LEEDS RHINOS under-19s led 14-0 at Castleford Tigers before collapsing to a 40-28 defeat.
The loss was the first for any Rhinos team – in either pre-season or competitive matches – this year.
Stand-off Kieron Gill led Tigers’ fightback with four tries and Tom Holmes, Brandon Moore and Connor Hughes also crossed.
Ash Robson, who had a spell in Leeds’ system, kicked six conversions.
Try scorers for Rhinos were Jack Wray, Ryan Jones, George Milton, Jack Norfolk, Ash Handley and Robbie Ward.
Joe Sanderson and Wray kicked a goal each.
Rhinos were without full-back Ashton Golding, who was rested.
Meanwhile, former Rhinos player Joe Vickery has been named as part of an Australian Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the supply of cocaine.
Vickery, who played 10 games for Rhinos in 2013, has been given notice to appear in court in March in relation to supplying cocaine – for personal use or to friends and colleagues – last year.
Vickery was a squad member at Gold Coast Titans in 2012 before signing for Leeds.
He returned to the Gold Coast after being released from his Rhinos contract, but is not on the club’s playing register.
The Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper reported that the lawyer representing winger Vickery and four current Titans players said they denied any wrongdoing.