Teenage half-back Jake Trueman was the hero for Castleford Tigers as they condemned Leeds Rhinos to a 42-10 derby defeat in their first match under their new coaching team of Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes.
The Rhinos led 10-4 after 17 minutes thanks to two tries from winger Tom Briscoe but trailed 16-10 at the break and the impressive Trueman sealed their fate with two solo tries in the second half as the Tigers scored 38 unanswered points.
An 11th win from their last 12 derbies lifts lifts the Tigers above Warrington Wolves into third place in Betfred Super League, while an eighth successive defeat keeps Leeds in the bottom four.
Indeed, with Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons, the two teams immediately above them, both winning over the weekend and Hull KR below them moving to within two points, the reigning champions face a nervous end to the regular season as they seek to avoid a place in the Qualifiers 8s.
Sinfield says he now appreciates the size of his task after his first game in charge.
Kevin Sinfield disappointed with his side’s 42-10 defeat at Cas but says “now I know exactly where we’re at” pic.twitter.com/cIwM8O8j12— Ian Laybourn (@ILaybourn) July 8, 2018
"I have enjoyed last two days," Sinfield said. "I didn't enjoy the last 80 minutes if I'm honest but I've got the full picture now, I know exactly where we're at.
"Previously I've been looking at it as an outsider, now I'm in the middle and I'm right in there with them.
"We started to change some small things over the last couple of days and we'll continue to do that."
🎥 | Tigers Coach Daryl Powell was left impressed by his sides 42-10 win over Leeds Rhinos.— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) July 8, 2018
In particular, Powell praised young half back Jake Trueman, who came away with two tries and two try assists for the Tigers!
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Castleford's third win of the season over their neighbours lifts them up to third place in the table, to the delight of coach Daryl Powell.
"Leading up to game it was all about Leeds and what happened there," Powell said. "We had to focus on us and make sure the story tomorrow was about us.
"The conditions were really awkward - it was pretty hot - and we were 10-4 down. It took a lot of composure from the boys to get us out of it but I thought in the second half we were very good."