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).
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.
16 Richie Myler: A rare off day after early ‘knock-on’ 5
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
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
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
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
19 Mikolaj Oledzki: Second game in four days took its toll 5
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
15 Jesse Sene-Lefao: Some outstanding defensive efforts 8
19 Daniel Smith: Limited impact 5
20 Junior Moors: Worked hard 6
27 Lewis Peachey
Referee: Tom Grant (Leeds) 6
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