• Leeds Rhinos
  • 10 - 18

  • Castleford Tigers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 4 - 12
  • Castleford Tigers
2nd April 2021 | KO 15:00 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

Season So Far

Top Try Scorer
Brad Dwyer

3

Top Kicker
Rhyse Martin

9

Leeds Rhinos 10 Castleford Tigers 18

Rd2.Rhinos v Tigers. Fri2ndApr2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a tough afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they were edged 18-10 by local rivals Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium; Luke Briscoe and Matt Prior scoring the tries for Richard Agar’s side.

Round two of the season saw the whole Rugby League family come together in support of former St Helens and Hull KR prop Mose Masoe, who suffered a career ending spine injury while playing in a pre season friendly last year. To show their support, Leeds Rhinos players and staff all paid £20 to the Mose Masoe Foundation, which helps relieve the financial and mental hardship of players who suffer spinal injuries affecting their welfare and quality of life.

Richard Agar made just one change from the squad that got Leeds’ opening round win as 18-year-old centre Corey Hall, who was brought in to the 21-man squad earlier in the week, made his first start of the 2021 season. The Academy centre, who signed from Wigan in 2020, made two appearances from the bench in 2020 and started alongside experienced winger Tom Briscoe. Jack Broadbent moved to full back in replace of Myler and hooker Brad Dwyer was named on the bench in his 200th career appearance.

As both teams began feeling their way into the game, Leeds were gifted a great opportunity after Peter Mata’utia dropped a pass within 20 metres of his own try line. After a strong drive by Zane Tetevano, Rhyse Martin looked to burrow his way over but was held up. Luke Gale’s fifth tackle kick turned possession over to the Tigers and after Alex Mellor conceded a penalty, Castleford had their first chance for points but the final pass for Jordan Turner was called forward.

Still the teams continued to tussle but it was the Tigers that made the breakthrough on eleven minutes. Mata’utia made a break through the Leeds line but couldn’t beat Broadbent or Alex Sutcliffe in defense. Driving further towards the Rhinos try line, a short side move put second rower Oliver Holmes one on one with Corey Hall and Holmes managed to wrestle his way get touch the ball down. Danny Richardson converted to make the score 6-0.

Leeds missed a golden opportunity for points again as Liam Sutcliffe chose to drive at the tryline himself instead of passing for Martin, who would have scored a certain try. Leeming also tried to scurry his way over, thanks to a quick play of the ball by Gale, but the hooker was held up once more. Taking possession of the ball, Daryl Powell’s side went the length of the field to add a second try of the afternoon; Jake Trueman’s quick feet opening up space for the half back to break through the heart of Leeds’ defense and offload away for substitute Daniel Smith, who found the onrushing Niall Evalds for his third try of the season.

Just before the half hour mark, Leeds opened their account for the afternoon. A head high tackle from Cheyse Blair gave the Rhinos more possession and territory and this time, with Brad Dwyer, Cam Smith and Bodene Thompson making an instant impact from the bench, the home side took full advantage as Broadbent spun a ball over the top for Luke Briscoe to score his second try of the season and make the score 12-4.

Castleford’s Derrell Olpherts thought he had extended the Tigers’ lead coming into the closing stages for the first half but a knock on earlier in the play from Jesse Seneo-Lefao was spotted by video referee Ben Thaler, who overturned the on field decision. A break then by Tetevano off a Smith offload looked promising but the loose forward was cut down 10 meters shy of the line. The fifth tackle kick from Gale forced a repeat set for Leeds but despite Tetevano coming up short once again, Gale’s high bomb was too heavy and Olpherts brought the ball away, finishing the half with the Tigers going into the changing rooms with a 12-4 lead.

 

The Tigers were eager to get back on top of the Rhinos at the start of the second half and a break by Man of the Match Holmes looked to give Richardson a certain try but Tom Briscoe stripped the ball. Richardson regathered, continuing the pressure on Leeds but after a set restart, Trueman chose to kick early and Broadbent reclaimed.

Luke Briscoe had a chance for a second try after Alex Mellor and Alex Sutcliffe helped sweep the ball out to the sideline but the winger ran out of room before he could ground the ball. On Leeds’ next attacking set, Dwyer stabbed a neat grubber kick into the in goal area but it was too heavy for Gale and Castleford brought the ball away.

Even though Castleford had an eight point advantage, Leeds were continuing to show spirit and kept fighting with the Tigers, stripping the ball on multiple occasions, forcing Castleford to kick from deep and defending their line with intent. A penalty helped clear Leeds of their own line and, on the hour mark, the Rhinos’ efforts were rewarded. Leeming, who had been reintroduced to the action, chose to push down the short side and passed to Matt Prior, who reached out to touch down for his first try in Leeds colours. Martin added the conversion, closing the scoreline to two points and setting up an intense final 15 minutes.

It wasn’t to be though for Leeds as Castleford worked their way towards the Leeds line and a sweeping move found Jordan Turner, who made sure he scored on this occasion, having missed out on a try in the first half. Richardson stepped up and converted, taking the Tigers’ lead back out to eight points. The Rhinos weren’t going to give up, forcing a drop out from Gale’s bomb but on the repeat set, Smith’s pass for Tetevano was called forward by referee Liam Moore, before Smith then stripped the ball to give Leeds one last chance but the Rhinos couldn’t break through; Richardson taking Gale’s kick to send Castleford away with the points.

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It was a tough afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they were edged 18-10 by local rivals Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium; Luke Briscoe and Matt Prior scoring the tries for Richard Agar’s side.

