Cas down Saints to go two points clear!
Posted: Monday 13th May 2019 - 12:12 PM
Castleford Tigers Women put on another fine display as they beat St. Helens 30-14 to cement their place at the top of the table.
Castleford Tigers Women 30-14 St. Helens
Castleford Tries: Stanley (7, 33), Roche (36, 78), Marshall (55), Lumley (72)
Goals: Stanley 3/7
St. Helens Tries: Harris (26), Burke (30, 75)
Goals: Gaskin 1/3
Sinbin: Crowl (70) Dissent
Dismissal: Crowl (71) Continued dissent
Referee: Joe Turner
Playfair Garage Player of the Match: Georgia Roche
A record home crowd of 811 fans watched the Tigresses become the first team to beat a previously unbeaten St. Helens outfit.
The victory means Castleford have now beaten all of last season’s top three sides consecutively. The win also puts the Tigresses two points clear at the top of the Women’s Super League table.
Tara Stanley kicked off the try scoring at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle after just seven minutes. Claire Garner shipped the ball out to Stanley who exposed a gap down the right edge to give the hosts an early lead.
Quarter of an hour later, Saints conceded a penalty around 15 meters in front of their own sticks. A sarcastic tap on the head from Claire Garner to Tara Jones caused a furious reaction from the Saints players.
As both teams clashed in the middle of the park, the referee looked to restore order. Once the players were separated, Stanley opted to go for the two points and successfully claimed them giving Castleford a 6-0 lead.
Moments later, Saints hit back through Zoe Harris. A clever dummy from the St Helens player opened up a gap in the Tigers back line. Harris did well to expose it and put the visitors on the scoresheet.
Derek Hardman’s side continued to attack and it didn’t take long before a try from Leah Burke put the visitors ahead.
With Castleford behind for only the second time this season, the Tigresses came up with an immediate response.
On this occasion, the home side worked the ball out down the left with Sinead Peach finding Tara Stanley. The full-back spotted an opening in the Saints defence and exposed it with full effect.
Just three minutes later, Castleford had the ball in a similar position. This time, it was Emma Slowe who played a pivotal role as her off-load allowed Peach to set up Georgia Roche for her first try of the match.
Saints knew that they had a big second half to come and they certainly started on the front foot.
Castleford remained resilient and were able to keep a spirited St. Helens side at bay. Their defensive efforts were soon rewarded though as Rhiannion Marshall produced a sensational try. As she gained possession ten meters out, the loose forward threw a dummy and glided over the whitewash to extend Castleford’s lead.
Saints were down by ten but thingsquickly got worse as Channy Crowl saw a yellow card for dissent. As she continued to exchange words, the referee brought out his red card instead, forcing Saints to continue with 12 players.
As the player made her way off the field, Castleford’s Emma Lumley powered through the heart of the St. Helens defence to score her second try of the season.
The away team continued to fight and did get four points back when Leah Burke capitalised on a brilliant pass from Beth Stott.
However, the two points were sealed for the Tigers when Georgia Roche came up with yet another sensational individual effort.
Next up for Castleford is a huge home Challenge Cup clash with Featherstone Rovers on Thursday the 23rdof May. St. Helens meanwhile, will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Stanningley.
1) TARA STANLEY (Moran Personal Training and Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
2) ALEX WALLACE (David and Peter Walker)
4) KELSEY GENTLES (Atkinsons Fencing and Decking Specialists)
5) COURTNEY POINTON (Aysgarth Falls Hotel)
6) GEORGIA ROCHE (Reactive Installations, Met Life Insurance and Tracked Spider Solutions)
7) CLAIRE GARNER (NT Killingley)
8) EMMA LUMLEY (Chuldow Martial Arts)
9) SINEAD PEACH (PlayFair Garage and Riverside Signs & Designs)
10) GRACE FIELD (Greywood Hall)
11) TAMZIN RENOUF (Anthony Higgins Transport)
13) RHIANNION MARSHALL (Marra Falcons and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
15) OLIVIA GRACE (Andy Candler Motor Engineers Ltd)
16) MAISIE LUMB (Spear Scaffolding Services)
18) ANNABELLE MORLEY (AFP Digital)
20) KATY TORDOFF (Drink Natural)
23) ESME REYNOLDS (Aero Cool)
24) LUCY EASTWOOD (Donna & Paul Hampton)
44) EMMA SLOWE (Caroline Jackson #44)
68) SHONA HOYLE (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
1) Jodie Cunningham
2) Rebecca Avenell
3) Naomi Williams
4) Beth Stott
5) Leah Burke
6) Zoe Harris
7) Faye Gaskin
8) Vicky Whitfield
9) Tara Jones
10) Dawn Taylor
11) Pip Birchall
12) Emily Rudge
13) Channy Crowl
18) Lizzie Gladman
15) Katie May Williams
16) Darcy Stott
17) Sarah Lovejoy
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