• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 24 - 10

  • Castleford Tigers Women
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT -
  • Castleford Tigers Women
7th October 2018 | KO 00:00 | Sports Park, Weetwood | Women's Super League

Leeds Rhinos Women 24 Castleford Tigers Women 10

A titanic second half push from the Rhinos would see them book themselves a spot in the Grand Final, turning a 6-0 deficit into a 24-10 win after a gruelling first half.

The opening 40 minutes may be the most closely contested 40 minutes of the Women’s Super League season, both siudes trading crunching hits and feeling out their opposite numbers early on looking for a potential weak point in the others armour.

It would be Castleford who would have the first opportunity to put themselves on the scoresheet with a knock on by the Rhinos off the kick off, the Tigers trying their luck down the Rhinos right edge but unable to come up with points due to some fantastic goal line defence to hold up Castleford over the line on the last.

The Tigers short kicking game was no doubt highlighted as a huge threat in the Rhinos camp, Tara Stanley’s grubber in behind forcing Charlotte Booth to stab the ball dead and hand Castleford another set of six close to the Leeds line, Leeds once more withstanding the intense pressure.

Leeds would come agonisingly close to breaking the dead lock 20 minutes in, Rhiannion Marshall planting her feet before stepping through the Tigers defence to find herself one on one with the Castleford fullback, Anderson in support unable to gather in the pass and the chance going begging.

Castleford would opt to take the 2 points on offer when a loose ball was deemed to have been caused by a Rhinos hand in the tackle, Stanley pulling her kick to the right of the posts and the ball staying alive for Leeds and the Rhinos then escaping their in goal area.

A scramble in the in goal area would bring the first points of the game, the kick dribbled through close to the Leeds line, Robinson looked to have grounded the ball behind her own line but the touch judge ruling that Georgie Hetherington’s hand had got their first, the kick converted and Castleford taking a 6-0 lead into the half.

Leeds came out into the second half knowing they were in a ball game, a season defining 40 minutes to come and that would end their maiden season. Early penalties would put Leeds within range of the Tigers line, the chance for points far too inviting for Rhiannion Marshall as she crashed over from close range, Hill unable to convert from out to the left.

Marshall would soon pave the way to Leeds’ second try of the game to hand the home side the lead for the first time in the game, Marshall busting the tackle and breaking to within 25 metres of the Castleford line before popping the ball up for Chloe Kerrigan to race free and score next to the posts, Hill on the mark with the kick.

Leeds had clearly found their rhythm, a fast start to the second half boosting the confidence of the fearless Rhinos, Manina Spurr going close 2 times previously, for Spurr it was 3rd times the charm as on the 5th Leeds ran the ball up the short side and Spurr would carry two over with her out on the left, Hill’s kick just under the bar, 14-6 Leeds.

Castleford knew their was still time to rattle the Rhinos and claw back their lead, running the ball to the left edge and finding numbers out-wide, Pointon taking the ball to the Leeds stripe but the Rhinos strong in contact and dislodging the ball with yet more goal line heroics.

Leeds would open up their margin further when Charlotte Booth stepped out of dummy half on her own 40, fending away from two and getting herself on the outside of Pointon, Booth with too much pace and the livewire back haring away to score a runaway 60 metre try out towards the left touchline, Hill unable to convert as Leeds took an 18-6 lead and 20 minutes still to play.

Suze Hill would undoubtabley come up with the try of the game in bizarre fashion, a Caitlin Beevers kick bobbling across the Tigers 30 metre line when Hill burst onto the ball and chipping it, from the deck, over the Castleford winger and regathering on the other side to then squeeze into the corner and put the game almost beyond reasonable doubt, Hill’s conversion dropping under the bar.

Castleford would grab the final try of the game when Kelsey Gentles came up with a well deserved try for her efforts in the left centre before the game ending on a more sour note, Emma Slowe seeing red for dissent towards the man in the middle. The sound of the whistle was met by an enormous cheer and an avalanche of bodies as the rest of the team came to from the technical area to celebrate their 24-10 victory and booking themselves a spot on the biggest stage of all in Manchester.

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A titanic second half push from the Rhinos would see them book themselves a spot in the Grand Final, turning a 6-0 deficit into a 24-10 win after a gruelling first half.

The opening 40 minutes may be the most closely contested 40 minutes of the Women’s Super League season, both siudes trading crunching hits and feeling out their opposite numbers early on looking for a potential weak point in the others armour.

It would be Castleford who would have the first opportunity to put themselves on the scoresheet with a knock on by the Rhinos off the kick off, the Tigers trying their luck down the Rhinos right edge but unable to come up with points due to some fantastic goal line defence to hold up Castleford over the line on the last.

The Tigers short kicking game was no doubt highlighted as a huge threat in the Rhinos camp, Tara Stanley’s grubber in behind forcing Charlotte Booth to stab the ball dead and hand Castleford another set of six close to the Leeds line, Leeds once more withstanding the intense pressure.

Leeds would come agonisingly close to breaking the dead lock 20 minutes in, Rhiannion Marshall planting her feet before stepping through the Tigers defence to find herself one on one with the Castleford fullback, Anderson in support unable to gather in the pass and the chance going begging.

Castleford would opt to take the 2 points on offer when a loose ball was deemed to have been caused by a Rhinos hand in the tackle, Stanley pulling her kick to the right of the posts and the ball staying alive for Leeds and the Rhinos then escaping their in goal area.

A scramble in the in goal area would bring the first points of the game, the kick dribbled through close to the Leeds line, Robinson looked to have grounded the ball behind her own line but the touch judge ruling that Georgie Hetherington’s hand had got their first, the kick converted and Castleford taking a 6-0 lead into the half.

Leeds came out into the second half knowing they were in a ball game, a season defining 40 minutes to come and that would end their maiden season. Early penalties would put Leeds within range of the Tigers line, the chance for points far too inviting for Rhiannion Marshall as she crashed over from close range, Hill unable to convert from out to the left.

Marshall would soon pave the way to Leeds’ second try of the game to hand the home side the lead for the first time in the game, Marshall busting the tackle and breaking to within 25 metres of the Castleford line before popping the ball up for Chloe Kerrigan to race free and score next to the posts, Hill on the mark with the kick.

Leeds had clearly found their rhythm, a fast start to the second half boosting the confidence of the fearless Rhinos, Manina Spurr going close 2 times previously, for Spurr it was 3rd times the charm as on the 5th Leeds ran the ball up the short side and Spurr would carry two over with her out on the left, Hill’s kick just under the bar, 14-6 Leeds.

Castleford knew their was still time to rattle the Rhinos and claw back their lead, running the ball to the left edge and finding numbers out-wide, Pointon taking the ball to the Leeds stripe but the Rhinos strong in contact and dislodging the ball with yet more goal line heroics.

Leeds would open up their margin further when Charlotte Booth stepped out of dummy half on her own 40, fending away from two and getting herself on the outside of Pointon, Booth with too much pace and the livewire back haring away to score a runaway 60 metre try out towards the left touchline, Hill unable to convert as Leeds took an 18-6 lead and 20 minutes still to play.

Suze Hill would undoubtabley come up with the try of the game in bizarre fashion, a Caitlin Beevers kick bobbling across the Tigers 30 metre line when Hill burst onto the ball and chipping it, from the deck, over the Castleford winger and regathering on the other side to then squeeze into the corner and put the game almost beyond reasonable doubt, Hill’s conversion dropping under the bar.

Castleford would grab the final try of the game when Kelsey Gentles came up with a well deserved try for her efforts in the left centre before the game ending on a more sour note, Emma Slowe seeing red for dissent towards the man in the middle. The sound of the whistle was met by an enormous cheer and an avalanche of bodies as the rest of the team came to from the technical area to celebrate their 24-10 victory and booking themselves a spot on the biggest stage of all in Manchester.

Team Performance

Goals

2

0

Tries

5

0

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Suze Hill1000000
Char Booth1000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Madison Laverick0000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill0200000
Amy Johnson0000000
Frankie Townend0000000
Dannielle Anderson0000000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Sophie Nuttall0000000
Shannon Lacey0000000
Interchanges
Manina Spurr1000000
Chloe Kerrigan1000000
Rhiannion Marshall1000000
Ellie Oldroyd0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards