Castleford lift League Leaders Shield
Posted: Wednesday 18th September 2019 - 10:39 AM
A 44-0 victory over York City Knights sealed a first major title for the Tigresses.
By Andrea Mena
Tries from Millie Walsh, Tamzin Renouf, a double from Tara Stanley as well as Lacey Owen and a hat trick from Rhiannon Marshall secured the teams 13th straight win in the league.
The visitors started the game brightly pushing deep into Castleford territory. York managed to break through in the early stages before being chased down by the black and amber defence.
It took just four minutes for Castleford to open the scoring with full back Tara Stanley sliding underneath the posts after a beautiful offload by Rhiannon Marshall. Stanley converted her own try to make it 6-0 to the league leaders.
Cutsyke Raidettes loanee Millie Walsh then added her name to the scoresheet just five minutes later; this was the youngsters first ever try in Castleford colours.
The Tigers continued to apply pressure on York City's defence and it didn't take long before the hosts were through again. This time it was Lacey Owen who marked her return with a fine finish in the corner to make it 14-0.
It was a physical affair under the lights at the Jungle, as both teams attempted to rip the ball from each other a handful of times in the middle in the park.
But once again Lindsay Anfield’s side proved why they have been so dominant this season, as Tara Stanley found an opportunity out of nowhere ten meters out. The full back struggled to control Claire Garner's pass however, last years Woman of Steel nominee recovered well and showed incredible footwork as she weaved past York's defence to score her second try.
A total of 1,303 fans watched on as Lacey Owen powered across the whitewash for a second time. The youngster gathered a bouncing kick from captain Claire Garner to put the hosts on a clear path towards their first ever major title. Stanley successfuly converted to give the Tigresses a 26-0 lead going into the break.
Cas got the gears going again early in the second half with Kelsey Gentles driving past a sea of York defenders. The 20-year-old nearly got away for the try line however, the visitors were intent on stopping the top try scorer.
After a few missed chances, the Tigresses finally got their first points of the second half courtesy of Rhiannon Marshall. After a flurry of passes, the loose forward darted for the line to make it 30-0.
Just ten minutes later, Marshall gathered the ball again and crashed over the whitewash to get her second try of the half. Claire Garner sloted a successful conversion to increase the Tigresses lead to 36-0.
Marshall completed her hat-trick five minutes from time to round off a spectacular second-half display.
In the final minutes Tamzin Renouf gatherd the final points for the Tigresses to give them a 44-0 victory and claim the League Leaders Shield! The win means the Tigresses will face Wigan Warriors in the Super League semi finals on Sunday the 6th of October at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle!
Castleford have one more game of the regular season against St Helens in two weeks time.
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