Tigresses down Bradford in tough Odsal test

Posted: Friday 7th June 2019 - 10:42 AM

By Andrea Mena

Bradford Bulls 22-42 Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tries: Rhiannion Marshall (26), Katy Tordoff (31), Georgia Roche (36, 52), Emma Slowe (39), Tara Stanley (46, 70), Maisie Lumb (58, 75)

Castleford Goals: Tara Stanley (x3)


The Tigresses came into this game in great form and Lindsay Anfield’s side were keen to maintain their 100% win record so far this season.

After a nervy start to the game Shona Hoyle helped inspire her side with a fantastic run, almost running the entire length of the pitch. Bradford survived with the last defender managing to bring down the former Bulls player.

Bradford’s Sarah Dunn and Castleford’s Claire Garner both made a charge down the line early on in the contest but neither side was able to capitalise.

In the end Bradford found the try line first. After a knock on by the Tigresses, the Bulls seized full opportunity of the penalty as they fed the ball down the line into the hands of Amy Hardcastle. The England international slid into the corner to give Bradford a lead 20 minutes into the game.

But the visitors’ lead didn’t last for long. Claire Graner made an interception on the half way line and burst ahead. This time the Tigresses were not going to let another try scoring opportunity go to waste, as Rhiannon Marshall powered over the try line to put points on the board for Cas.

The away side used their newly found momentum well and straight on the offensive. A flurry of passes down the right flank found Katie Tordoff who put The Tigresses in the lead.

Five minutes later Georgia Roche showed quick feet as she beat four Bradford defenders to score a sublime individual effort.

Just moments before the full time whistle, there was still time for one more Castleford effort with Emma Slowe adding her name to the score sheet. Fullback Tara Stanley converted the try to give the Tigresses a 20-6 lead.

Castleford carried over their first half momentum and after some great build-up play early on in the second half, the Tigresses found themselves knocking on the door.

Maisie Lumb found herself a couple of meters shy of try line however, Tara Stnaley picked up the pieces from dummy half as she slid into the corner.  

Soon after that try, the Tigresses were down to twelve players. Loose forward Rhiannon Marshall was sent off following an off the ball incident with Amy Hardcastle.  

But visitors didn’t let this affect them. Moments later Georgia Roche scored her second try of the evening increasing the Tigers lead.  

Minutes later Claire Garner produced a perfectly weighted kick which found the arms of Maisie Lumb who dived over to get her first try.

Sarah Dunn got one back for the Bulls but this was quickly met with a Castleford response as once again Tara Stanley found the corner.

The Tigers were clearly beginning to feel the effects of playing for half an hour with one less on the field. Bradford took advantage of this as Danielle Bose slid under the sticks.

A second effort from Maisie Lumb reinstated Castleford’s advantage but in the end, it was Bradford who had the final say with a try right on the final whistle.

Nevertheless, the Tigresses took the 42-22 victory to maintain their unbeaten run. The two teams will meet again in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup on the 23rd of June at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.


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