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).

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 2:04 pm

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.

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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

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

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


27 Lewis Peachey

Referee: Tom Grant (Leeds) 6

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