Castleford Tigers 29-18 Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 21st May 2017
KO: 17:30 - Round: 14

29-18 FT

HT: 6 6

Official: P Bentham

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Luke Gale, Greg Eden 3, Tom Holmes,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Luke Gale,

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Liam Sutcliffe,

  • Goals
    Liam Sutcliffe 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Greg Eden scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford Tigers moved two points clear at the top of Betfred Super League with a 29-18 victory over Leeds Rhinos. 

In the final match of the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle, the in-form winger took his try tally to 18 for the season with three touchdowns in 16 second-half minutes. 

The scores were locked at 6-6 at half-time after a Kallum Watkins effort and a Liam Sutcliffe penalty for Leeds cancelled out Luke Gale's converted try. 

But Daryl Powell's side scored four tries at the start of the second half to ensure they moved clear of second-placed Salford Red Devils. 

Eden scored twice in as many minutes, the second from a stunning Michael Shenton pass from behind his back, and then completed his treble in the corner after Tom Holmes had raced 90 metres for a superb four-pointer. 

Joel Moon and Sutcliffe touched down late on, either side of a Gale drop goal, as Leeds produced an improved performance to the one that saw them hammered 66-10 by Cas in March. 

Powell said: "I thought it was a great game for us. The boys were quiet at half-time, you can see when players are in a really difficult game because they're quiet at half-time and they're just trying to collect their thoughts. We just needed a bit more composure.

"Overall it was a perfect game for us, being really challenged and having to dig our way out of a really tough game but still being able to play the way we want to."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "It was a great contest and we stuck with Castleford (in the first half).

"But just after half-time we lacked concentration, lacked composure and flaked out a little bit unfortunately, both with some defensive errors and with the ball there were too many errors. That was a flaky moment, it's not normally us.

"They're a good team and taking it all into account I thought we were in the fight. We were good value and to come back at the end and keep challenging them and breaking them down...Castleford are a good team but after that I think we're a good team as well."

  • 78: TRY! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 78: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 73: Goal scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 67: TRY! scored for Leeds by Joel Moon
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 64: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 57: TRY! scored for Castleford by Tom Holmes
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 50: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 48: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 15: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 4: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Michael Shenton

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Greg Eden

    Tries: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 5
    Leeds Rhinos 3

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 4
    Leeds Rhinos 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 20 129 6.45 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 29 9 1 1 0 15 127 8.47 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 24 6 0 0 0 17 122 7.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 12 0 0 2 0 14 120 8.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 3 11 6 1 5 1 15 114 7.60 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Holmes 1 0 24 5 2 2 0 3 109 36.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 5 2 0 0 1 13 90 6.92 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 19 3 0 1 1 12 80 6.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 27 6 1 0 0 9 79 8.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 17 5 1 1 0 9 73 8.11 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 0 26 4 0 1 1 8 68 8.50 0 7 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 41 6 1 1 0 8 67 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Greg Eden 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 8 66 8.25 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 32 6 2 0 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 21 5 0 0 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Gale 1 0 18 2 1 2 9 8 42 5.25 1 0 2 0 4 1 0 2
    Alex Foster 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 2 11 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 43 8 3 0 0 19 145 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 15 140 9.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 22 1 0 0 0 16 127 7.94 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Stevie Ward 0 1 37 9 2 0 1 14 97 6.93 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kallum Watkins 1 1 20 2 4 1 0 13 82 6.31 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 1 0 13 0 0 2 0 11 80 7.27 0 2 0 0 3 1 1 0
    Joel Moon 1 0 19 4 0 2 2 7 77 11.00 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 24 8 3 0 0 9 76 8.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 39 6 0 1 0 9 70 7.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ash Golding 0 0 8 0 1 2 0 13 67 5.15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Brad Singleton 0 0 25 6 2 0 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ash Handley 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 8 58 7.25 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 5 43 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny McGuire 0 1 16 0 1 0 6 3 27 9.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matt Parcell 0 0 49 11 0 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Rob Burrow 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 9 9.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 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