Back with a bang!

Posted: Wednesday 7th August 2019 - 12:42 PM


Olivia Grace, Tara Stanley and Rhiannion Marshall all grabbed two tries each as the Tigresses put their Challenge Cup final heartbreak firmly behind them. 

Georgia Roche scored the opener after 12 minutes. The Woman of Steel opened up Bradford’s defence with a clever dummy before crashing under the posts. 

One thing the cup final defeat did was take the fear factor away from the Tigresses. That quickly became evident as Bradford responded just moments after going behind. 

Chloe Wainwright Morley sent a great kick into Castleford’s half. The home side failed to take control of the ball which allowed Sarah Dunn to pounce and power across the whitewash. 

The Tigresses were keen to hit back and they did on the 20thminute mark courtesy of Stanley. The England international was at the centre of criticism following a weak cup final outing however, the full back did well to finish in the corner. 

Once again though, Bradford came back strong. Another kick from Wainwright Morley wasn’t dealt with by the hosts which allowed Amy Hardcastle to grab possession and touch down. A successful conversion from Leah Jones saw the Bulls take a surprise 12-10 lead. 

However, that was as good as things got for the visitors. Ten minutes later Marshall scored the first of her two tries as her powerful solo drive saw the loose forward crash over the try line. 

Not long later, Stanley soon had her second. The full-back proved that she was back to her best as she beat four Bradford defenders, drove straight through three more Bulls players, and finally touched down under the sticks. 

Nevertheless, perhaps the pick of the tires came three minutes later when Kelsey Gentles powered over 50 meters from dummy half to score a beautiful individual effort. 

Towards the end of the first half, things went from bad to worse for Bradford as Debbie Smith saw a red card for dissent. 

It didn’t take long for Cas to take advantage of the extra player as Olivia Grace found the whitewash early on in the second half. Sinead Peach then added more points with another Castleford finish under the posts. 

Bradford did score through Sarah Dunn however, that was their only positive moment in a second half largely dominated by the Tigers. 

Marshall added a second to her name on the 65thminute mark before a second try for Grace sealed a convincing 50-16 victory.

Next up for Castleford is a huge clash against the reigning Super League champions Wigan Warriors. Following their shock defeat to Featherstone, the defending title holders will no doubt look for improvement next Sunday at the Jungle. 

 

Castleford Tigers

1. Tara Stanley 

5. Courtney Pointon 

12. Lacey Owen 

15. Olivia Grace 

4. Kelsey Gentles 

6. Georgia Roche 

31. Jasmine Cudjoe 

17. Kirsty Higo

9. Sinead Peach 

68. Shona Hoyle 

11. Tamzin Renouf 

28. Hollie Dodd 

13. Rhiannion Marshall 

14. Sammy Watts 

19. Jasmine Rowley 

24. Lucy Eastwood 

44. Emma Slowe 

 

Tries: Georgia Roche (12), Tara Stanley (21, 37), Rhiannion Marshall (32, 65), Kelsey Gentles (39), Olivia Grace (44, 73), Sinead Peach (48)

Goals: Tara Stanley 7/9

 

Bradford Bulls

1. Leah Jones

20. Bailey Alexander

5. Savannah Andrade

17. Sarah Dunn

16. Hayley Hields

13. Millie Taylor

22. Chloe Wainwright Morley

11. Olivia Wood

9. Grace Ramsden

12. Paige Costello

4. Amy Hardcastle

18. Jess Harrap

3. Manina Spurr

8. Lauren Hickey

10. Debbie Smith

14. Amy Boardman

15. Heather McDonald

 

Tries: Sarah Dunn (17, 52), Amy Hardcastle (25)

Goals: Leah Jones 2/3

Sinbin: Debbie Smith (38 – Dissent)

Dismissal: Debbie Smith (38 – Continued Dissent) 

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