Castleford avenge cup heartbreak
Posted: Monday 19th August 2019 - 12:00 AM
Castleford Tigers Women came back from behind to produce a memorable win against Leeds at Headingley.
For many, the 36-26 victory was seen as sweet revenge following Castleford’s heart-breaking Challenge Cup Final defeat at Bolton.
Head coach Lindsay Anfield spoke after the game and revealed that tough conversation took place with certain individuals following the final.
She said: “At half time it was pretty nerve wracking – we didn’t want a repeat of the cup final. We had a few words and we made sure that they upped their game. I think to come out and play like they played shows a lot of mental strength.
“After the final we had some difficult conversation with some of the players and it was their opportunity to step up or step aside and let somebody else to play on the big stage.”
Leeds took the lead after just four minutes when Charlotte Booth powered across in the right corner. Courtney Hill’s touchline conversion went over to give the Rhinos an early 6-0 advantage.
Lucy Eastwood hit back for the Tigresses on the ninth minute mark. A powerful run from Shona Hoyle ended with the forward producing a superb off load to a supporting Eastwood who completed the job and got over for the try.
Leeds regained their lead courtesy of Madison Laverick. The Rhinos shipped the ball out wide from the scrum and Laverick made the most of Castleford’s lack of numbers down the right.
Her effort was also well converted by Hill as Adam Cuthbertson’s side extended their lead to 12-4.
Castleford increased their work rate but failed to take advantage of some great openings. This was the case until the half hour mark when Shona Hoyle finally found the breakthrough. A successful conversion from Tara Stanley saw the Tigers trail by two points.
Five minutes later, Rhiannion Marshall moved the visitors ahead for the first time in the contest. The loose forward drove straight through three Leeds defenders and managed to ground the ball to make it 12-14.
However, with seconds remaining until the interval, the ever consistent Courtney Hill exposed a gap in the Tigers defence and scored to put the hosts back in front.
Unfortunately for Leeds, the late Rhinos effort just seemed to spur the visitors on even more. When both teams returned, the Tigers scored three tries in a short space of 12 minutes.
Young winger Maisie Lumb landed the first big blow of the second half. A powerful run from Marshall put Leeds on the back foot and a quick off load to the 17-year-old allowed her to touch down in the corner.
Woman of Steel, Georgia Roche, made her mark just moments later. Roche spotted a gap in the Rhinos back line and made the most of the opportunity to make it 22-18.
With 52 minutes gone, Lumb was at it again. Tara Stanley shipped the ball out wide to the winger who was able to finish in the corner.
Hill soon cut that to four as she caught the Tigers defence napping and burst through the centre to score.
Marshall and Lacey Owen then added two further tries for the Tigresses which clinched the win.
Next up for Castleford is the visit of local rivals Featherstone Rovers. The two teams will play at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday the 1stof September.
1. Caitilin Beevers
24. Fran Goldthorpe
16. Chloe Kerrigan
15. Sophie Nuttall
5. Madison Laverick
17. Shannon Lacey
7. Courtney Hill
10. Dannielle Anderson
14. Tasha Gaines
13. Amy Johnson
11. Aimee Staveley
4. Charlotte Booth
19. Elle Frain
8. Danika Priim
27. Keara Bennett
22. Ellie Oldroyd
28. Ness Harriman
Tries: Charlotte Booth (4), Madison Laverick (18), Courtney Hill (39, 58), Elle Frain (74)
Goals: Courtney Hill 3/5
1. Tara Stanley (Moran Personal Training & Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
5. Courtney Pointon (Aysgarth Falls Hotel)
16.Maisie Lumb (Spear Scaffolding Services)
12. Lacey Owen (Melanie Allatt Photography)
4. Kelsey Gentles (Atkinsons Fencing & Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
6. Georgia Roche (Reactive Installations, MetLife Insurance & Tracked Spider Solutions)
24. Lucy Eastwood (Donna and Paul Hampton)
8. Emma Lumley (Chuldow Martial Arts)
33. Jasmine Cudjoe (Available To Sponsor)
10. Grace Field (Greywood Hall)
28. Hollie Dodd (Anthony Varley – BSM Driving Instructor and D&M Family Butchers)
68. Shona Hoyle (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
13. Rhiannion Marshall (Marra Falcons and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
17. Kirsty Higo (Ink Religion)
14. Sammy Watts (McTigue Funeral Directors & The Glass Blower)
44. Emma Slowe (Caroline Jackson)
7. Claire Garner (NT Killingley and Peter & David Walker)
Tries: Lucy Eastwood (9), Shona Hoyle (30), Rhiannion Marshall (35, 63), Maisie Lumb (42, 52), Gerogia Roche (49), Lacey Owen (71)
Goals: Tara Stanley 1/5, Claire Garner 1/3
Referee: Neil Horton
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