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6th August 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 18 Castleford Tigers 32

SL.Rd18.Rhinos v Tigers.Fri6thAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a tough evening for Leeds Rhinos as they were defeated by Castleford Tigers 32-18 at Emerald Headingley.

The Rhinos were without captain Matt Prior, who was ruled out with Covid pre match, so Ash Handley took up the temporary captaincy for the game. Rob Lui was back for the first time since the start of July and Bodene Thompson also returned. King Vuniyayawa replaced the injured Mikolaj Oledzki while Kruise Leeming was also returned from injury. On the bench, Morgan Gannon joined Cam Smith, Brad Dwyer and Tom Holroyd.

Leeds came out of the blocks quickly and should have put points on the board in the opening minutes. Following a repeat set, earned after Rob Lui’s high bomb was caught by Evalds but Hurrell was there to take the full back over his own line for a goal line drop out. Returning the ball back, a booming pass from King Vuniyayawa picked out Harry Newman but the centre’s pass for Handley was pushed forward by Derrell Olpherts to stop the move. Following a Castleford knock on, Leeds were camped on Castleford’s try line again but as the ball was moved out to Tom Briscoe, instead of going for the corner, the winger came back infield and the score remained at 0-0.

An error from the Rhinos gave the Tigers the  first try of the game. Following a Richardson kick to touch, Leeds began the set close to their own line but a poor pass for Rhyse Martin was fumbled by the second rower, allowing Jordan Turner to sweep up the loose ball and pass over the top for Greg Eden to walk in.

After a break by Tigers substitute Suaia Matagi left Leeds forward Vuniyayawa down injured, the prop later going off with for a HIA,  Castleford forced a repeat set close to the Rhinos’ try line and a head high tackle from Lui on Niall Evalds saw Danny Richardson point for the post and converted to make the score 8-0.

Another Leeds mistake led to Castleford extending their lead; Peter Mata’utia this time scoring for the visitors. From the restart, Martin kicked the ball out on the full, inviting pressure on the Leeds defence. Moving the ball for Evalds, the full back poked his nose through the line before offloading for the centre Mata’utia to score untouched and make the score 14-0.

For all the praise after scoring, Mata’utia was soon in the sin bin as he took out Handley late. A high tackle on Cam Smith earned the Rhinos more field position and following a barraging run from Hurrell towards the line, the Rhinos pushed right with Leeming, who passed for Lui to break through and plant the ball down.

Leeds had one more chance to bring the score back to within two points after a late hit on Richie Myler earned the Rhinos a penalty. As Hurrell tried another run, the centre offloaded for Sutcliffe, who claimed the ball off the ground but couldn’t get it down under pressure, leaving the half time score at 14-6 to the Tigers.

 

Within ten minutes of the second half, Leeds had cut the deficit to two points with a spectacular try from Ash Handley. A break by Lui was followed up with a darting run by Dwyer, who was brought down short of the try line on the fifth tackle. Although Leeds had to defend a Castleford set of six, Richard Agar’s men locked the Tigers’ attack down and when they took possession of the ball back, a nice short side play saw Myler bat on Leeming’s pass to Newman and the centre timed his pass to perfection to put Handley in space to score acrobatically in the corner. Martin converted to make the score 14-12.

The visitors soon retook their eight point advantage following a break downfield by Paul McShane. The hooker’s pass inside for Gareth O’Brien was met by a strong tackle from Myler but Leeds weren’t out of the woods; McShane kicking across the field and Eden managed to shrug off the challenge of Hurrell to get the ball away for Jordan Turner to score.

Zane Tetevano had a great chance to respond for the Rhinos to keep the scoring going and then, after Dwyer had prevented a break from Eden by dragging the winger over the sideline. Working through the set, Leeming’s pass looked set to reach Handley but the winger couldn’t claim and Castleford turned the ball over.

Mata’utia and Leeming both had tries chalked off for forward passes before Castleford sealed the game with two tries in the last ten minutes. Eden got his second try of the game, cutting infield and bouncing off the post pads to score under the posts and, after Brad Dwyer had got a try back for the Leeds by cutting through the Castleford defence, Jimmy Keinhorst rounded off proceedings with a try off the back of a Evalds break.

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SL.Rd18.Rhinos v Tigers.Fri6thAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a tough evening for Leeds Rhinos as they were defeated by Castleford Tigers 32-18 at Emerald Headingley.

The Rhinos were without captain Matt Prior, who was ruled out with Covid pre match, so Ash Handley took up the temporary captaincy for the game. Rob Lui was back for the first time since the start of July and Bodene Thompson also returned. King Vuniyayawa replaced the injured Mikolaj Oledzki while Kruise Leeming was also returned from injury. On the bench, Morgan Gannon joined Cam Smith, Brad Dwyer and Tom Holroyd.

Leeds came out of the blocks quickly and should have put points on the board in the opening minutes. Following a repeat set, earned after Rob Lui’s high bomb was caught by Evalds but Hurrell was there to take the full back over his own line for a goal line drop out. Returning the ball back, a booming pass from King Vuniyayawa picked out Harry Newman but the centre’s pass for Handley was pushed forward by Derrell Olpherts to stop the move. Following a Castleford knock on, Leeds were camped on Castleford’s try line again but as the ball was moved out to Tom Briscoe, instead of going for the corner, the winger came back infield and the score remained at 0-0.

An error from the Rhinos gave the Tigers the  first try of the game. Following a Richardson kick to touch, Leeds began the set close to their own line but a poor pass for Rhyse Martin was fumbled by the second rower, allowing Jordan Turner to sweep up the loose ball and pass over the top for Greg Eden to walk in.

After a break by Tigers substitute Suaia Matagi left Leeds forward Vuniyayawa down injured, the prop later going off with for a HIA,  Castleford forced a repeat set close to the Rhinos’ try line and a head high tackle from Lui on Niall Evalds saw Danny Richardson point for the post and converted to make the score 8-0.

Another Leeds mistake led to Castleford extending their lead; Peter Mata’utia this time scoring for the visitors. From the restart, Martin kicked the ball out on the full, inviting pressure on the Leeds defence. Moving the ball for Evalds, the full back poked his nose through the line before offloading for the centre Mata’utia to score untouched and make the score 14-0.

For all the praise after scoring, Mata’utia was soon in the sin bin as he took out Handley late. A high tackle on Cam Smith earned the Rhinos more field position and following a barraging run from Hurrell towards the line, the Rhinos pushed right with Leeming, who passed for Lui to break through and plant the ball down.

Leeds had one more chance to bring the score back to within two points after a late hit on Richie Myler earned the Rhinos a penalty. As Hurrell tried another run, the centre offloaded for Sutcliffe, who claimed the ball off the ground but couldn’t get it down under pressure, leaving the half time score at 14-6 to the Tigers.

 

Within ten minutes of the second half, Leeds had cut the deficit to two points with a spectacular try from Ash Handley. A break by Lui was followed up with a darting run by Dwyer, who was brought down short of the try line on the fifth tackle. Although Leeds had to defend a Castleford set of six, Richard Agar’s men locked the Tigers’ attack down and when they took possession of the ball back, a nice short side play saw Myler bat on Leeming’s pass to Newman and the centre timed his pass to perfection to put Handley in space to score acrobatically in the corner. Martin converted to make the score 14-12.

The visitors soon retook their eight point advantage following a break downfield by Paul McShane. The hooker’s pass inside for Gareth O’Brien was met by a strong tackle from Myler but Leeds weren’t out of the woods; McShane kicking across the field and Eden managed to shrug off the challenge of Hurrell to get the ball away for Jordan Turner to score.

Zane Tetevano had a great chance to respond for the Rhinos to keep the scoring going and then, after Dwyer had prevented a break from Eden by dragging the winger over the sideline. Working through the set, Leeming’s pass looked set to reach Handley but the winger couldn’t claim and Castleford turned the ball over.

Mata’utia and Leeming both had tries chalked off for forward passes before Castleford sealed the game with two tries in the last ten minutes. Eden got his second try of the game, cutting infield and bouncing off the post pads to score under the posts and, after Brad Dwyer had got a try back for the Leeds by cutting through the Castleford defence, Jimmy Keinhorst rounded off proceedings with a try off the back of a Evalds break.

Team Performance

Goals

3

6

Tries

3

5

Player Performance

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Richie Myler0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Robert Lui1000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Rhyse Martin0300000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
Tom Holroyd0000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Niall Evalds0000000
Derrell Olpherts0000000
Peter Mata'utia1001000
Jordan Turner1000000
Greg Eden2000000
Gareth O'Brien0000000
Danny Richardson0600000
Dan Smith0000000
Paul McShane0000000
Grant Millington0000000
Oliver Holmes0000000
Jesse Sene-Lefao0000000
Adam Milner0000000
Interchanges
Nathan Massey0000000
Alex Foster0000000
Suaia Matagi0000000
Jimmy Keinhorst1000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards