Tigresses pass final test before Bolton

Posted: Monday 22nd July 2019 - 1:34 AM

Castleford Tigers Women 54-8 Wakefield Trinity

Castleford Tries: Frankie Townend (3), Lacey Owen (2), Esme Reynolds (2), Jasmine Cudjoe (2), Sammy Watts, Grace Field 

Castleford Goals: Claire Garner (4)

Wakefield Tries: Tara Moxon, Maddie Hirst 

Venue: Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Frankie Townend returned to haunt our West Yorkshire rivals as her second hat-trick in two games against Wakefield helped the Tigresses to their seventh straight league win. 

However, things certainly didn’t start the way Lindsay Anfield’s side had planned. Inside the opening five minutes, Tara Moxon powered over the whitewash as the visitors took an unexpected 4-0 lead. 

With thousands of fans still in the ground following Castleford’s huge win over Warrington, the pressure was immense on the women to turn things around and maintain their unbeaten run.

They soon had an answer to Wakefield’s opener as Townend produced a sensational individual effort and crossed for her first of the game. 

Things quickly got better for the Tigresses as Jasmine Cudjoe and Lacey Owen stamped their names onto the scoresheet. This was Owen’s first appearance in six games after missing out through an ankle injury. For Cudjoe, meanwhile, this was her first game in over a year. 

With 20 minutes on the clock, Esme Reynolds finished off a well worked move down the left wing. This put the Tigresses 20-4 in-front. 

The home side were on a roll and Townend continued that momentum. The player stole the ball and dashed over 40 meters to score for a second time. 

Just moments later, Grace Field showed incredible strength as she powered through the heart of Wakefield’s defence to get over the whitewash. 

Despite resting a number of first team players, Castleford were no less dangerous than they were two weeks ago in that Cup semi-final. Owen certainly proved that when she finished off a huge 50 meter drive from Cudjoe. Her effort made it 36-4.

Maddie Hirst gave Wakefield hope with an effort just before the interval however, any chance of a comeback was soon dashed as Townend completed her first-half hat-trick. 

Sammy Watts further pulled Castleford ahead with a powerful drive under the sticks. This was quickly followed by yet another try for the Tigresses, this time courtesy of Esme Reynolds. 

With 60 minutes on the clock, Castleford were up 50-8 and on course for a big victory. However, Wakefield showed great resilience and defended well as they kept the door shut for a large spell. 

Just before the final whistle though, the hosts did get over one final time as Jasmine Cudjoe sealed an impressive 54-8 win. 

Next up for the Tigresses is a huge Challenge Cup final with Leeds Rhinos at the University of Bolton stadium on Saturday, the 27th of July.  

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