Poor defensive display leads to successive defeat

Posted: Sunday 19th August 2018 - 8:12 PM

This was the Tigresses’ second consecutive defeat following their Challenge Cup final loss to the Leeds Rhinos two weeks ago. 

Anfield said: “After such a valiant effort against Leeds, attitude to defend was poor today. Losing eight first team players will affect any team, so I’m not worried going forward. Everyone needs to step up in training now to get some momentum before the play offs.”

Castleford began the game well as they tested the resolve of Bradford’s defence in the early stages. However, as time went by the initiative began to shift the other way. 

On the half hour mark, Bradford finally broke the deadlock with an opening try courtesy of Leah Jones. 

However, just moments later, their opener was quickly cancelled out by Ellie Lamb’s effort. Lamb was making her first appearance in over ten months and she certainly didn’t look out of place as she powered over the whitewash down the left wing. 

The home side then began to grab the initiative and managed to snatch a try just seconds before the half time whistle. Savannah Andrade was the scorer and she wasn’t done there. No more than a couple of minutes after the restart, Andrade further extended the Bulls’ lead with her second effort of the game. 

With Castleford now 16-4 down, the situation was beginning to worsen however, Grace Field gave the Tigers hope with a try in the 53rd minute. Jasmine Rowley set the foundations for the four pointer as her forceful break allowed Field to slot the ball over the try line. 

Unfortunately for the Tigresses, all that hard work was made obsolete by a number of defensive errors which ultimately led to Castleford’s demise. 

Amy Hardcastle and Stacey Greenwood both forced their way through the visitors’ defence with great ease as their tries all but clinched the two points for Bradford.

There was still enough time for Castleford’s Tara Stanley to make her presence felt. After collecting a kick on the half way line, Stanley went on to beat the entire Bradford defence and touchdown on the right wing. She put the cherry on the pie as her conversion sailed over the posts to sign off an incredible individual effort.

The defeat leaves Castleford in fourth, only four points above Bradford who are still in the hunt for a play-off place.

With the Bulls chasing, Castleford will need to turn around their fortunes fast. However, this will not be an easy task considering their remaining four games include trips to Wigan and St. Helens, plus home game games with Leeds and Featherstone.

The one major positive for the Tigresses is that their next fixture is scheduled for the 9th of September, meaning the team has plenty of time to recover from their injury crisis. 

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