not long after. Once again it was McGuire’s kick that did the damage. Watkins chased through and looked to have got his hand down on the ball ahead of Michael Shenton. The on field decision was try but the video referee disagreed and instead said Watkins had knocked on.

The Tigers gained a foothold in the game after that with McShane and Gale pulling the strings against their former club. Leeds had to produce some fearsome defence to keep the League Leaders out in particular a vital tackle by Liam Sutcliffe on Greg Eden as the league’s top try scorer broke clear on a free play.

Castleford then had a try ruled out themselves by the video referee when they were adjudged to have obstructed in the build up to an effort by Jy Hitchcox.

Leeds had to once again hold firm on their own line but then looked like they had hit back when Briscoe raced through to touch down McGuire through kick on a free play. However, video referee Bentham once again over turned the online field decision and judged that Briscoe had pushed McShane off the ball.

Leeds did increase their lead on the stroke of half time when McGuire coolly slotted over a drop goal with the last play of the half to give his side a 7-0 advantage.

The second half saw the Rhinos turn the screw as they pressed home their advantage. Leeds crossed for their second try when a high kick was spilled by Eden and McGuire was on hand to pick up and go over. Watkins missed the conversion but the Rhinos now led 11-0.

That lead was increased further when Moon managed to get his hands free in the tackle to put Briscoe over in the corner for his second try of the game. Watkins added the conversion and the Rhinos now led 17-0.

With the wet weather making handling conditions very difficult for both tries, another score looked like it would be crucial for the Rhinos and the skipper delivered again as he chased through a spilled ball by the Tigers to touch it down between the posts. Watkins added the conversion to make it 23-0 to the Rhinos with ten minutes to play.

McGuire added a drop goal in the 77th minute before being announced as the Man of the Match and end a memorable night and career with the Rhinos. Castleford were not to be nilled and Alex Foster crossed for a last minute try and Luke Gale converted in the final kick of the game.

A fairytale ending for McGuire and Rob Buroow who secured their eighth Super League title in their final game for the club.

Team Performance

Goals

1

3

Tries

1

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Walker0000000
Tom Briscoe2000000
Kallum Watkins0300000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Danny McGuire2020000
Brad Singleton0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Interchanges
Anthony Mullally0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Greg Eden0000000
Greg Minikin0000000
Jake Webster0000000
Michael Shenton0000000
Jy Hitchcox0000000
Ben Roberts0000000
Luke Gale0100000
Nathan Massey0000000
Paul McShane0000000
Jesse Sene-Lafao0000000
Oliver Holmes0000000
Mike McMeeken0000000
Adam Milner0000000
Interchanges
Grant Millington0000000
Junior Moors0000000
Matt Cook0000000
Alex Foster1000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards