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7th October 2017 | KO 18:00 | Old Trafford | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

39,639

Tackles Made
10,300
Missed Tackles
764
Penalties Conceded

233

Total Carries

5,599

Total Passes

6,496

Clean Breaks

158

Errors

372

Top Try Scorer
Matt Parcell

17

Top Passer
Matt Parcell

2,605

Top Metre Maker

3,561

Adam Cuthbertson
Top Tackler

1,051

Matt Parcell

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.

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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

Metres Gained
Castleford Tigers

1188

Leeds Rhinos

1420

Carries
Castleford Tigers

180

Leeds Rhinos

210

Passes
Castleford Tigers Leeds Rhinos

212

229

Tackles
Castleford Tigers Leeds Rhinos

404

322

Missed Tackles

Castleford Tigers

39

Leeds Rhinos

19

Clean Breaks

Castleford Tigers

4

Leeds Rhinos

5

Attacking Kicks

11

20

Dummy Half Metres

186

186

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

1

3

Penalties Conceded

1

5

Tries

1

4

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Jack Walker0020060131108.513000000
Tom Briscoe204002013564.312100001
Kallum Watkins00225030201336.701303101
Liam Sutcliffe0017304113816.211100000
Ryan Hall0030211191407.401200020
Joel Moon011602167284.001000030
Danny McGuire2110121913624.802100010
Mitchell Garbutt00212030181287.100100000
Matt Parcell0033515010989.818000000
Brad Singleton00371233016935.801100002
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0031451114987.011000000
Stevie Ward0040812112957.901100000
Adam Cuthbertson00233200141158.200100030
Interchanges
Rob Burrow00200314215.204000010
Carl Ablett0029704011807.300100001
Brett Ferres001411008496.100000010
Anthony Mullally001830005336.600000000
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Greg Eden0060330151399.312300000
Greg Minikin0052110171207.104100010
Jake Webster002465309576.310000000
Michael Shenton0021523014926.604100010
Jy Hitchcox002003013856.505100010
Ben Roberts002781049535.903000000
Luke Gale001314056203.300001000
Nathan Massey002242005224.400000000
Paul McShane0154152027395.605200000
Jesse Sene-Lafao00221001010585.800000010
Oliver Holmes003491007405.700100001
Interchanges
Mike McMeeken00421021012816.801100000
Adam Milner003459108607.520300010
Grant Millington00323310171036.101200030
Junior Moors00276210161157.200400020
Matthew Cook0025511010818.100100010
Alex Foster101421005234.600000020
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card