Cas are flying!
Posted: Monday 2nd September 2019 - 9:00 AM
Castleford Tigers Women put on a ruthless display as they demolished their local rivals Featherstone Rovers 74 points to 8.
The Tigresses averaged a try every five and a half minutes as they tore through an injury hit Rovers side.
Kelsey Gentles, Rhiannion Marshall and the ‘PlayFair Garage’ Player of the Match Georgia Roche all scored hat-tricks in what proved to be yet another clinical performance from Lindsay Anfield’s side.
Gentles opened the scoring inside the first minute. Frankie Townend opened up Featherstone’s defence with a strong run before handing off the ball to Hollie Dodd. The 16-year-old then found Gentles on the right wing who comfortably finished in the corner.
No more than a couple of minutes later, it was Lucy Eastwood’s turn to get amongst the tries. Georgia Roche produced a clever chip into Featherstone’s goal line area. Eastwood was there to palm the ball down and give her side an early 8-0 lead.
Featherstone seemed shell shocked and their defence was unable to deal with the threat for the third consecutive set as Gentles grabbed her second try on the ninth minute mark.
Things were quickly spiraling out of control for the visitors who conceded a fourth try as the clock hit 15 minutes. Maisie Lumb surged down the right and finished strong in the corner.
Over the next ten minutes it seemed like Castleford had taken their foot off the gas. For the first time in this contest, the visitors completed a set and finally began to show some attacking intent.
Unfortunately for Rovers, it was only a matter of time before the Tigresses stepped into another gear.
One player in particular found that added edge as Rhiannion Marshall managed to score a four minute brace.
Marshall’s first effort was all about individual brilliance. The loose forward broke through Featherstone’s defence and powered over the whitewash. Her second try came as a result of her support play. Jasmine Cudjoe produced a superb run and managed to release Marshall down the middle.
The Tigers were now 28-0 up and seemed on course for yet another big victory. However, it was at this point where Featherstone began to really find their feet.
For the next ten minutes, Jonny Payne’s side came up with a number of good try scoring opportunities. Despite this, they were unable to convert them into points.
As the clock neared the half time interval, Castleford defused any sort of momentum built up by the visitors as Georgia Roche capped off a hugely impressive first half with her first effort of the afternoon.
The second period began similarly to the first – with an early Castleford try. Marshall completed her hat-trick before fans could even get back in their seats. Moments later, Gentles completed her treble to make it 44-0.
Eventually the visitors did manage to get some points. After numerous efforts, Cairo Newby found the tryline.
However, their celebrations didn’t last long. Tries from Grace Field, Georgia Roche, Maisie Lumb and a first for Jasmine Cudjoe further expanded the Tigers’ lead.
Former Castleford player Katie Hepworth gave Featherstone their second try of the game but that just seemed to spur the hosts on even further Cudjoe and Roche added two more efforts.
This 74-8 win not only keeps Castleford top of the table but it also improves their points difference. This could prove crucial in what is a very close fight for the League Leaders Shield.
7. Chelsea Senior
23. Chloe Reynolds
11. Brogan Kennedy
4. Mia Churm
2. Grace Dyke
6. Katie Hepworth
13. Andrea Dobson
17. Paige Stevens
9. Charley Blackburn
8. Brogan Churm
24. Tilly Churm
12. Nat Harrowell
25. Zoe Teece
20. Sarah Barford
15. Helen Teasdale
21. Cairo Newby
10. Chloe Brown
Tries: Cairo Newby (47), Katie Hepworth (74)
Goals: Katie Hepworth 0/2
6. Georgia Roche(Reactive Installations, MetLife Insurance & Tracked Spider Solutions)
16.MaisieLumb(Spear Scaffolding Services)
24. Lucy Eastwood(Donna and Paul Hampton)
28. Hollie Dodd(Anthony Varley – BSM Driving Instructor and D&M Family Butchers)
4. Kelsey Gentles(Atkinsons Fencing & Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
31. Frankie Townend(Lisa York and AFP Digital)
7. Claire Garner (NT Killingleyand Peter & David Walker)
14. Sammy Watts(McTigueFuneral Directors & The Glass Blower)
33. Jasmine Cudjoe(Peter & David Walker)
10. Grace Field (Greywood Hall)
8. Emma Lumley (ChuldowMartial Arts)
68. Shona Hoyle(Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
13. RhiannionMarshall (MarraFalcons and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
17. Kirsty Higo (Ink Religion)
22. Sam Jordan (Meadow Lodge Home Care Services)
23. Esme Reynolds (AeroCool)
19. Jasmine Rowley (Salon VIP)
Tries: Kelsey Gentles (1,8, 44), Lucy Eastwood (5), Maisie Lumb (15, 62), Rhiannion Marshall (25, 29, 42), Georgia Roche (39, 57, 80), Grace Field (53), Jasmine Cudjoe (66, 79)
Goals: Claire Garner 1/4, Georgia Roche 6/9, Rhiannion Marshall 0/1
Referee: Scott Fernandez
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