Castleford Tigers 44-16 Leigh Centurions

Ben Roberts injury


Castleford Tigers put an end to Leigh Centurions’ fairytale return to Super League in emphatic fashion with a 44-16 victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Lancashire side were looking to make their mark in the top flight for the first time in twelve years, but were brought back down to earth by a well-polished Tigers performance.

Tries from debutant Jesse Sene-Lefao, Junior Moors, Greg Eden and braces from Greg Minikin and Luke Gale earned the points for Castleford.

Ryan Hampshire scored against his former club, alongside Matty Dawson and Danny Tickle who notched his 100th career try, to give the visitors something to cheer about.

The Centurions started the game brightly, two penalties in quick succession gave them good field position but they were unable to capitalise on their early pressure and the gap between the two sides began to show shortly after.

Castleford broke the deadlock after 19 minutes. Neat hands from Paul McShane meant Grant Millington could pull in Leigh’s defence, and offload to Gale who scooted over the line and added the extras for his side.

Sene-Lefao celebrated his debut for the Tigers with a try, after a late offload from man-of-the-match Mike McMeeken found the hands of McShane. The hooker cut through Leigh’s defence with a pass to Millington who fed in the Kiwi prop.

Back-to-back tries from winger Minikin ensured the home side went into the break 26-0 up.

Leigh were unable to find an answer to the Tigers onslaught and just two minutes after the restart, Moors crossed the whitewash from close range.

Hampshire, Dawson and Tickle put points on the board for the Centurions in the second half but tries from Gale and Eden topped off a resounding victory for Castleford.

Leigh will now look to improve next week where they face Leeds Rhinos in their first home game of the campaign.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinWing200000
3Jake WebsterCentre000000
4Michael ShentonCentre000000
5Greg EdenWing100000
6Rangi Chase 16Stand Off000000
7Luke GaleScrum Half280001
8Andy Lynch 10Prop000000
9Paul McShaneHooker000000
12Mike McMeekenSecond Row000000
14Nathan Massey 18Loose Forward000000
15Jesse Sene-LefaoSecond Row100000
19Gadwin Springer 17Prop000000
10Grant Millington 8Interchange000000
16Ben Roberts 6Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 19Interchange100000
18Matt Cook 14Interchange000000
 Total 780001

Leigh Centurions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mitch BrownCentre000000
2Adam HigsonWing000000
3Ben CrooksCentre000000
5Matty DawsonWing100000
6Martyn RidyardStand Off020000
7Josh DrinkwaterScrum Half000000
8Gareth Hock 22Prop000000
11Cory PatersonSecond Row000000
12Glenn Stewart 17Second Row000000
13Harrison Hansen 10Loose Forward000000
15Danny TickleProp100000
19Ryan HampshireFull Back100000
21Liam Hood 14Hooker000000
10Dayne Weston 13Interchange000000
14Eloi Pelissier 21Interchange000000
17Atelea Vea 12Interchange000000
22James Green 8Interchange000000
 Total 320000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 10, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Castleford Tigers261844
Leigh Centurions01616