Castleford set up Cup Final rematch with Rhinos

Posted: Monday 8th July 2019 - 1:29 AM


Wakefield Trinity Ladies 0-100 Castleford Tigers Women

Tries: Tara Stanley (8, 15, 63), Grace Field (11), Frankie Townend (20, 28, 43, 49), Kelsey Gentles (24), Sinead Peach (32, 39), Emma Lumley (35), Georgia Roche (37, 72), Maisie Lumb (57, 60, 67), Shona Hoyle (70), Esme Reynolds (78)

Con: Tara Stanley 10/14, Claire Garner 2/5

HT: 0-58

Venue: Mobile Rocket Stadium

Attendance: 913


The story has come full circle. Twelve months ago Castleford Tigers Women suffered their biggest heartbreak to date when they lost the 2018 Challenge Cup final to their biggest rivals.  

In less than a months’ time, Castleford will have an opportunity to right the wrongs and have their redemption when once again, they take on Leeds Rhinos in the final of the Challenge Cup. 

This ‘dream’ final was secured following a 19-try thrashing of Wakefield Trinity Ladies at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. A total of 913 fans turned out to watch a ruthless performance from the Tigresses. 

Tara Stanley, Frankie Townend and Maisie Lumb all claimed hat-tricks as the visitors proved too strong for their local rivals. 

Wakefield enjoyed a good opening five minutes and even forced an early error from the Tigresses. However, once Castleford found their feet, there was simply no stopping them. 

With eight minutes on the clock, Stanley opened the scoring. A surging 40 meter run from the full-back was a sign of things to come. 

Just four minutes later, Grace Field powered through the heart of Wakefield’s defence to help the Tigers take a 12-0 lead. 

Moments later, Stanley collected a Trinity kick and dashed over 70 meters to score a sensational individual effort. 

The full-back was turned from scorer to provider in the next passage of play as her cross field kick teed up Frankie Townend who scored her first try for Castleford. 

That effort kick started a particularly ruthless spell for the Tigresses which saw them score five tries in 12 minutes. In that time, Sinead Peach managed to score a brace while further efforts courtesy of Georgia Roche and Emma Lumley put the Tigresses 58-0 up at half time. 

The bookmakers were offering Wakefield a 50-point head start before the game however, by the interval many knew that a potential century was on the cards. 

Townend completed her hat-trick just a few minutes into the second half. Moments later the former Oulton Raidettes and Leeds Rhinos player scored her fourth. 

Lindsay Anfield then introduced 17-year-old Maisie Lumb to the field. It didn’t take long before the youngster also found the tryline. 

Castleford worked the ball out down the right which allowed Lumb to exploit a gap in Wakefield’s defence and send the away fans into ovations. 

Moments later, Lumb was at it again. Once again, the Tigers worked the ball out to the 17-year-old who slotted away the finish neatly in the corner.

Tara Stanley completed her hat-trick three minutes later with yet another sensational drive. Not long after, Lumb completed her treble as she once again crossed in the corner. 

Tries from Shona Hoyle and a second for Georgia Roche took Castleford’s total to 96. The century was completed on the 79thminute mark when another 17-year-old, Esme Reynolds, finished a well-worked move in the corner. 

The victory for the Tigresses means they now face repeat of last year’s Challenge Cup final with Leeds Rhinos. Last time out it was the team in blue which claimed a narrow win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. With Castleford set to bring over 500 fans to Bolton, they will be hoping for redemption this time round. 

Ticket information will be released as soon as all the details have been confirmed by the RFL. 


1) TARA STANLEY (Moran Personal Training and Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)

23) ESME REYNOLDS (AeroCool) 

16) MAISIE LUMB (Spear Scaffolding Services)

31) FRANKIE TOWNEND (Lisa York and AFP Digital)

4) KELSEY GENTLES (Atkinsons Fencing and Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)

6) GEORGIA ROCHE (Reactive Installations, Met Life Insurance and Tracked Spider Solutions) 

7) CLAIRE GARNER (NT Killingley and David & Peter Walker) 

14) SAMMY WATTS (McTigue Funeral Directors and The Glass Blower)

9) SINEAD PEACH (PlayFair Garage and Riverside Signs & Designs) 

22) SAM JORDAN (Meadow Lodge Home Care Services)

8) EMMA LUMLEY (Chuldow Martial Arts)

68) SHONA HOYLE (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)

10) GRACE FIELD (Greywood Hall)

11) TAMZIN RENOUF (Anthony Higgins Transport)

17) KIRSTY HIGO (Ink Religion) 


44) EMMA SLOWE (Caroline Jackson)

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