• Leeds Rhinos
  • 28 - 24

  • Castleford Tigers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 12 - 12
  • Castleford Tigers
26th October 2020 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley Stadium | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

25,329

Tackles Made
6,295
Missed Tackles
623
Penalties Conceded

109

Total Carries

3,345

Total Passes

4,042

Clean Breaks

133

Errors

277

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

18

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

942

Top Metre Maker

3,123

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

537

Cameron Smith

Leeds Rhinos 28 Castleford Tigers 24

A late fightback was needed from Leeds Rhinos but Richard Agar’s side got the job done at Emerald Headingley against derby rivals Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League, winning 28-24.

Bodene Thompson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Brad Dwyer and James Donaldson were the only Rhinos players to feature from Tuesday night’s defeat against St Helens as head coach Agar reintroduced the majority of the squad that won at Wembley two weeks ago. Luke Gale came up against his former side for the first time in Leeds colours and once again led from the front while Rhyse Martin accumulated 12 points over the 80 minutes.

The Rhinos got off to the worst possible start as Richie Myler dropped a high bomb to give the visitors a chance to apply early pressure. Gareth O’Brien tried to poke his head through the Leeds defensive line but the full back wasn’t getting through. On the next play, Danny Richardson prodded a grubber kick into the in goal area which was dropped on by Liam Watts, who opened the scoring.

Ten minutes later, Leeds levelled the score thanks to man of the match Ava Seumanufagai. Since the Tigers try, Leeds had turned the game in their favour; Kruise Leeming forcing an important handling error to turn possession over to the Rhinos in a dangerous position. The hooker was instrumental in the try, making the Rhinos play down the short side for Konrad Hurrell. Moving the ball back in field, Rob Lui dropped the ball off inside for prop Seumanufagai to barrel his way over. Martin levelled the scores with his conversion.

Penalties against Castleford was giving Leeds chances for points. After Alex Mellor was taken out without the ball, the Rhinos opened up the left side of the Tigers defence and Myler was unlucky not to get over the line. At the end of that set, Lui chased Gale’s kick into the in goal area and forced Cheyse Blair to take the ball over the dead ball line.

On the half hour mark, Castleford’s Oliver Holmes was shown a red card by referee Tom Grant for kicking Richie Myler while the Leeds full back was on the floor. With a man advantage, the Rhinos exploited the gap in the Tigers’ defence as Luke Gale scored against his former club. Paul McShane had been penalised for a late shot on the Leeds skipper and following a flowing move to the left side of the field, Gale cut back inside and took three Castleford defenders with him to the line to give the home side the advantage.

Although Leeds looked firm favourites to take their lead into the break, as the hooter sounded Cameron Smith put up a high bomb, hoping for Tom Briscoe to take it. The Leeds winger instead batted the ball down for the waiting Greg Eden who pounced on the loose ball and raced 70 metres to the try line. Richardson’s kick went between the uprights, making the half time score a 12 all stalemate.

 

Despite being a man down, Castleford made a strong start to the second half; Eden grabbing his second of the game. The Tigers were moving the ball well, creating space in the process, and as Richardson and Jake Trueman combined midfield, O’Brien spotted Eden in space and passed the ball out for the winger to round Ash Handley and score in the corner.

The Rhinos pushed to get back ahead and had a couple of great chance over the next 20 minutes. Hurrell took a drop off from Lui to bust through the Castleford defence but the post denied the centre and helped McShane keep the ball off the turf. Matt Prior was also held up in goal before Cameron Smith was chopped down by the Tigers defence short once more.

Past the hour mark, Leeds’ finally took lead once again with back to back tries. Smith came close but a nice passing move involving Gale and Myler released Sutcliffe to score from close range untouched. Tom Briscoe then got in on the act. Derrell Olpherts knocked the ball on after O’Brien had fielded Gale’s kick, setting Leeds up on the Tigers try line, and with the Tigers suffering with a man disadvantage, Lui spotted space on the edge and shifted the ball on to Martin, who’s timed pass to Hurrell was perfect, enabling the Tongan international to produce a brilliant offload for Briscoe to score in the corner. Martin converted the latter try giving the home side a slight 22-18 advantage.

Martin sealed the points six minutes from time, finishing off a break by Lui to slice through the Castleford defence and touch down to give the Rhinos the league points, despite a late penalty try for Blair, who was taken out in the air. Richardson’s conversion proved only a consolation as Myler took Leeds’ short kick off and wound the clock down; Leeds eventually winning 28-24 to close the gap to the Play Off places.

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A late fightback was needed from Leeds Rhinos but Richard Agar’s side got the job done at Emerald Headingley against derby rivals Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League, winning 28-24.

Bodene Thompson, Mikolaj Oledzki, Brad Dwyer and James Donaldson were the only Rhinos players to feature from Tuesday night’s defeat against St Helens as head coach Agar reintroduced the majority of the squad that won at Wembley two weeks ago. Luke Gale came up against his former side for the first time in Leeds colours and once again led from the front while Rhyse Martin accumulated 12 points over the 80 minutes.

The Rhinos got off to the worst possible start as Richie Myler dropped a high bomb to give the visitors a chance to apply early pressure. Gareth O’Brien tried to poke his head through the Leeds defensive line but the full back wasn’t getting through. On the next play, Danny Richardson prodded a grubber kick into the in goal area which was dropped on by Liam Watts, who opened the scoring.

