• Castleford Tigers Women
  • 14 - 20

  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • Castleford Tigers Women
  • HT 14 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
4th August 2018 | KO 00:00 | Halliwell Jones Stadium | Women's Challenge Cup

Castleford Tigers Women 14 Leeds Rhinos Women 20

Leeds Rhinos Women v Castleford Tigers Women During the Women's Challenge Cup Final 2018 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, Cheshire

The Rhinos secured a thrilling and historic victory, as they ran out 20-14 winners against a fiery Castleford outfit that didn’t go down without a fight.

Leeds looked to have scored in the opening minutes of the game, a quick wrap around saw Charlotte Booth with a clear path to the corner, as Booth grounded the referee blowing the whistle, much to the relief of the Castleford contingent, an obstruction spotted in the build up play and the try ruled out.

Leeds were creating chances but were unable to execute them and turn them into points, Castleford given chance after chance to assert themselves into the fixture, using the likes of Tara Stanley and Lacey Owen to make large dents in the Rhinos line.

Coutrney Hill would have to come up with a try saver on Tara Stanley, the Tigers fullback breaking the Rhinos line and racing through, Hill in pursuit to deny Stanley 10 metres short of the line, the Rhinos line holding strong to hold off the Castleford attack and turn the ball over.

Castleford would take the lead after almost 20 minutes of play, Booth with an incredible try saver close to the line, preventing the Tigers from grounding the ball with a huge tackle on the line, her efforts in vain as the Tigers opened the scoring through Katie Hepworth, diving over from a metre out, Hepworth unable to convert her own try.

The Tigers would extend their lead 10 minutes later, Hepworth’s kick adjudged to have been played at by a Rhinos player, the Tigers needing only one of the six new plays they were handed, the ball shifted to Tara Stanley on the left, Stanley stepping past the Rhinos defence from 10 metres out to score, Hepworth slicing her kick wide of the left post, 8-0.

The Rhinos first try of the game came after 33 minutes of play, Frankie Townend taking advantage of an unaware Tigers defence and spotting a gap from the offload, Townend racing to within 10 metres of the Tigers line, the ball played and given to Courtney Hill who would then put Suze Hill into the corner for the try, Courtney Hill with a superb kick from the wing to make it 8-6.

Castleford would increase the margin to 14-6 going into the half after scoring on the last play of the first half, the ball going to ground and Georgia Roche the fastest to react, the Tigers number 13 sprinting into the empty space down the left, a runaway try from 50 metres out, Hepworth adding the extras.

It would be Leeds who would make the fastest start to the second half, an error from Tara Stanley as she failed to collect Courtney Hill’s teasing kick, Leeds springing into action , Laverick pulled down but offloading to Butcher, Butcher doing the same for Townend, Townend pulled down less than a metre from the line, Caitlin Beevers then burrowing over from dummy half to score inside the first 2 minutes of second half play. Hill unable to convert for the Rhinos.

Tigers were reluctant to allow their grip on the game to slip and began their onslaught on the Rhinos line, the defence holding out the Tigers on the line as Roche went close again for Castleford but the Rhinos line refusing to bow to the pressure.

A high shot on Aimee Staveley would set the Rhinos up within 25 metres of the Tigers line, 2 more quick successive penalties would pin the Tigers back to their own line, Aimee Staveley charging onto a Lois Forsell pass and smashing her way over the line to score, Courtney Hill giving Leeds the lead for the first time in the game with the boot, 16-14.

The final 10 minutes would be a tense affair, filled with penalties, errors and passion from both sides, the occasion truly living up to the hype as the atmosphere around the stadium began to explode, both sets of fans screaming for the best out of their teams and a final push.

That final push a true captain’s knock, Lois Forsell showing her ability out of dummy half once more, powering through two Tigers defenders to score the games wining try with 1 minute left to play, the Rhinos travelling support blowing the roof of the Halliwell Jones with their triumphant roars, Courtney Hill unable to convert but the Rhinos seeing the game out as 20-14 winners, Lois Forsell given player of the game as Leeds recorded a historic victory.

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Leeds Rhinos Women v Castleford Tigers Women During the Women's Challenge Cup Final 2018 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, Cheshire

The Rhinos secured a thrilling and historic victory, as they ran out 20-14 winners against a fiery Castleford outfit that didn’t go down without a fight.

Leeds looked to have scored in the opening minutes of the game, a quick wrap around saw Charlotte Booth with a clear path to the corner, as Booth grounded the referee blowing the whistle, much to the relief of the Castleford contingent, an obstruction spotted in the build up play and the try ruled out.

Leeds were creating chances but were unable to execute them and turn them into points, Castleford given chance after chance to assert themselves into the fixture, using the likes of Tara Stanley and Lacey Owen to make large dents in the Rhinos line.

Coutrney Hill would have to come up with a try saver on Tara Stanley, the Tigers fullback breaking the Rhinos line and racing through, Hill in pursuit to deny Stanley 10 metres short of the line, the Rhinos line holding strong to hold off the Castleford attack and turn the ball over.

Castleford would take the lead after almost 20 minutes of play, Booth with an incredible try saver close to the line, preventing the Tigers from grounding the ball with a huge tackle on the line, her efforts in vain as the Tigers opened the scoring through Katie Hepworth, diving over from a metre out, Hepworth unable to convert her own try.

The Tigers would extend their lead 10 minutes later, Hepworth’s kick adjudged to have been played at by a Rhinos player, the Tigers needing only one of the six new plays they were handed, the ball shifted to Tara Stanley on the left, Stanley stepping past the Rhinos defence from 10 metres out to score, Hepworth slicing her kick wide of the left post, 8-0.

The Rhinos first try of the game came after 33 minutes of play, Frankie Townend taking advantage of an unaware Tigers defence and spotting a gap from the offload, Townend racing to within 10 metres of the Tigers line, the ball played and given to Courtney Hill who would then put Suze Hill into the corner for the try, Courtney Hill with a superb kick from the wing to make it 8-6.

Castleford would increase the margin to 14-6 going into the half after scoring on the last play of the first half, the ball going to ground and Georgia Roche the fastest to react, the Tigers number 13 sprinting into the empty space down the left, a runaway try from 50 metres out, Hepworth adding the extras.

It would be Leeds who would make the fastest start to the second half, an error from Tara Stanley as she failed to collect Courtney Hill’s teasing kick, Leeds springing into action , Laverick pulled down but offloading to Butcher, Butcher doing the same for Townend, Townend pulled down less than a metre from the line, Caitlin Beevers then burrowing over from dummy half to score inside the first 2 minutes of second half play. Hill unable to convert for the Rhinos.

Tigers were reluctant to allow their grip on the game to slip and began their onslaught on the Rhinos line, the defence holding out the Tigers on the line as Roche went close again for Castleford but the Rhinos line refusing to bow to the pressure.

A high shot on Aimee Staveley would set the Rhinos up within 25 metres of the Tigers line, 2 more quick successive penalties would pin the Tigers back to their own line, Aimee Staveley charging onto a Lois Forsell pass and smashing her way over the line to score, Courtney Hill giving Leeds the lead for the first time in the game with the boot, 16-14.

The final 10 minutes would be a tense affair, filled with penalties, errors and passion from both sides, the occasion truly living up to the hype as the atmosphere around the stadium began to explode, both sets of fans screaming for the best out of their teams and a final push.

That final push a true captain’s knock, Lois Forsell showing her ability out of dummy half once more, powering through two Tigers defenders to score the games wining try with 1 minute left to play, the Rhinos travelling support blowing the roof of the Halliwell Jones with their triumphant roars, Courtney Hill unable to convert but the Rhinos seeing the game out as 20-14 winners, Lois Forsell given player of the game as Leeds recorded a historic victory.

Team Performance

Goals

1

2

Tries

3

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Char Booth0000000
Suze Hill1000000
Sophie Nuttall0000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Caitlin Beevers1000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill0200000
Amy Johnson0000000
Lois Forsell1000000
Dannielle Anderson0000000
Aimee Staveley1000000
Manina Spurr0000000
Rhiannion Marshall0000000
Interchanges
Frankie Townend0000000
Madison Laverick0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Shannon Lacey0000000
Megan Price0000000
Ellie Oldroyd0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Tara Stanley1000000
Maisie Burton0000000
Courtney Pointon0000000
Lacey Owen0000000
Kelsey Gentles0000000
Georgie Hetherington0000000
Olivia Grace0000000
Lucy Eastwood0000000
Sinead Peach0000000
Jasmine Rowley0000000
Katy Hepworth0000000
Beth Weir0000000
Georgia Roche1000000
Interchanges
Jasmine Cudjoe0000000
Tamzin Renouf0000000
Grace Field0000000
Emma Lumley0000000
Marie Colley0000000
Katie Tordoff0000000
Chanelle Mannion0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards