Leeds Rhinos 8-30 Castleford Tigers

Thursday 16th May 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 15

8-30 FT

HT: 2 12

Attendance: 13,286

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Matt Parcell,

  • Goals
    Liam Sutcliffe (2),

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Jesse Sene-Lefao (2), Greg Eden, James Clare, Jacob Trueman,

  • Goals
    Peter Mata'utia (5),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions with a 30-8 victory over struggling Leeds Rhinos at new-look Emerald Headingley.

Jesse Sene-Lefao scored two tries to lift the Tigers to third in the Betfred Super League table, ruining the Rhinos' grand opening of their new stand. 

Liam Sutcliffe put Leeds, looking to respond to their shock Coral Challenge Cup defeat to Bradford Bulls, ahead with a penalty in the 14th minute.

But Sene-Lefao powered his way over and, after Kallum Watkins was sin-binned, Greg Eden scored in the corner following a lofted pass from Jake Trueman.

Sene-Lefao then went over again five minutes after half-time to make it 18-2 and, although Leeds responded through Matt Parcell, James Clare and Trueman both crossed to seal the win for the Tigers.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “We’d lost four games on the spin so I was a bit nervous tonight but I thought we played some great stuff in the second half.

“There were two teams who really needed a win and thankfully we were good enough to get away from them in the second half.

“I still think we can improve massively but there were some positive signs and we’re getting a few players back which is always handy."

Interim Leeds coach Richard Agar said: “It’s probably important to point out that there are people within the group who want to do something about it and care about it.

“We asked for an improved effort and I thought we got that in some areas but a lack of quality in other areas is hurting us badly.

“The resilience in defence is just not good enough in terms of staying in the game and our kicking game was way off so we spent a lot of time defending in our own half.”

  • 66: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 65: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 59: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 52: TRY! scored for Leeds by Matt Parcell
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 45: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jesse Sene-Lefao
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 27: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 18: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jesse Sene-Lefao
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles: 56

    Greg Eden

    Metres: 166

    Cameron Smith

    Tackles: 53

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Rhinos 1
    Tigers 5

    Goals:

    Rhinos 2
    Tigers 5

    METRES:

    Rhinos 1336
    Tigers 1430

    CARRIES:

    Rhinos 184
    Tigers 189

    TACKLES:

    Rhinos 396
    Tigers 352

    OFFLOADS:

    Rhinos 13
    Tigers 9

    PENALTIES:

    Rhinos 8
    Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Rhinos 4
    Tigers 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ash Handley 0 0 2 0 2 8 1 19 136 7.16 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Harry Newman 0 0 17 0 0 9 0 16 135 8.44 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 10 0 5 4 0 15 126 8.40 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Trent Merrin 0 0 40 4 2 3 0 18 117 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 26 4 0 4 0 14 114 8.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 12 1 2 7 0 15 112 7.47 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
    Cameron Smith 0 0 53 10 4 3 1 15 100 6.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Ava Seumanufagai 0 0 23 3 0 3 0 9 81 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 26 3 5 0 0 9 76 8.44 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 1
    James Donaldson 0 0 34 3 3 1 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 1 0 34 8 0 6 0 8 57 7.13 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 31 5 1 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 43 10 2 0 0 10 53 5.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Callum McLelland 0 0 11 1 2 3 3 8 50 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 16 2 5 0 1 3 26 8.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tuimoala Lolohea 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 20 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 1 18 4 6 2 3 4 12 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Eden 1 1 1 0 2 5 0 19 166 8.74 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Cheyse Blair 0 0 9 0 0 5 0 18 146 8.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 33 7 6 2 0 16 144 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    James Clare 1 0 6 1 1 0 0 16 126 7.88 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 12 2 7 4 0 16 123 7.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 2 0 20 4 4 4 0 13 106 8.15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 22 3 2 1 0 13 99 7.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 4 0 3 8 0 16 91 5.69 1 1 1 0 5 0 3 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 20 3 2 0 0 8 76 9.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 47 9 6 2 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jake Trueman 1 2 23 1 2 1 6 9 67 7.44 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 36 6 6 0 0 10 66 6.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Grant Millington 0 0 27 8 1 4 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 10 4 5 0 0 5 36 7.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 9 0 2 3 2 3 26 8.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Cory Aston 0 0 17 1 1 0 1 5 17 3.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 56 9 4 0 3 3 9 3.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties