Castleford Tigers Women score 15 unanswered tries to storm into the 2019 Super League Season

Posted: Sunday 7th April 2019 - 4:24 PM


By Andrea Mena 

Castleford Tigers Women started their 2019 campaign with an outstanding performance and win against York City Knights. A hat trick of tries from Georgia Hetherington, Esme Reynolds and Tara Stanley saw the Tigresses ease past their opponents to a 80-0 victory.

The Tigresses faced York City Knights for the second year in a row for their opening game of the Women’s Super League. Castleford beat the Knights three times last season twice in the league and in the semi finals of the Challenge Cup.

York started the game strong, forcing the Tigresses deep into their half. But, Castleford soon found their feet and Lacey Owen powered over the line to give the Tigresses an early lead. Tara Stanley added the extras to put Castleford 6-0 up.

Five minutes later the Tigresses extended their lead as Georgie Hetherington found the right-hand corner, Tara Stanley converted.

The Tigresses continued their strong run, as England international Tara Stanley displayed some lovely feet work to gain ground in the middle of the park, and after a flurry of passes the Tigresses found the corner again through Esme Reynolds her first competitive match and try in amber and black. Stanley added the extras to give Castleford a 18-0 lead.

A knock-on from York saw Castleford re-gain the ball in York City Knights half, and Castleford punish again pushing the ball to the left hand side as Lacey Owens slid in with plenty of room for her second try of the game.

Even the rain shower didn’t affect Castleford’s game, as Tara Stanley found the try line again for her second of the game, the full back added the extras too.

Right before the half time whistle Esme Reynolds punished the Knights again for her second try of the new campaign giving the Tigresses an astounding 32 -0 lead at the break.

Castleford carried over their first half momentum, with Esme Reynolds getting her hat trick of the game with plenty of space in the right-hand corner, extending the Tigresses lead to 36-0.

Some outstanding tackles from Kelsey Gentles contained York in their own half and the Tigresses punished again with Georgie Heatherington getting another try to make it 40-0.

Moments later , Rachel Marshall powered down nearly the entire pitch, getting held up just before the line, but a sea of amber and black shirts were in support to extend Castleford’s lead through Georgie Heatherington.

There was no stopping the strength of Castleford as Lucy Eastwood powered over the line to increase Castleford’s score line to 48-0.

Clever feet work from Kelsey Gentles saw her run riot through York’s line to get a try under the posts, Stanley added the extras to make it 54-0.

The tries kept flooding through for Castleford as Grace Field also finds the try line.

Then the 2018 women of steal Georgia Roche added her name to the scoresheet with a try, Tara Stanley added the extras.

Stanley found herself over the line once again after York dropped the ball deep in the half, she converted her try. Grace Field added the final try to give Castleford Tigers Women a 80-0 victory.

The Tigresses travel to the home of the 2018 Super League champions next Sunday to face Wigan.

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