• Castleford Tigers
  • 6 - 60

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 6 - 32
  • Leeds Rhinos
28th May 2021 | KO 19:45 | The Mend-A-Hose Jungle | Betfred Super League

Castleford Tigers 6 Leeds Rhinos 60

An eleven try performance from Leeds Rhinos stunned Castleford Tigers 60-6 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as the Rhinos put in a dominant display against their local rivals.

Coming into the match, the Rhinos were without winger Ash Handley, who was ruled out with a knee injury. Jack Broadbent came in to replace Handley for his sixth appearance of the season, partnering with Tom Briscoe on the right edge. Luke Briscoe moved back onto the wing with Konrad Hurrell, and Rhinos captain Luke Gale made his return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for the first time since leaving Castleford for Leeds in 2020.

The visitors played a brilliant first half of rugby, scoring six tries. The Tigers made the quickest start to the game though, scoring on their first set. The Rhinos had chosen to kick early in the tackle count to pen the Tigers back in their own 20 metres, but as Castleford brought the ball away with Liam Watts and Daniel Smith, Paul McShane and Jacques O’Neill combined to put Jordan Turner into space. A dummy from the half back was enough to convince Hurrell and Turner broke free to score under the posts.

For the remainder of the half, all the chances and action came from the Rhinos. Following Turner’s try, Leeds soon replied thanks to a strip by Alex Mellor. Now in possession, the Rhinos took the ball close to the try line and a swift passing movement from Matt Prior, Luke Gale and Richie Myler put Tom Briscoe into space and the winger managed to outmuscle James Clare to score for the second consecutive week.

The Rhinos continued to push for points and were rewarded through the returning Broadbent. Hurrell looked to have made a great break through the Castleford line but referee Liam Moore stopped the play as Zane Tetevano was pulled up for obstruction. A knock on by Smith though gave the ball back to the Rhinos and the visitors went down the field. In a similar fashion to the first try, Gale and Myler opened up space on the edge for Broadbent this time, who got over for his second try of the season. Martin converted to make the score 10-6.

The chances kept coming for Leeds’ left edge but Myler’s pass ricocheted off Briscoe and fell behind Broadbent, who couldn’t clear up the loose ball. Castleford tried to level the scores with Turner and Jacques O’Neill but Matt Prior produced a try saving tackle to keep the Tigers at bay.

An error from the home side would ultimately prove their downfall as Leeds put breathing space between the two sides on the scoreboard. The Rhinos’ defence was proving impenetrable and pressure from Liam Sutcliffe on the fifth tackle meant Danny Richardson had to get the ball away for Turner, but the try scorer kicked the ball straight out of play. With ball in hand once more, the Rhinos camped themselves on the Castleford try line and after Sutcliffe had earned a repeat set for Leeds, Prior drove at the line, pirouetted out of the tackle and produced a basketball pass to put Kruise Leeming under the posts for his first try of 2021.

The tries kept coming as Myler added his name to a growing scoresheet. The Rhinos continued to torment the left side of the Tigers and a break by Broadbent almost put the centre away but James Clare produced an ankle tap to stop him. Progressing to the fifth tackle, Gale chose to go back down the same edge and played in Briscoe, who put Myler through the line to then beat Richardson and ground the ball.

Four minutes later, Luke Briscoe took Leeds’ lead out to twenty points thanks to more great play from the Rhinos. Prior’s quick thinking to strip the ball from Castleford substitute Suaia Matagi, following Leeming’s attempted 40/20, made sure Leeds continued to dominate possession and another call of a set restart close to the try line allowed Leeds to keep the pressure on the home side. After a stoppage in play as Alex Mellor went down,  Leeds pushed the ball wide and Martin provided a pass over the top for Briscoe to touchdown.

As half time loomed, Leeming made it six consecutive tries for Richard Agar’s men with his second score of the night. Once again, Leeds pushed down the left side from Richardson’s restart and Broadbent was released by Mellor and Briscoe down the wing. Instead of trying to go himself, the young winger had the knowledge and time to pass inside for his hooker Leeming, who scored under the posts in front of the travelling Rhinos fans. Martin added his fourth conversion to make the score 32-6.

Castleford tried their best to get back on the board before the break but a great defence from the Rhinos kept the Tigers at bay. Smith looked to have powered his way over the line but a big tackle from Myler made the ball spill out, before the referee signalled the end of a excellent half from Leeds.

 

Five minutes after the restart, Hurrell produced a spectacular solo effort to close Leeds in on 40 points. Substitute Morgan Gannon had come close to getting his first try for the Rhinos but George Griffin stopped the young man from getting the ball over the line. Sweeping right, Hurrell came back across the grain to try find a gap and noticing that Castleford full back Greg Eden was out of position, Hurrell chipped the ball over the Castleford defensive line and raced through to score under the posts.

The Tigers were beginning to tire and the Rhinos sensed it; Brad Dwyer and Morgan Gannon getting themselves over the try line too. A penalty against Castleford gave Leeds territory and possession and as Donaldson had been halted across the try line, Dwyer decided to go himself, darting out of dummy half and beating both markers to touch down. Minutes later, more nice play by the Rhinos down the edge got Leeds close and a fifth tackle kick from Gale was tipped back by Castleford and into the arms of Gannon, who wrestled his way to ground the ball for his first Super League try.

The visitors weren’t done yet and two more tries in the last ten minutes sealed a famous win for the Rhinos. Another strip of the ball from Castleford’s grasp turned possession over in a great location for Leeds. Hurrell had taken the ball in for a big carry and as Castleford stacked men in the middle, Leeming, Gale and Myler connected to supply Tom Briscoe, who scored his second try of the match.

Then from the restart, Hurrell was causing mayhem again, breaking downfield from a Martin drop off. With Gale following him in support, the centre passed to the player of the match, who took the ball over the try line against his former club. Martin added his eighth conversion to round off a dominant performance from the Rhinos as they claimed their biggest over the Tigers in the Super League era; the final score 60-6.

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An eleven try performance from Leeds Rhinos stunned Castleford Tigers 60-6 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as the Rhinos put in a dominant display against their local rivals.

Coming into the match, the Rhinos were without winger Ash Handley, who was ruled out with a knee injury. Jack Broadbent came in to replace Handley for his sixth appearance of the season, partnering with Tom Briscoe on the right edge. Luke Briscoe moved back onto the wing with Konrad Hurrell, and Rhinos captain Luke Gale made his return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for the first time since leaving Castleford for Leeds in 2020.

The visitors played a brilliant first half of rugby, scoring six tries. The Tigers made the quickest start to the game though, scoring on their first set. The Rhinos had chosen to kick early in the tackle count to pen the Tigers back in their own 20 metres, but as Castleford brought the ball away with Liam Watts and Daniel Smith, Paul McShane and Jacques O’Neill combined to put Jordan Turner into space. A dummy from the half back was enough to convince Hurrell and Turner broke free to score under the posts.

For the remainder of the half, all the chances and action came from the Rhinos. Following Turner’s try, Leeds soon replied thanks to a strip by Alex Mellor. Now in possession, the Rhinos took the ball close to the try line and a swift passing movement from Matt Prior, Luke Gale and Richie Myler put Tom Briscoe into space and the winger managed to outmuscle James Clare to score for the second consecutive week.

The Rhinos continued to push for points and were rewarded through the returning Broadbent. Hurrell looked to have made a great break through the Castleford line but referee Liam Moore stopped the play as Zane Tetevano was pulled up for obstruction. A knock on by Smith though gave the ball back to the Rhinos and the visitors went down the field. In a similar fashion to the first try, Gale and Myler opened up space on the edge for Broadbent this time, who got over for his second try of the season. Martin converted to make the score 10-6.

The chances kept coming for Leeds’ left edge but Myler’s pass ricocheted off Briscoe and fell behind Broadbent, who couldn’t clear up the loose ball. Castleford tried to level the scores with Turner and Jacques O’Neill but Matt Prior produced a try saving tackle to keep the Tigers at bay.

An error from the home side would ultimately prove their downfall as Leeds put breathing space between the two sides on the scoreboard. The Rhinos’ defence was proving impenetrable and pressure from Liam Sutcliffe on the fifth tackle meant Danny Richardson had to get the ball away for Turner, but the try scorer kicked the ball straight out of play. With ball in hand once more, the Rhinos camped themselves on the Castleford try line and after Sutcliffe had earned a repeat set for Leeds, Prior drove at the line, pirouetted out of the tackle and produced a basketball pass to put Kruise Leeming under the posts for his first try of 2021.

The tries kept coming as Myler added his name to a growing scoresheet. The Rhinos continued to torment the left side of the Tigers and a break by Broadbent almost put the centre away but James Clare produced an ankle tap to stop him. Progressing to the fifth tackle, Gale chose to go back down the same edge and played in Briscoe, who put Myler through the line to then beat Richardson and ground the ball.

Four minutes later, Luke Briscoe took Leeds’ lead out to twenty points thanks to more great play from the Rhinos. Prior’s quick thinking to strip the ball from Castleford substitute Suaia Matagi, following Leeming’s attempted 40/20, made sure Leeds continued to dominate possession and another call of a set restart close to the try line allowed Leeds to keep the pressure on the home side. After a stoppage in play as Alex Mellor went down,  Leeds pushed the ball wide and Martin provided a pass over the top for Briscoe to touchdown.

As half time loomed, Leeming made it six consecutive tries for Richard Agar’s men with his second score of the night. Once again, Leeds pushed down the left side from Richardson’s restart and Broadbent was released by Mellor and Briscoe down the wing. Instead of trying to go himself, the young winger had the knowledge and time to pass inside for his hooker Leeming, who scored under the posts in front of the travelling Rhinos fans. Martin added his fourth conversion to make the score 32-6.

Castleford tried their best to get back on the board before the break but a great defence from the Rhinos kept the Tigers at bay. Smith looked to have powered his way over the line but a big tackle from Myler made the ball spill out, before the referee signalled the end of a excellent half from Leeds.

 

Five minutes after the restart, Hurrell produced a spectacular solo effort to close Leeds in on 40 points. Substitute Morgan Gannon had come close to getting his first try for the Rhinos but George Griffin stopped the young man from getting the ball over the line. Sweeping right, Hurrell came back across the grain to try find a gap and noticing that Castleford full back Greg Eden was out of position, Hurrell chipped the ball over the Castleford defensive line and raced through to score under the posts.

The Tigers were beginning to tire and the Rhinos sensed it; Brad Dwyer and Morgan Gannon getting themselves over the try line too. A penalty against Castleford gave Leeds territory and possession and as Donaldson had been halted across the try line, Dwyer decided to go himself, darting out of dummy half and beating both markers to touch down. Minutes later, more nice play by the Rhinos down the edge got Leeds close and a fifth tackle kick from Gale was tipped back by Castleford and into the arms of Gannon, who wrestled his way to ground the ball for his first Super League try.

The visitors weren’t done yet and two more tries in the last ten minutes sealed a famous win for the Rhinos. Another strip of the ball from Castleford’s grasp turned possession over in a great location for Leeds. Hurrell had taken the ball in for a big carry and as Castleford stacked men in the middle, Leeming, Gale and Myler connected to supply Tom Briscoe, who scored his second try of the match.

Then from the restart, Hurrell was causing mayhem again, breaking downfield from a Martin drop off. With Gale following him in support, the centre passed to the player of the match, who took the ball over the try line against his former club. Martin added his eighth conversion to round off a dominant performance from the Rhinos as they claimed their biggest over the Tigers in the Super League era; the final score 60-6.

Team Performance

Goals

1

8

Tries

1

11

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe1000000
Jack Broadbent1000000
Konrad Hurrell1000000
Tom Briscoe2000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Gale1000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming2000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Rhyse Martin0800000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer1000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Morgan Gannon1000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Greg Eden0000000
Derrell Olpherts0000000
Peter Mata'utia0000000
Cheyse Blair0000000
James Clare0000000
Jordan Turner1000000
Danny Richardson0100000
Liam Watts0000000
Paul McShane0000000
Daniel Smith0000000
Jesse Sene-Lefao0000000
George Griffin0000000
Jacques O'Neill0000000
Interchanges
Tyla Hepi0000000
Suaia Matagi0000000
Lewis Peachey0000000
Brad Martin0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards