“We can still make the play-offs” Rhinos fans remain confident despite defeat- How social media reacted to Castleford’s win over Leeds

Last night, Castleford conjured up a huge win against rivals Leeds to breathe new life into their season. It was a disappointing performance from the Rhinos who needed a win to remain in the top six. That was my view anyway but how did social media see it?

The big news before kick-off was the absence of Leeds skipper Matt Prior. Straight away Cas fans picked up on this straight away and were given even more hope that their side could conjure up a derby day win.

As the game unfolded it became clear that Leeds would miss Prior along with other key players like Mikolaj Oledzki and Luke Gale.

In Prior’s absence, the captain’s armband fell to Ash Handley and it’s safe to say plenty of Leeds fans were pleased to see a Leeds lad lead the team out even if the contest didn’t end in victory.

He also came up with a captain’s knock with a spectacular try in the corner to give Leeds hope after a low-key first half.

Ultimately though, Handley’s team were outperformed on the night. Many tried to diagnose the defeat and some believed that it was down to the Rhinos’ own errors.

Others were more positive believing that Leeds will still make the play-offs.

However, one or two fans felt simply hopeless claiming that too many excuses are being thrown out to explain away Leeds’ back-to-back defeats.

Unsurprisingly, others tried to lighten the mood with some friendly banter thrown at the Tigers reminding Cas fans of their Grand Final defeat back in 2017.

There’s no getting away from the fact Cas were better on the night however and talisman Paul McShane was at the heart of it.

As was Greg Eden. The winger crossed for a pair of priceless tries although one of them looked a little odd to look at as he collided with the upright.

Despite the obvious divide between the local rivals, all supporters were left annoyed by the pitch invader as well as the time it took to get him removed. It sullied Eden’s match breaking try in the second half and culminated in a lengthy and unneeded stoppage.

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