Ten minutes later, Leeds levelled the score thanks to man of the match Ava Seumanufagai. Since the Tigers try, Leeds had turned the game in their favour; Kruise Leeming forcing an important handling error to turn possession over to the Rhinos in a dangerous position. The hooker was instrumental in the try, making the Rhinos play down the short side for Konrad Hurrell. Moving the ball back in field, Rob Lui dropped the ball off inside for prop Seumanufagai to barrel his way over. Martin levelled the scores with his conversion.

Penalties against Castleford was giving Leeds chances for points. After Alex Mellor was taken out without the ball, the Rhinos opened up the left side of the Tigers defence and Myler was unlucky not to get over the line. At the end of that set, Lui chased Gale’s kick into the in goal area and forced Cheyse Blair to take the ball over the dead ball line.

On the half hour mark, Castleford’s Oliver Holmes was shown a red card by referee Tom Grant for kicking Richie Myler while the Leeds full back was on the floor. With a man advantage, the Rhinos exploited the gap in the Tigers’ defence as Luke Gale scored against his former club. Paul McShane had been penalised for a late shot on the Leeds skipper and following a flowing move to the left side of the field, Gale cut back inside and took three Castleford defenders with him to the line to give the home side the advantage.

Although Leeds looked firm favourites to take their lead into the break, as the hooter sounded Cameron Smith put up a high bomb, hoping for Tom Briscoe to take it. The Leeds winger instead batted the ball down for the waiting Greg Eden who pounced on the loose ball and raced 70 metres to the try line. Richardson’s kick went between the uprights, making the half time score a 12 all stalemate.

 

Despite being a man down, Castleford made a strong start to the second half; Eden grabbing his second of the game. The Tigers were moving the ball well, creating space in the process, and as Richardson and Jake Trueman combined midfield, O’Brien spotted Eden in space and passed the ball out for the winger to round Ash Handley and score in the corner.

The Rhinos pushed to get back ahead and had a couple of great chance over the next 20 minutes. Hurrell took a drop off from Lui to bust through the Castleford defence but the post denied the centre and helped McShane keep the ball off the turf. Matt Prior was also held up in goal before Cameron Smith was chopped down by the Tigers defence short once more.

Past the hour mark, Leeds’ finally took lead once again with back to back tries. Smith came close but a nice passing move involving Gale and Myler released Sutcliffe to score from close range untouched. Tom Briscoe then got in on the act. Derrell Olpherts knocked the ball on after O’Brien had fielded Gale’s kick, setting Leeds up on the Tigers try line, and with the Tigers suffering with a man disadvantage, Lui spotted space on the edge and shifted the ball on to Martin, who’s timed pass to Hurrell was perfect, enabling the Tongan international to produce a brilliant offload for Briscoe to score in the corner. Martin converted the latter try giving the home side a slight 22-18 advantage.

Martin sealed the points six minutes from time, finishing off a break by Lui to slice through the Castleford defence and touch down to give the Rhinos the league points, despite a late penalty try for Blair, who was taken out in the air. Richardson’s conversion proved only a consolation as Myler took Leeds’ short kick off and wound the clock down; Leeds eventually winning 28-24 to close the gap to the Play Off places.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Leeds Rhinos

1485

Castleford Tigers

1179

Carries
Leeds Rhinos

182

Castleford Tigers

191

Passes
Leeds Rhinos Castleford Tigers

233

227

Tackles
Leeds Rhinos Castleford Tigers

327

364

Missed Tackles

Leeds Rhinos

40

Castleford Tigers

46

Clean Breaks

Leeds Rhinos

10

Castleford Tigers

5

Attacking Kicks

8

6

Dummy Half Metres

94

84

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

4

4

Penalties Conceded

3

6

Tries

5

4

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Richard Myler0140171131279.820300000
Tom Briscoe103011113937.210300000
Konrad Hurrell0191280171659.711100010
Liam Sutcliffe10193140151228.120200010
Ash Handley00611101717310.211200000
Robert Lui012128109576.301000000
Luke Gale1017133411302.700000000
Ava Seumanufagai10172050121139.400000000
Kruise Leeming02331240033311.003000000
Matt Prior0034821013836.400200000
Alex Mellor0030862010666.600200000
Rhyse Martin10358460121038.620104121
Bodene Thompson002980005459.000000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0010112166310.505200000
Mikolaj Oledzki001823009758.300200000
Cameron Smith00265351131058.110000001
James Donaldson001620004328.000000001
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Gareth O'Brien0121141112534.401200001
Derrell Olpherts0060360191065.600300000
James Clare0018554013816.210100000
Cheyse Blair1023333010969.610100010
Greg Eden2020260191799.424100010
Jake Trueman0026423113513.910000010
Danny Richardson0110071315332.200104001
Liam Watts10291022012736.100100011
Paul McShane004066219606.706000011
Tyler Hepi002842006477.800000000
Alex Foster003481208263.200100020
Mike McMeeken00335150151228.100300020
Oliver Holmes002451106305.000000002
Interchanges
Jesse Sene-Lafao001442108506.200100010
Daniel Smith0030732012715.900000010
Junior Moors00266210141017.200300020
Lewis Peachey0000000000.000000000
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card