• Castleford Tigers Women
  • 6 - 28

  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • Castleford Tigers Women
  • HT 6 - 6
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
21st August 2021 | KO 16:15 | Mend-A-Hose Jungle | Betfred Women's Super League

Castleford Tigers Women 6 Leeds Rhinos Women 28

Castleford Tigers Women vs Leeds Rhinos Women during the Betfred WomenÕs Super League match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford Picture by Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com +447904 833202 21/08/2021

Two second half tries from captain Courtney Winfield-Hill led Leeds Rhinos Women to their first win of the 2021 Play Offs against Castleford Tigers Women; the Rhinos winning 28-6 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Nothing could separate the Rhinos or the Tigers in the first forty minutes as an edgy first half saw only two tries scored.

A large amount of rain had fallen pre match, leaving a lot of moisture on the turf, and the wet ball proved problematic for both teams. It was the Tigers that benefitted early on as they opened the scoring after a matter of minutes. Both Hanna Butcher and Hollie Dodd had dropped the ball early on but the Tigers forwards Courtney Pursglove, Shona Hoyle and Sammy Watts got Castleford close to the Leeds try line. On the fifth tackle, England international Georgia Roche worked her magic to kick in behind and as Beevers missed the ball, Dodd was there to touch down and give the home side the lead.

Leeds had a number of chances as they tried to fight their way back into the clash. Beevers tried to atone for her earlier error with a number of breaks downfield but knock ons and penalties prevented the Rhinos from applying pressure. On her return Sophie Nuttall had a great chance as Fran Goldthorp shifted the ball out to the winger but she injured herself trying to score in the corner.

After Lacey Owen failed to collect a drop off from Lucy Eastwood during another good Castleford attack, the Rhinos finally levelled the scores with Keara Bennett. A clever kick ahead by Courtney Winfield-Hill was collected by Goldthorp, but the Tigers did well to track the free-scoring centre and bring her down. After Winfield-Hill earned her side a repeat set as the half back kicked the ball out of play off the legs of Ellie Lamb, Leeds shift the ball wide but the captain was covered by Owen. Bennett noticed a gap behind though and went straight out of dummy half to score her second of the season.

The remainder of the half saw chances go adrift for both sides. Three consecutive sets for Leeds on the Castleford try line should have seen the League Leaders add to their tally but stubborn defence from the home side kept the scores at 6-6. Even when Lucy Murray was tackled high, the Rhinos chose to gamble instead of going for two but a knock on by Kerrigan turned the ball over. Castleford also had a couple of chances but handling errors proved fatal as the two sides went into the break locked up at 6-6.

 

The second half saw the visitors run away with the win with four consecutive tries.

Leeds started the half in top gear and almost got over with substitute Tara Moxon, but the winger was tackled debatably high by Roche and Castleford took the ball back. Still Leeds kept coming and after breaks by Moxon and Beevers into the backfield, Eloise Hayward tried to release her wing partner Sophie Robinson with a great exchange of passes but as Robinson turned the ball back inside for her centre, it was too far behind Hayward.

The chances didn’t stop there and finally the Rhinos made the break through. Camped on their opponents try line, a bit of off the cuff play from Beevers saw the full back kick towards the in goal area and as the ball bounced off the legs of Emma Lumley, captain Winfield-Hill was there to pick the ball up off her bootlaces and score.

Minutes later, the captain was in again to push Leeds’ lead to ten points. Beevers and Bennett had carted the ball forward strongly to get the Rhinos back to within striking distance and Winfield-Hill looked to have put Elle Frain through a gap, only for it to be shut by Kirsty Duffield. Still the Rhinos kept plugging and on the next drive, Winfield-Hill pulled the Castleford defence to the short side and then burrowed her way over.

 

An offside penalty against Castleford saw Winfield-Hill call for the kicking tee and the number seven added two points to Leeds’ tally to take the score to 18-6 with 15 minutes to go.

The Rhinos would see out the game with two further tries, starting after Owen dropped a pass from Roche due to the wet conditions. The Rhinos went on the prowl immediately and started to sense an opportunity when Lucy Murray broke free to put her side 30 metres from the try line, Opting to go down the short side, Goldthorp timed her pass to perfection to put Moxon over for a deserved try.

From the restart, it was clear the Rhinos would walk away victorious as Kerrigan sliced through the heart of the Castleford defence to set Leeds up to strike again. Beevers followed it up by gaining 20 metres herself before a wide pass involving Winfield-Hill and Hayward saw Robinson get over in the corner to round off proceedings. Winfield-Hill pulled her conversion wide but the damage was done; Leeds Rhinos continuing their unbeaten run in the Betfred Women’s Super League.

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Castleford Tigers Women vs Leeds Rhinos Women during the Betfred WomenÕs Super League match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford Picture by Stephen Gaunt/Touchlinepics.com +447904 833202 21/08/2021

Two second half tries from captain Courtney Winfield-Hill led Leeds Rhinos Women to their first win of the 2021 Play Offs against Castleford Tigers Women; the Rhinos winning 28-6 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Nothing could separate the Rhinos or the Tigers in the first forty minutes as an edgy first half saw only two tries scored.

A large amount of rain had fallen pre match, leaving a lot of moisture on the turf, and the wet ball proved problematic for both teams. It was the Tigers that benefitted early on as they opened the scoring after a matter of minutes. Both Hanna Butcher and Hollie Dodd had dropped the ball early on but the Tigers forwards Courtney Pursglove, Shona Hoyle and Sammy Watts got Castleford close to the Leeds try line. On the fifth tackle, England international Georgia Roche worked her magic to kick in behind and as Beevers missed the ball, Dodd was there to touch down and give the home side the lead.

Leeds had a number of chances as they tried to fight their way back into the clash. Beevers tried to atone for her earlier error with a number of breaks downfield but knock ons and penalties prevented the Rhinos from applying pressure. On her return Sophie Nuttall had a great chance as Fran Goldthorp shifted the ball out to the winger but she injured herself trying to score in the corner.

After Lacey Owen failed to collect a drop off from Lucy Eastwood during another good Castleford attack, the Rhinos finally levelled the scores with Keara Bennett. A clever kick ahead by Courtney Winfield-Hill was collected by Goldthorp, but the Tigers did well to track the free-scoring centre and bring her down. After Winfield-Hill earned her side a repeat set as the half back kicked the ball out of play off the legs of Ellie Lamb, Leeds shift the ball wide but the captain was covered by Owen. Bennett noticed a gap behind though and went straight out of dummy half to score her second of the season.

The remainder of the half saw chances go adrift for both sides. Three consecutive sets for Leeds on the Castleford try line should have seen the League Leaders add to their tally but stubborn defence from the home side kept the scores at 6-6. Even when Lucy Murray was tackled high, the Rhinos chose to gamble instead of going for two but a knock on by Kerrigan turned the ball over. Castleford also had a couple of chances but handling errors proved fatal as the two sides went into the break locked up at 6-6.

 

The second half saw the visitors run away with the win with four consecutive tries.

Leeds started the half in top gear and almost got over with substitute Tara Moxon, but the winger was tackled debatably high by Roche and Castleford took the ball back. Still Leeds kept coming and after breaks by Moxon and Beevers into the backfield, Eloise Hayward tried to release her wing partner Sophie Robinson with a great exchange of passes but as Robinson turned the ball back inside for her centre, it was too far behind Hayward.

The chances didn’t stop there and finally the Rhinos made the break through. Camped on their opponents try line, a bit of off the cuff play from Beevers saw the full back kick towards the in goal area and as the ball bounced off the legs of Emma Lumley, captain Winfield-Hill was there to pick the ball up off her bootlaces and score.

Minutes later, the captain was in again to push Leeds’ lead to ten points. Beevers and Bennett had carted the ball forward strongly to get the Rhinos back to within striking distance and Winfield-Hill looked to have put Elle Frain through a gap, only for it to be shut by Kirsty Duffield. Still the Rhinos kept plugging and on the next drive, Winfield-Hill pulled the Castleford defence to the short side and then burrowed her way over.

 

An offside penalty against Castleford saw Winfield-Hill call for the kicking tee and the number seven added two points to Leeds’ tally to take the score to 18-6 with 15 minutes to go.

The Rhinos would see out the game with two further tries, starting after Owen dropped a pass from Roche due to the wet conditions. The Rhinos went on the prowl immediately and started to sense an opportunity when Lucy Murray broke free to put her side 30 metres from the try line, Opting to go down the short side, Goldthorp timed her pass to perfection to put Moxon over for a deserved try.

From the restart, it was clear the Rhinos would walk away victorious as Kerrigan sliced through the heart of the Castleford defence to set Leeds up to strike again. Beevers followed it up by gaining 20 metres herself before a wide pass involving Winfield-Hill and Hayward saw Robinson get over in the corner to round off proceedings. Winfield-Hill pulled her conversion wide but the damage was done; Leeds Rhinos continuing their unbeaten run in the Betfred Women’s Super League.

Team Performance

Goals

1

4

Tries

1

5

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Sophie Nuttall0000000
Francesca Goldthorp0000000
Eloise Hayward0000000
Sophie Robinson1000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill2400000
Danika Priim0000000
Keara Bennett1000000
Beth Lockwood0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Lucy Murray0000000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Interchanges
Tasha Gaines0000000
Elle Frain0000000
Tara Moxon1000000
Ella Johnson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Tara Stanley0100000
Kaitlin Varley0000000
Lacey Owen0000000
Hailey Swann0000000
Ellie Lamb0000000
Georgia Roche0000000
Lucy Eastwood0000000
Sammy Watts0000000
Courtney Pursglove0000000
Emma Lumley0000000
Shona Hoyle0000000
Hollie Dodd1000000
Jaz Bell0000000
Interchanges
Aimee Wallace0000000
Kirsty Duffield0000000
Libby Priestley0000000
Evelyn Vaigalu0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards