• Castleford Tigers
  • 34 - 40

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Castleford Tigers
  • HT 18 - 16
  • Leeds Rhinos
14th May 2022 | KO 14:30 | The Mend-A-Hose Jungle | Reserves League

Season So Far

No statistics available.

Castleford Tigers Reserves 34 Leeds Rhinos Reserves 40

Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

A big second half performance from Leeds Rhinos Reserves saw Mark Butterill’s side turn around a two point deficit at half time to win 40-34 in summery conditions at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

A number of players on the field had faced each other the week before when the Rhinos’ Under-18s came out as 22-18 victors against the Tigers at Stanningley. Leeds’ squad was boosted by the inclusion of seven players from Hunslet, including former Rhinos Academy players Kiedan Hartley and Jack Mallinson, while Featherstone’s Brandon Pickersgill was also included. Castleford’s Brad Martin and Danny Attley also came through the Rhinos’ system and faced their former club. First teamers Sosaia Feki and Danny Richardson also ran out for the home side.

The game got off to the worst possible start for the Rhinos as Castleford opened the scoring with two quick tries inside the opening ten minutes. Off the back of an offside penalty, a sweeping move on the third tackle caught Leeds short on numbers on the edge and Josh Thornton was there to take the pass from Danny Richardson to score in the corner. A break by Sam Hall then set up hooker Jack Sadler for the Tigers’ second of the game; Richardson adding both conversions to make the score 12-0.

Kiedan Hartley missed a big opportunity as he couldn’t ground the ball with an acrobatic effort following a drive for the line by Tom Holroyd, but the winger soon made up for his missed opportunity. Off the back of a great break by Joe Hird, Leeds tried to build pressure as Jack Mallinson’s cut out pass intended for Mackenzie Turner was batted down by Junior Vasuitoga. Straight from the scrum, Oli Field and Brandon Pickersgill combined to put Hartley in for an easy finish in the corner.

The Tigers extended their lead again on 25 minutes through Elliott Wallis but a late surge before half time saw the Rhinos close the score to within two points.

Pickersgill looked lively throughout the game and after taking Richardson’s high kick, the full back darted down the sideline to put Leeds in a great position. Although Turner was denied a try off the back of the break, an error by the Tigers invited the Rhinos to try again. This time they took full advantage as Mallinson sliced a hole in the defence before offloading to send Aaron Jones-Bishop over.

On the half time whistle, Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney scored one the try of the game. A quick shift out to the right flank found Bridgeman-Reaney in space and the centre raced into the backfield. Two defenders chased him all the way but nobody was going to stop the centre from touching down under the posts. Mallinson converted to make the half time score 18-16.

 

Like in the first half, Castleford started the second period strongly. After forcing Leeds to defend back to back sets on their own line, Richardson once again found the final pass that allowed Junior Vasuitoga to score in the corner.

The Rhinos were unfazed by the early try and instead turned the game around. A poor kick on the last from Castleford gave the Rhinos a seven tackle set and the forward pack, led by Hird, Gibbons, Holroyd and more, managed to put the visitors in range. Camped on the Castleford line, Cameron Berry took full advantage of a slow Tigers defence as the hooker sneaked out from behind the ruck to dot the ball down.

Within the space of five minutes, Leeds added two further tries to finally take the lead. A kick ahead from Jones-bishop looked harmless as the tigers seemed to have it dealt with but Mallinson came out of nowhere to ground the ball in the back of the end zone and leave the Castleford spectators speechless. The sin binning of Elliott Wallis then proved fatal for the home side as Joe Gibbons was sent through the defensive line with a great flat pass from Field. Mallinson converted all three tries to give Leeds a ten point lead.

If it wasn’t suspenseful enough, the final ten minutes could have seen either team take the win.

A break by Richardson saw the experience half back streak through before he unselfishly passed away for Wallis to score out wide. Leeds responded immediately through Gibbons, who scored in a similar fashion to his first try after the Rhinos won the ball back from the restart.

Castleford’s Vasuitoga closed the scoreline once again to within four points, after the winger scored a good solo effort, but the Rhinos held on for the second game running to claim a 40-34 result.

LIVE COVERAGE ALL IN ONE PLACE

View Live Match Feed

Castleford Tigers Reserves 34 Leeds Rhinos Reserves 40

Follow live on Twitter

Castleford Tigers Reserves 34 Leeds Rhinos Reserves 40

Photo courtesy of Craig Hawkhead Photography

A big second half performance from Leeds Rhinos Reserves saw Mark Butterill’s side turn around a two point deficit at half time to win 40-34 in summery conditions at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

A number of players on the field had faced each other the week before when the Rhinos’ Under-18s came out as 22-18 victors against the Tigers at Stanningley. Leeds’ squad was boosted by the inclusion of seven players from Hunslet, including former Rhinos Academy players Kiedan Hartley and Jack Mallinson, while Featherstone’s Brandon Pickersgill was also included. Castleford’s Brad Martin and Danny Attley also came through the Rhinos’ system and faced their former club. First teamers Sosaia Feki and Danny Richardson also ran out for the home side.

The game got off to the worst possible start for the Rhinos as Castleford opened the scoring with two quick tries inside the opening ten minutes. Off the back of an offside penalty, a sweeping move on the third tackle caught Leeds short on numbers on the edge and Josh Thornton was there to take the pass from Danny Richardson to score in the corner. A break by Sam Hall then set up hooker Jack Sadler for the Tigers’ second of the game; Richardson adding both conversions to make the score 12-0.

Kiedan Hartley missed a big opportunity as he couldn’t ground the ball with an acrobatic effort following a drive for the line by Tom Holroyd, but the winger soon made up for his missed opportunity. Off the back of a great break by Joe Hird, Leeds tried to build pressure as Jack Mallinson’s cut out pass intended for Mackenzie Turner was batted down by Junior Vasuitoga. Straight from the scrum, Oli Field and Brandon Pickersgill combined to put Hartley in for an easy finish in the corner.

The Tigers extended their lead again on 25 minutes through Elliott Wallis but a late surge before half time saw the Rhinos close the score to within two points.

Pickersgill looked lively throughout the game and after taking Richardson’s high kick, the full back darted down the sideline to put Leeds in a great position. Although Turner was denied a try off the back of the break, an error by the Tigers invited the Rhinos to try again. This time they took full advantage as Mallinson sliced a hole in the defence before offloading to send Aaron Jones-Bishop over.

On the half time whistle, Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney scored one the try of the game. A quick shift out to the right flank found Bridgeman-Reaney in space and the centre raced into the backfield. Two defenders chased him all the way but nobody was going to stop the centre from touching down under the posts. Mallinson converted to make the half time score 18-16.

 

Like in the first half, Castleford started the second period strongly. After forcing Leeds to defend back to back sets on their own line, Richardson once again found the final pass that allowed Junior Vasuitoga to score in the corner.

The Rhinos were unfazed by the early try and instead turned the game around. A poor kick on the last from Castleford gave the Rhinos a seven tackle set and the forward pack, led by Hird, Gibbons, Holroyd and more, managed to put the visitors in range. Camped on the Castleford line, Cameron Berry took full advantage of a slow Tigers defence as the hooker sneaked out from behind the ruck to dot the ball down.

Within the space of five minutes, Leeds added two further tries to finally take the lead. A kick ahead from Jones-bishop looked harmless as the tigers seemed to have it dealt with but Mallinson came out of nowhere to ground the ball in the back of the end zone and leave the Castleford spectators speechless. The sin binning of Elliott Wallis then proved fatal for the home side as Joe Gibbons was sent through the defensive line with a great flat pass from Field. Mallinson converted all three tries to give Leeds a ten point lead.

If it wasn’t suspenseful enough, the final ten minutes could have seen either team take the win.

A break by Richardson saw the experience half back streak through before he unselfishly passed away for Wallis to score out wide. Leeds responded immediately through Gibbons, who scored in a similar fashion to his first try after the Rhinos won the ball back from the restart.

Castleford’s Vasuitoga closed the scoreline once again to within four points, after the winger scored a good solo effort, but the Rhinos held on for the second game running to claim a 40-34 result.

Team Performance

Goals

5

6

Tries

6

7

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Brandon Pickersgill0000000
Kiedan Hartley1000000
Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney1000000
Aaron Jones-Bishop1000000
Mackenzie Turner0000000
Oli Field0000000
Jack Mallinson1600000
Joe Hird0000000
Cameron Berry1000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Joe Gibbons2000000
Liam Carr0000000
Danny Salkeld0000000
Interchanges
Nathan Snee0000000
Charley Bodman0000000
Jacob Beer0000000
Billy Davies0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Will Groves0000000
Elliott Wallis2001000
Caleb Stanley0000000
Sosaia Feki0000000
Junior Vasuitoga2000000
Charlie Harris0000000
Danny Richardson0500000
Sam Hall0000000
Jack Sadler1000000
Lewis Ransome0000000
Danny Attley0000000
Josh Thornton1000000
Toby Mallinson0000000
Interchanges
Abdullah Balogun0000000
Callum Beety0000000
Jamie Mvula0000000
Brad Martin0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards