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England  36-6  PNG  FT

Friday 8th September 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 5

38-24 FT

( 30-6 HT )

Attendance: 9,557

Official: J Smith

Venue: The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden, Ben Roberts 2, Jake Webster, Alex Foster, Greg Minikin,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 7,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Matt Parcell, Mitch Garbutt,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers extended their huge lead at the top of Betfred Super League following a comfortable 38-24 victory over second-placed rivals Leeds Rhinos at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Rhinos came into the match on the back of a seven-match losing streak to the Tigers, including a heavy 66-10 defeat in the corresponding fixture in March, but they started on the front foot with Kallum Watkins scoring to put themselves into an early lead.

However, it was one-way traffic after that as Castleford ran in 30 unanswered points as Greg Eden, Ben Roberts (2), Jake Webster and Alex Foster all crossed the whitewash to give the hosts a deserved 30-6 lead.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan crossed early in the second half to give the visitors a glimmer of hope before Greg Minikin dotted down for Castleford, while Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell and Mitch Garbutt touched down to round off the scoring as home half-back Luke Gale landed seven goals from as many attempts.

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "Clearly Castleford were just too good for us in the first half, and looking at them, with a couple of games to go, it's going to take an incredible team to stop them, and getting to the Grand Final and winning it."

Castleford boss Daryl Powell said: "I thought in the second half, we were really poor. I thought there was a period in the first half where we were outstanding, but I thought we played well for about 25 minutes.

"I thought we went home at half-time. I thought we did mentally and that isn't going to be good enough. Obviously, we won the game and we are happy with the two points but, yeah, not a great finish to the game."

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 80: TRY! scored for Leeds by Mitch Garbutt
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 65: TRY! scored for Leeds by Matt Parcell
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 48: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 45: TRY! scored for Leeds by Jamie Jones-Buchanan
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 37: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 31: TRY! scored for Castleford by Alex Foster
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 28: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jake Webster
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 24: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 13: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 6: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • Key Performers

    Ben Roberts

    Clean Breaks 3
    5 5

    Kallum Watkins

    Offloads 5
    2 2

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 6
    Leeds Rhinos 4

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 7
    Leeds Rhinos 4

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1207
    Leeds Rhinos 1093

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 180
    Leeds Rhinos 169

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 278
    Leeds Rhinos 342

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 10
    Leeds Rhinos 21

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 8
    Leeds Rhinos 5

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 8
    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
    Ben Roberts 2 0 11 2 1 7 1 12 115 9.58 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Foster 1 0 29 6 2 5 0 17 114 6.71 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Greg Eden 1 0 3 0 2 4 0 9 68 7.56 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 1 1 31 8 3 4 0 8 56 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Minikin 1 0 5 1 1 3 0 9 67 7.44 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Larne Patrick 0 0 11 4 2 1 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 1 14 3 1 1 0 15 66 4.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 14 3 3 0 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 22 3 7 2 1 13 67 5.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 23 6 7 3 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 24 8 3 4 0 14 117 8.36 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 13 3 2 0 1 12 63 5.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 35 9 2 1 1 4 25 6.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Nathan Massey 0 0 14 4 3 1 0 11 56 5.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 1 8 0 4 3 7 7 47 6.71 0 0 1 0 7 0 1 2
    Michael Shenton 0 0 14 3 2 3 2 10 58 5.80 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Zak Hardaker 0 2 7 2 2 4 0 11 107 9.73 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matt Parcell 1 1 42 8 1 1 0 6 44 7.33 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kallum Watkins 1 0 24 4 5 9 0 17 93 5.47 1 0 2 0 4 0 5 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 1 0 43 7 2 9 0 17 132 7.76 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 1 0 33 9 4 6 0 10 75 7.50 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Lilley 0 0 6 1 2 0 1 3 14 4.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 39 9 4 1 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 4 0 1 4 1 19 135 7.11 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 1
    Danny McGuire 0 1 10 0 4 1 7 9 49 5.44 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 11 1 5 5 0 13 99 7.62 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 5 0 2 3 1 11 61 5.55 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 5 0 2 5 1 14 84 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Stevie Ward 0 0 39 10 7 0 1 8 39 4.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 27 5 2 3 0 15 89 5.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Ash Golding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 26 5 2 0 0 7 39 5.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 9 2 2 0 0 6 32 5.33 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 19 3 1 0 0 6 51 8.50 0 0 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