Castleford Tigers Under 19's maul the Rhinos

Posted: Monday 23rd February 2015 - 12:03 PM

Castleford Tigers came back from 14-0 down after a slow start. Leading the way was Kieran Gill, who scored four tries in the game. Early tries from Wray, Handley and Milton gave Leeds the lead and it looked like it was going to be a tough day for the Tigers.

Coach, Ryan Sheridan, changed his team around moving Gill out into the centre, after he started the game at halfback, while Jordan Howden moved into the playmaking role. This seemed to spark life into Castleford as great interchange play between Gill and Tom Holmes set the former free to race away into the corner for the Tigers first points of the game.

Tempers flared in this local rivalry game. As a fight forced the referee to sin bin Castleford’s Brandon Westerman and Leeds’ Minchella. Being down to 12 men did not seem to bother Castleford as a lovely cross field kick from Holmes, again, found Gill who out jumped the Rhinos defenders.

Gill completed his hat trick on the stroke of half time, after Brad Cable gathered a Leeds knock on and passed the ball wide to Gill, who again streaked down the sideline to score in the corner  This gave Castleford the lead at half time as they lead 18-14.

Early ill discipline quickly cancelled out that lead in the second half. After a penalty gave Leeds good field position they capitalised with Norfolk diving over from dummy half. However, it was not long before Castleford were back in front. After strong running from Cable, Brandon Moore saw a late retreating Leeds defender and saw his opportunity to strike out of dummy half. The hooker stretched out and just put the ball down on the try line. Leeds then tried to gain the ball back from a short kick off but instead the ball was gathered by Gill, who then broke through the defensive line and stepped inside the fullback to score his fourth try under the posts.

Holmes then got on the score sheet after great work from Will Maher. The big forward offloaded to Holmes who slashed through the Leeds defence and sprinted under the posts. Two tries late on for Leeds saw them pull within eight points with a few minutes left but the Tigers sealed a great win when Connor Hughes powered over in the corner to complete a great victory for Castleford.

Tigers: Robson, Hughes, Blockley, Howden, Calam, Gill, Holmes, Douglas, Moore, Maher, Westerman, Cooke, Cable SUBS: Ineson, Pickup, Morland, Holmes

Tigers Try Scorers: Gill (4), Holmes, Moore, Hughes

Tigers Conversions: Robson (6/7)


Rhinos: Brown, Handley, Brierley, Norfolk, Jones, Sanderson, Wray, Frankland, Ward, Milton, Barker, Flynn, Minchella SUBS: McDermott, Holmes, While, Sunderland

Rhinos Try Scorers: Wray, Handley, Milton, Norfolk, Jones, Ward

Rhinos Conversions: Sanderson (2/6) 


* Photograph courtesy of Matthew Merrick Photography

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