Leeds Rhinos 28, Castleford Tigers 24 - player marks and ratings for both sides from hard-fought West Yorkshire derby

Three late tries earned Leeds Rhinos a scrappy win over Castleford Tigers in their first meeting of the season yesterday (Monday).
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Three late tries earned Leeds Rhinos a scrappy win over Castleford Tigers in their first meeting of the season.

Tigers had Oliver Holmes sent-off in the first half, but led until 11 minutes from time, on the back of a huge defensive effort.

Here's how both teams rated.

Ava Seumanufagai takes on the Castleford Tigers defence. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.Ava Seumanufagai takes on the Castleford Tigers defence. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Ava Seumanufagai takes on the Castleford Tigers defence. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Leeds Rhinos

16 Richie Myler: A rare off day after early ‘knock-on’ 5

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2 Tom Briscoe: Got involved and scored a crucial try, but few other opportunities 6

4 Konrad Hurrell: The post is still rattling from his big hit, he ran hard all night 7

15 Liam Sutcliffe: Some solid hits and scored an important try 6

5 Ash Handley: Unusually, didn’t score and had no real chances 6

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6 Rob Lui: Had some effective moments when he moved the ball wide 6

7 Luke Gale: Enjoyed his try, but not at the top of his game 6

10 Matt Prior: Worked hard, but felt the pace 6

9 Kruise Leeming: Solid effort without setting the game alight 6

8 Ava Seumanufagai: Leeds’ best, first try scorer and led the pack well 7

11 Alex Mellor: Looked weary, but worked hard 6

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12 Rhyse Martin: Important conversions and took his try in style 6

20 Bodene Thompson: A big effort again, earning a contract for 2021 perhaps 7

Subs

14 Brad Dwyer: Raised the tempo when he came on in the second half 6

22 Cameron Smith: Had a nightmare with his kick on half-time 5

25 James Donaldson: Never seemed to get going 5

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19 Mikolaj Oledzki: Second game in four days took its toll 5

Castleford Tigers

34 Gareth O’Brien: Safe, solid effort at the back 6

2 Derrell Olpherts: Made some costly errors 5

21 James Clare: No chances, but steady performance 6

18 Cheyse Blair: Never really in the game 5

25 Greg Eden: Two good tries, particularly his quick thinking for the first 8

6 Jake Trueman: Looked a little rusty, but welcome return 7

7 Danny Richardson: Had some good moments, especially early on 7

8 Liam Watts: Reacted well for Tigers’ first try 6

9 Paul McShane: Kept Cas ticking when a man down 8

24 Brad Hepi: Nothing spectacular, but did okay 6

17 Alex Foster: Got stuck in 6

12 Mike McMeeken: Some errors, but strong defensively 7

11 Oliver Holmes: Petulance was costly for him and the team 4

Used Subs

15 Jesse Sene-Lefao: Some outstanding defensive efforts 8

19 Daniel Smith: Limited impact 5

20 Junior Moors: Worked hard 6

Unused

27 Lewis Peachey

Referee: Tom Grant (Leeds) 6

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