8th September 2019, 17:10 | womens_super_league
Castleford made it twelve from twelve with another Betfred Women’s Super League win, edging them ever closer to the league leader’s shield, as the other play-off contenders played out draws on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers completed another dominant win to maintain their 100% league record, making it twelve straight wins. It was far from a typical Castleford performance, but a convincing one nether the less.
Castleford scored seven tries on the day with different scorers each time. Grace Field, Esme Reynolds, Frankie Townend, Georgia Roche and debutant Jade Chambers all crossed in the first half as the Tigers sauntered to a 24-0 lead at half time.
A good defensive effort in the second half from Wakefield saw Trinity hold firm against a Castleford side who are usually resilient in the final forty. Maisie Lumb and the ever-reliable Kelsey Gentles went over, with a consolation Wakefield try coming from Amy Brinkley to confirm the 36-4 victory for Castleford.
It was the battle of second versus third as St Helens hosted Leeds Rhinos at Ruskin Park. Saints got the first points on the board through a Faye Gaskin penalty before Fran Goldthorp made it 4-2 to Leeds.
Caitlin Beevers was next over the whitewash for the Rhinos, but efforts from Rebecca Avenell and Paige Travis for Saints drew it level at 10-10 at half-time.
Two converted tries each in the second half made for a hard-fought draw. Caitlin Beevers and Courtney Hill the scorers for Leeds, with Jodie Cunningham and Ellie Parker crossing for St Helens to confirm a 20-20 stalemate.
It was also a case of spoils shared at the Robin Park Arena, as Bradford held Wigan to a draw to keep their play-off hopes alive with two games to go. Hannah Donald and Amy Hardcastle crossed for the Bulls in the first half, with Leah Darbyshire and Hayley Martinus scoring for Wigan to send the sides in at 10-10.
The final forty was a similar tale, with end-to-end action resulting in two tries for either team. Charlotte Foley went over for the Warriors with Hannah Donald and Savannah Andrade pulling two back for the Bulls, a late effort from Emily Baggaley reduced the deficit to result in the second 20-20 score of the round.
The final match saw York City Knights Ladies host Featherstone Rovers. Ellie Hendry scored a fabulous 80m effort for the home side, but the moment of magic was overshadowed as Featherstone managed four tries to York’s two to take the 26-16 result.
Wakefield Trinity 4-36 Castleford Tigers
St Helens 20-20 Leeds Rhinos
Wigan Warriors 20-20 Bradford Bulls
York City Knights 16-26 Featherstone Rovers