Castleford Tigers 66-10 Leeds Rhinos

Castleford Tigers 66-10 Leeds Rhinos

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Castleford Tigers ran in twelve tries as they cruised past the Leeds Rhinos in emphatic fashion to continue their unbeaten run in the Super League this season and send them to the top of the table.

Two incredible hat-tricks from both wingers, Greg Minikin and Greg Eden, and tries from Mike McMeeken, Zak Hardaker, Paul McShane, Jake Webster, talisman Luke Gale and Michael Shenton earned the Tigers the spoils in the Yorkshire derby.

Leeds were unable to deal with the Castleford onslaught all night, despite consolation scores from Anthony Mullally and Joel Moon in the second half.

The home side made Leeds look amateur, proving just why they are tipped for silverware at the end of the season, controlling the game from every part of the field.

Eden put the Tigers in front inside three minutes after a mistake from Leeds’ full-back Ashton Golding granted the home side good field position. Quick hands from Castleford to transfer the ball from right-to-left gave Eden his fourth try of the campaign.

Castleford then put themselves 10-0 up as McShane pinged a lethal ball out to the right for Minikin to score. The winger then touched down for his second try of the game just four minutes later as the Tigers began to run riot.

It was a night for Castleford’s wingers as Eden scored his second try in the 22nd minute before recording his first hat-trick in Castleford colours this season with nine minutes to go.

An incredible fifth try saw Eden offload the ball to Hardaker on Castleford’s try line, the full-back then stormed up field and McMeeken notched the score.

Minikin’s hat-trick came just before half-time. Junior Moors burst through the midfield and passed to Gale who kicked to the right and the winger gathered to send the Tigers into the break 30-0 up.

Hardaker topped off a wonderful performance in scoring against his former side, and McShane, Webster and Shenton notched a try each in the second half with Gale crossing as well to put the icing on another heroic display at half-back.

A difficult night for the Rhinos was eased a little when Mullally crashed over from close range in the 52nd minute, along with Moon’s score in the corner with two minutes to go, but it will be a game Leeds will soon want to forget.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell deserves credit for building an unbelievable squad that looks, in these early stages, to be the team to beat this season.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back100000
2Greg MinikinWing300000
3Jake WebsterCentre100000
4Michael ShentonCentre100000
5Greg EdenWing300000
7Luke GaleScrum Half190001
8Andy Lynch 17Prop000000
9Paul McShaneStand Off100000
12Mike McMeeken 10Second Row100000
13Adam MilnerHooker000000
14Nathan MasseyLoose Forward000000
15Jesse Sene-Lefao 27Second Row000000
19Gadwin Springer 18Prop000000
10Grant Millington 12Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 8Interchange000000
18Matt Cook 19Interchange000000
27Will Maher 15Interchange000000
 Total 1290001

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ashton GoldingFull Back000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre000000
4Joel MoonCentre100000
5Ryan HallWing000000
6Danny McGuireStand Off000000
9Matt Parcell 25Hooker000000
10Adam Cuthbertson 24Prop000000
14Liam SutcliffeScrum Half010000
15Brett DelaneySecond Row000000
16Brad Singleton 20Prop000000
18Jimmy KeinhorstSecond Row000000
21Josh Walters 23Loose Forward000000
22Ash HandleyWing000000
20Anthony Mullally 16Interchange100000
23Jack Ormondroyd 21Interchange000000
24Jordan Baldwinson 10Interchange000000
25Jordan Lilley 9Interchange000000
 Total 210000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
March 2, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Castleford Tigers303666
Leeds Rhinos01010