• Castleford Tigers
  • 66 - 10

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 30 - 0
  • Leeds Rhinos
2nd March 2017 | KO 20:00 | Mend-A-Hose Jungle | Betfred Super League

Castleford Tigers 66 Leeds Rhinos 10

The Rhinos endured a nightmare night at the Jungle as the early league leaders proved unstoppable for the visitors in a 66-10 loss.

The Rhinos were forced to reshuffle before the game when Rob Burrow was ruled out through illness. That meant Jordan Lilley, who had trained with Bradford Bulls on the morning of the game, returned to the club from his loan spell at Odsal to start on the bench.

Without seven players through injury and Carl Ablett suspended, it was always going to be a tough night against an in form Tigers outfit but the home side were in a ruthless mood and they punished every error from the Rhinos in the first half to take a commanding 30-0 lead at the break.

When Ashton Golding lost control of the ball in the slippery conditions in the tackle near his line, the Tigers sensed their first chance to strike. The ball was moved wide and Greg Eden dived in to score in the corner. Gale missed the conversion attempt but his side had made the perfect start.

Leeds seemed to have settled the game down after that but the home side struck again after 13 minutes. Adam Cuthbertson was penalised at the ruck and the Tigers kept the ball alive before a wide pass released Greg Minikin to score the first of his three first half tries.

Five minutes later, Liam Sutcliffe spilled a pass 20 metres from the Castleford line and the home side immediately went on the counter attack. The Rhinos managed to stop them but were penalised and two tackles later Minikin was in again.

Castleford made back to back errors in their next possessions but Leeds were unable to punish them and they hit back when Golding was stripped of the ball one on one by Paul McShane. The Tigers flooded through in attack and eventually Eden went in for his second try.

Lilley came on midway through the first half but he faced a Castleford team who were running red hot. His kick to the in goal on the last tackle looked a good option but it was picked up and offloaded to Zak Hardaker who was finally hauled down on halfway. Castleford though sensed a fifth try and it was England squad member Mike McMeeken who went over. Gale converted the last try having missed the previous two and his side led 24-0 after 34 minutes.

There was still time left for Castleford to add another before half time and Gale created it with a break before kicking to the corner as he was tackled for Minikin to pick up and dive over for his hat trick. Gale added the conversion to complete the first half onslaught at 30-0 at the interval.

Leeds needed to find a foothold early in the second half but they suffered a sucker punch at the start of the half. Lilley had attempted an offload 20 metres from his line and Castleford made the possession count as Zak Hardaker chimed into the line to go through the gap and score.

The lead was increased further soon after when Jimmy Keinhorst shot out to get the interception but the pass evaded him and Paul McShane went over for the score. Gale converted both to extend his side’s lead to 42-0.

The Rhinos managed to finally get over when the video referee awarded a score to Anthony Mullally when a high Lilley kick was spilled and the forward kicked the ball onto the post before diving over to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion for the visitors.

However, it was cold comfort for the army of Leeds fans who had made their way to the Jungle as the home side continued their ruthless streak.

Jake Webster was next to cross for Castleford before Eden completed his hat trick to take his side through the half century mark.

Gale converted both tries and then raced from distance to score himself in the corner, which he also converted.

The half back could do no wrong and then proceeded to kick a 40:20 to put his side in a position for skipper Michael Shenton to score, which he again converted.

Joel Moon crossed late on for Leeds but it was a miserable night for the men from Headingley as they suffered their biggest defeat in the summer era.

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The Rhinos endured a nightmare night at the Jungle as the early league leaders proved unstoppable for the visitors in a 66-10 loss.

The Rhinos were forced to reshuffle before the game when Rob Burrow was ruled out through illness. That meant Jordan Lilley, who had trained with Bradford Bulls on the morning of the game, returned to the club from his loan spell at Odsal to start on the bench.

Without seven players through injury and Carl Ablett suspended, it was always going to be a tough night against an in form Tigers outfit but the home side were in a ruthless mood and they punished every error from the Rhinos in the first half to take a commanding 30-0 lead at the break.

When Ashton Golding lost control of the ball in the slippery conditions in the tackle near his line, the Tigers sensed their first chance to strike. The ball was moved wide and Greg Eden dived in to score in the corner. Gale missed the conversion attempt but his side had made the perfect start.

Leeds seemed to have settled the game down after that but the home side struck again after 13 minutes. Adam Cuthbertson was penalised at the ruck and the Tigers kept the ball alive before a wide pass released Greg Minikin to score the first of his three first half tries.

Five minutes later, Liam Sutcliffe spilled a pass 20 metres from the Castleford line and the home side immediately went on the counter attack. The Rhinos managed to stop them but were penalised and two tackles later Minikin was in again.

Castleford made back to back errors in their next possessions but Leeds were unable to punish them and they hit back when Golding was stripped of the ball one on one by Paul McShane. The Tigers flooded through in attack and eventually Eden went in for his second try.

Lilley came on midway through the first half but he faced a Castleford team who were running red hot. His kick to the in goal on the last tackle looked a good option but it was picked up and offloaded to Zak Hardaker who was finally hauled down on halfway. Castleford though sensed a fifth try and it was England squad member Mike McMeeken who went over. Gale converted the last try having missed the previous two and his side led 24-0 after 34 minutes.

There was still time left for Castleford to add another before half time and Gale created it with a break before kicking to the corner as he was tackled for Minikin to pick up and dive over for his hat trick. Gale added the conversion to complete the first half onslaught at 30-0 at the interval.

Leeds needed to find a foothold early in the second half but they suffered a sucker punch at the start of the half. Lilley had attempted an offload 20 metres from his line and Castleford made the possession count as Zak Hardaker chimed into the line to go through the gap and score.

The lead was increased further soon after when Jimmy Keinhorst shot out to get the interception but the pass evaded him and Paul McShane went over for the score. Gale converted both to extend his side’s lead to 42-0.

The Rhinos managed to finally get over when the video referee awarded a score to Anthony Mullally when a high Lilley kick was spilled and the forward kicked the ball onto the post before diving over to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion for the visitors.

However, it was cold comfort for the army of Leeds fans who had made their way to the Jungle as the home side continued their ruthless streak.

Jake Webster was next to cross for Castleford before Eden completed his hat trick to take his side through the half century mark.

Gale converted both tries and then raced from distance to score himself in the corner, which he also converted.

The half back could do no wrong and then proceeded to kick a 40:20 to put his side in a position for skipper Michael Shenton to score, which he again converted.

Joel Moon crossed late on for Leeds but it was a miserable night for the men from Headingley as they suffered their biggest defeat in the summer era.

Team Performance

Goals

0

1

Tries

0

2

Player Performance

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Ash Handley0000000
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Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0100000
Brad Singleton0000000
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Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Josh Walters0000000
Interchanges
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Jordan Baldwinson0000000
Jordan Lilley0000000
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards