Derby delight for Tigresses
Posted: Monday 29th April 2019 - 12:36 PM
Castleford Tigers Women have maintained their ferocious start to the season with a 27-0 demolition of Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos.
A double from Kelsey Gentles plus further tries from Georgia Roche, Sinead Peach and former Leeds Rhinos star Rhiannion Marshall secured a memorable win in front of a record crowd of 703.
The game got off to an edgy start with both teams setting a frantic tempo in the early stages. The sheer pace of the match saw both Leeds and Castleford come up with a number of forced an unforced errors which added to the already tense atmosphere.
However, it was the Tigresses who found their feet first as they rattled their opponents with a couple of early chances. On two separate occasions the Tigers played the ball out down the left edge but failed to complete the final pass.
On the third time of asking, there were no further errors as Kelsey Gentles slid across the tryline to give the hosts an early lead.
Leeds came back strong but a big defensive effort from the Tigers ensured the Rhinos were kept firmly out.
On the 24th minute mark it was Rhiannion Marshall’s turn to get on the scoresheet. The former Leeds player used her size and strength to barge her way through the heart of the Rhinos defence. Her effort was converted by Tara Stanley to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.
Moments later Stanley was in the spotlight once more as on the last tackle of a Castleford set, the full-back took an unusual decision to go for the drop goal. Following a successful attempt, the Tigresses took an 11-0 lead into the break.
Rhinos had their backs against the wall early on in the second period as the hosts looked for more points. However, as soon as Leeds weather the storm, it was their turn to threaten.
Despite having chances, the visitors lacked a clinical edge to finish their opportunities off. This proved yet more costly when another Marshall run opened the door for Sinead Peach to score.
Just four minutes later, the Tigresses expanded their lead even further as Woman of Steel Georgia Roche produced some fancy footwork to get away from the Rhinos defence and get over the whitewash.
Then with ten minute remaining, Gentles scored her second down the left edge to secure the two points.
Speaking after the game, head coach Lindsay Anfield said: “I’m really pleased that we managed to keep their score to zero but I still think our performance needs a bit of polishing and a bit of work.
“In the first half today we were really nervous and sluggish - we were struggling to complete our sets. I gave them a bit at half time and they came out all guns blazing so I was certainly a lot more pleased with the second half.”
Castleford aimed to break the record for the highest attendance in a stand-alone Women’s Super League game. With 703 fans turning out, the club missed out on that accolade however, this was still the highest attendance for a Castleford Tigers Women’s home game.
Next up for the team is a huge home clash with St. Helens. Both teams are unbeaten meaning somebody’s 0 has got to go when they meet on Sunday May 12th.
Castleford Tigers Women 27-0 Leeds Rhinos Women
Castleford Tries: Kelsey Gentles (16, 71), Rhiannion Marshall (24), Sinead Peach (56), Georgia Roche (60)
Goals: Tara Stanley 3/5
DG: Tara Stanley (29)
POM: Kelsey Gentles
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