Round two of the season saw the whole Rugby League family come together in support of former St Helens and Hull KR prop Mose Masoe, who suffered a career ending spine injury while playing in a pre season friendly last year. To show their support, Leeds Rhinos players and staff all paid £20 to the Mose Masoe Foundation, which helps relieve the financial and mental hardship of players who suffer spinal injuries affecting their welfare and quality of life.

Richard Agar made just one change from the squad that got Leeds’ opening round win as 18-year-old centre Corey Hall, who was brought in to the 21-man squad earlier in the week, made his first start of the 2021 season. The Academy centre, who signed from Wigan in 2020, made two appearances from the bench in 2020 and started alongside experienced winger Tom Briscoe. Jack Broadbent moved to full back in replace of Myler and hooker Brad Dwyer was named on the bench in his 200th career appearance.

As both teams began feeling their way into the game, Leeds were gifted a great opportunity after Peter Mata’utia dropped a pass within 20 metres of his own try line. After a strong drive by Zane Tetevano, Rhyse Martin looked to burrow his way over but was held up. Luke Gale’s fifth tackle kick turned possession over to the Tigers and after Alex Mellor conceded a penalty, Castleford had their first chance for points but the final pass for Jordan Turner was called forward.

Still the teams continued to tussle but it was the Tigers that made the breakthrough on eleven minutes. Mata’utia made a break through the Leeds line but couldn’t beat Broadbent or Alex Sutcliffe in defense. Driving further towards the Rhinos try line, a short side move put second rower Oliver Holmes one on one with Corey Hall and Holmes managed to wrestle his way get touch the ball down. Danny Richardson converted to make the score 6-0.

Leeds missed a golden opportunity for points again as Liam Sutcliffe chose to drive at the tryline himself instead of passing for Martin, who would have scored a certain try. Leeming also tried to scurry his way over, thanks to a quick play of the ball by Gale, but the hooker was held up once more. Taking possession of the ball, Daryl Powell’s side went the length of the field to add a second try of the afternoon; Jake Trueman’s quick feet opening up space for the half back to break through the heart of Leeds’ defense and offload away for substitute Daniel Smith, who found the onrushing Niall Evalds for his third try of the season.

Just before the half hour mark, Leeds opened their account for the afternoon. A head high tackle from Cheyse Blair gave the Rhinos more possession and territory and this time, with Brad Dwyer, Cam Smith and Bodene Thompson making an instant impact from the bench, the home side took full advantage as Broadbent spun a ball over the top for Luke Briscoe to score his second try of the season and make the score 12-4.

Castleford’s Derrell Olpherts thought he had extended the Tigers’ lead coming into the closing stages for the first half but a knock on earlier in the play from Jesse Seneo-Lefao was spotted by video referee Ben Thaler, who overturned the on field decision. A break then by Tetevano off a Smith offload looked promising but the loose forward was cut down 10 meters shy of the line. The fifth tackle kick from Gale forced a repeat set for Leeds but despite Tetevano coming up short once again, Gale’s high bomb was too heavy and Olpherts brought the ball away, finishing the half with the Tigers going into the changing rooms with a 12-4 lead.

 

The Tigers were eager to get back on top of the Rhinos at the start of the second half and a break by Man of the Match Holmes looked to give Richardson a certain try but Tom Briscoe stripped the ball. Richardson regathered, continuing the pressure on Leeds but after a set restart, Trueman chose to kick early and Broadbent reclaimed.

Luke Briscoe had a chance for a second try after Alex Mellor and Alex Sutcliffe helped sweep the ball out to the sideline but the winger ran out of room before he could ground the ball. On Leeds’ next attacking set, Dwyer stabbed a neat grubber kick into the in goal area but it was too heavy for Gale and Castleford brought the ball away.

Even though Castleford had an eight point advantage, Leeds were continuing to show spirit and kept fighting with the Tigers, stripping the ball on multiple occasions, forcing Castleford to kick from deep and defending their line with intent. A penalty helped clear Leeds of their own line and, on the hour mark, the Rhinos’ efforts were rewarded. Leeming, who had been reintroduced to the action, chose to push down the short side and passed to Matt Prior, who reached out to touch down for his first try in Leeds colours. Martin added the conversion, closing the scoreline to two points and setting up an intense final 15 minutes.

It wasn’t to be though for Leeds as Castleford worked their way towards the Leeds line and a sweeping move found Jordan Turner, who made sure he scored on this occasion, having missed out on a try in the first half. Richardson stepped up and converted, taking the Tigers’ lead back out to eight points. The Rhinos weren’t going to give up, forcing a drop out from Gale’s bomb but on the repeat set, Smith’s pass for Tetevano was called forward by referee Liam Moore, before Smith then stripped the ball to give Leeds one last chance but the Rhinos couldn’t break through; Richardson taking Gale’s kick to send Castleford away with the points.

Team Performance

Goals

1

3

Tries

2

3

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Broadbent0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Corey Hall0000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Briscoe1000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Gale0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Matt Prior1000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Rhyse Martin0100000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
James Donaldson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Niall Evalds1000000
Derrell Olpherts0000000
Peter Mata'utia0000000
Michael Shenton0000000
Jordan Turner1000000
Jake Trueman0000000
Danny Richardson0300000
Liam Watts0000000
Paul McShane0000000
Grant Millington0000000
Oliver Holmes1000000
Cheyse Blair0000000
Nathan Massey0000000
Interchanges
Adam Milner0000000
Tyla Hepi0000000
Jesse Sene-Lefao0000000
Daniel Smith0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards