Poor Start Costs Rhinos Big Against Tigers

Catleford were out for blood right from the get go, Briscoe was penalised for taking out James Clare in the air, the penalty would Castlford in great field position and they would take full advantage, Jamie Ellis going over under the sticks, Gale adding the extras after just 7 minutes. Clare would soon double his tally for the night, the Tigers opting to keep the ball alive and the winger going over in the corner, Gale on the mark with his kick leaving the score at 12-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Tigers onslaught would continue, Minikin would shake himself free of a would be tackler before giving the ball to Alex Foster for him to grab a try against his former side once more, Gale once more kicking the extras once more to give Castleford a 18-0 lead. Leeds almost had their first points of the game, Oledzki deemed to have knocked on over the line and the Rhinos only opportunity of the game would go begging. Catsleford however would not be so forgiving, Junior Moors on the end of a crash ball from Paul McShane to send him over and the Rhinos further behind, Gale keeping his 100% record intact to make the score 24-0 with 25 minutes gone.

The Rhinos would finally make the scoresheet, Myler's chip over collected by Watkins who would spin and get the ball to ground to ease the Rhinos so far miserable performance, Watkins unable to convert his own extras and the score remained at 24-4, shortly after Cas would take the 1 point to send them into the half with a 21 point cushion.. Tempers began to fray, a coming together of the players would see Leeds reduced to 12 men for 10 minutes as Brad Singleton was sent to the sin bin for the original offence.
Handley would bring Leeds back into the game, the first of a double for him, Watkins unable to add the extras and the Rhinos would trail by 25-10 with 30 minutes left on the clock, just minutes late Handley would grab his second of the game, an acrobatic finish from the winger as Leeds seemed to be making a comeback, Watkins adding the extras to make it a 16-25 ball game with 23 minutes left to play.

Singleton would return from the sin bin and almost atone for his time off the pitch, just being held up by an army of Castleford defenders, but Leeds would come again soon after and Kallum Watkins would grab his second of the game, to set up a very intense finish to the match, his effort from the boot just wide and the score now at 20-25 with 8 minutes to play. Castleford looked to have scored but upon review Ben Thaler handed down the decision of no try and the game was still anyones for the taking.

Ryan Hall looked to have put Leeds within touching distance, the decision handed upstairs for Ben Thaler to cast his eyes over, the big winger given the green light and all eyes now on KallumWatkins as with a minute on the clock he could win the game for the Rhinos but his attempt dragged wide, 24-25 with 2 minutes to play, Leeds unable to pull the scores level and the game finishes 24-25 to the Tigers in an absolute thriller.



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