• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 16 - 10

  • Castleford Tigers Women
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT 10 - 10
  • Castleford Tigers Women
27th July 2019 | KO 11:15 | University of Bolton Stadium | Women's Challenge Cup

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Castleford Tigers Women 10 Leeds Rhinos Women 16

Picture by Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com - 27/07/2019 - Rugby League - Coral Women's Challenge Cup Final - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers - University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England - Caitlin Beevers of Leeds celebrates her try.

By Matthew Wright

A mistake in Leeds opening set would pile the pressure on ealry, Leeds holding firm and Castleford kicking out on the last to gift Leeds a seven tackle set.

 

Leeds would have the first clear cut opportunity of the game, Tash Gaines making a line break out of dummy half and taking the Rhinos within five metres of the line, Booth held up over the line

 

Castleford looked to be in down the Leeds right edge, the numbers emerging on the fringe but Leeds aware to the danger and the combination of Courtney Hill and Fran Goldthorp dumping Lacey Owen into touch.

 

The Tigers would bomb a clear opportunity in the 12th minute, Castleford working the edges but Roche’s pass missing the mark for Kelsey Gentles, the chance going begging,

 

Rhiannon Marshall would open the scoring for Castleford in the 17th minute, the former Rhino breaking free 30 metres out and fending away to score in the corner despite the Leeds cover defences best efforts. The kick missed from the touchline.

 

A castleford error deep in their own half would put Leeds in prime field position, after five tackles the Tigers line had held firm, Courtney Hill unpicking the defence with a well placed kick to the corner on the last and Fran Goldthorp leaping through the air to claim the ball and level the score, Courtney Hill converting to push Leeds to a 6-4 lead.

 

Minutes later Leeds would open the margin on the scoreboard, Caitlin Beevers going into the right corner, Courtney Hill once more the architect, sweeping round off the base of the scrum and finding Beevers on the outside to score in the corner, Hill unable to convert. 10-4.

 

Castleford would strike back after a Rhinos mistake, a flat ball at the line putting Tamzin Renouf over under the sticks, Stanley converting.

 

With less than a minute to play of the first half Caitlin Beevers would produce a moment of huge importance, a try saver on Sammy Watts. Watts breaking clear but the England international on hand to deny her just two metres short. The score remaining at 10-10.

 

The second half would be just as ferocious first half. Both sides trading blows and forcing errors in wet conditions.

 

The breakthrough would come on the hour mark, Leeds forcing Kelsey Gentles into touch. Leeds now forced with the difficult task of going the length of the field. Anderson taking the first carry off the base of the scrum, splitting the line and putting away Courtney Hill, to race clear and score under the posts, Hill converting to give Leeds a 16-10 lead.

 

The Tigers would continue to bang on the door of the Leeds defence. The ball moved down the right edge and finding Dodd, Kerrigan and Goldthorp on hand to hold up the debutant over the line.

 

Tara Stanley would be the next player to go close, it looked like she had found her way into the corner, Goldthorp once more denying the Tigers and maintaining Leeds’ six point cushion.

 

The final 10 minutes continued to be a nervy affair, the Rhinos working their way deep into the Tigers half, Courtney Hill lining up the one pointer and missing, to set up an agonising close to an unbelievable game. Leeds holding out and claiming the 16-10 win and retaining their Challenge Cup title.

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Picture by Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com - 27/07/2019 - Rugby League - Coral Women's Challenge Cup Final - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers - University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England - Caitlin Beevers of Leeds celebrates her try.

By Matthew Wright

A mistake in Leeds opening set would pile the pressure on ealry, Leeds holding firm and Castleford kicking out on the last to gift Leeds a seven tackle set.

 

Leeds would have the first clear cut opportunity of the game, Tash Gaines making a line break out of dummy half and taking the Rhinos within five metres of the line, Booth held up over the line

 

Castleford looked to be in down the Leeds right edge, the numbers emerging on the fringe but Leeds aware to the danger and the combination of Courtney Hill and Fran Goldthorp dumping Lacey Owen into touch.

 

The Tigers would bomb a clear opportunity in the 12th minute, Castleford working the edges but Roche’s pass missing the mark for Kelsey Gentles, the chance going begging,

 

Rhiannon Marshall would open the scoring for Castleford in the 17th minute, the former Rhino breaking free 30 metres out and fending away to score in the corner despite the Leeds cover defences best efforts. The kick missed from the touchline.

 

A castleford error deep in their own half would put Leeds in prime field position, after five tackles the Tigers line had held firm, Courtney Hill unpicking the defence with a well placed kick to the corner on the last and Fran Goldthorp leaping through the air to claim the ball and level the score, Courtney Hill converting to push Leeds to a 6-4 lead.

 

Minutes later Leeds would open the margin on the scoreboard, Caitlin Beevers going into the right corner, Courtney Hill once more the architect, sweeping round off the base of the scrum and finding Beevers on the outside to score in the corner, Hill unable to convert. 10-4.

 

Castleford would strike back after a Rhinos mistake, a flat ball at the line putting Tamzin Renouf over under the sticks, Stanley converting.

 

With less than a minute to play of the first half Caitlin Beevers would produce a moment of huge importance, a try saver on Sammy Watts. Watts breaking clear but the England international on hand to deny her just two metres short. The score remaining at 10-10.

 

The second half would be just as ferocious first half. Both sides trading blows and forcing errors in wet conditions.

 

The breakthrough would come on the hour mark, Leeds forcing Kelsey Gentles into touch. Leeds now forced with the difficult task of going the length of the field. Anderson taking the first carry off the base of the scrum, splitting the line and putting away Courtney Hill, to race clear and score under the posts, Hill converting to give Leeds a 16-10 lead.

 

The Tigers would continue to bang on the door of the Leeds defence. The ball moved down the right edge and finding Dodd, Kerrigan and Goldthorp on hand to hold up the debutant over the line.

 

Tara Stanley would be the next player to go close, it looked like she had found her way into the corner, Goldthorp once more denying the Tigers and maintaining Leeds’ six point cushion.

 

The final 10 minutes continued to be a nervy affair, the Rhinos working their way deep into the Tigers half, Courtney Hill lining up the one pointer and missing, to set up an agonising close to an unbelievable game. Leeds holding out and claiming the 16-10 win and retaining their Challenge Cup title.