Posted: Sunday 26th May 2019 - 3:23 PM
Kelsey Gentles scored four tries as Castleford Tigers booked their place in the next round of the Challenge Cup
CASTELFORD TIGERS 48
Castleford Tries: Lucy Eastwood (4), Shona Hoyle (35), Sinead Peach (39), Kelsey Gentles (45,50, 53, 72), Georgia Roche (76), Rhiannion Marshall (79)
Castleford Goals: Claire Garner 3/4, Tara Stanley 2/5
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS 4
Featherstone Tries: Katie Hepworth (23)
Featherstone Goals: Katie Hepworth 0/1
Playfair Garage Player of the Match: Kelsey Gentles
Venue: Mend-A-Hose Jungle
With 1,148 fans packed into the Jungle and over 2,000 watching online, the second round Women’s Challenge Cup tie between Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers took full advantage of being the only rugby league game scheduled last Thursday night.
The attendance may have been a massive one however, it still came just shy of the all-time record for a stand-alone female game (1,200 at the 2018 Grand Final).
Nevertheless, the Tigresses were able to feed off their fans’ energy as they ran nine tries past their West Yorkshire rivals Featherstone in a 48-4 victory.
The home side couldn’t have made a better start as Lucy Eastwood put the Tigers 4-0 up in the opening five minutes. Courtney Pointon showed great feet and agility as she escaped the clutched of Featherstone’s defence. As soon as the winger ran into traffic, Eastwood showed her support, claimed possession and crashed over the try line.
Featherstone didn’t dwell on their early deficit and went straight back to work. Jonny Payne’s side began causing Castleford serious trouble and forced the Super League leaders to defend a couple of consecutive sets.
With over 20 minutes gone, Rovers’ offensive efforts reaped rewards with Katie Hepworth touching down on the left edge. The former Castleford Tigers captain missed the conversion making the score 4-4.
Despite enduring one of their worst first half performances of the season, Castleford did manage to pull ahead thanks to a quick break from Shona Hoyle.
Hoyle’s effort was soon followed up by a try from former Featherstone star Snead Peach. The hooker’s impressive run from dummy half saw the Tigresses take a 14-4 lead into the break.
Shortly after the interval, the match quickly became the ‘Kelsey Gentles show’. A seven-minute hat-trick from the winger continued her run of impressive second half performances.
However, the pick of her tries wasn’t any of the first three – it was her fourth.
Featherstone and former England captain, Andrea Dobson, looked to kick the ball out and end the set inside Castleford’s ten. But, with the ball falling short of the touch line, it was picked up by Gentles. The England international then raced over 90 meters, beating three defenders along the way, to score a sensational fourth try.
Rhiannion Marshall and reigning Woman of Steel, Georgia Roche, added two more efforts for Lindsay Anfield’s side to make sure of the victory and a place in round three of the Challenge Cup.
Castleford Tigers Women
1. TARA STANLEY (Moran Personal Training and Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
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)
14. SAMMY WATTS (McTigue Funeral Directors and The Glass Blower)
15. OLIVIA GRACE (Andy Candler Motor Engineers Ltd)
16. MAISIE LUMB (Spear Scaffolding Services)
17. KIRSTY HIGO (Ink Religion)
20. KATY TORDOFF (Drink Natural)
22. SAM JORDAN (Meadow Lodge Home Care Services)
24. LUCY EASTWOOD (Donna & Paul Hampton)
68. SHONA HOYLE (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
7. Chelsea Senior
21. Chloe Reynolds
29. Jaz Hazel
1. Grace Cotton
5. Kayleigh Bulman
6. Katie Hepworth
27. Hannah Bairstow
16. Paige Stevens
9. Charley Blackburn
8. Brogan Churm
26. Zoe Teece
12. Nat Harrowell
13. Andrea Dobson
14. Kelly Smith
17. Jess Hammond
11. Brogan Kennedy
19. Steph Grenham
2. Grace Dyke
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