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Not So Easy Does It
Posted by southstander on April 20 2013 - 11:50:34

Two Tries
By David Bywater

Does the Challenge Cup still retain the glamour and prestige of a major competition? 8,000 spectators paid their monies to watch one of only two all Super League ties in the round. The Tigers were very well represented in what, sadly, will probably be the best attended game of the round. The pre match atmosphere was relaxed, discussion seemed to centre more on the future of Chase and Clark than the outcome of this local derby.

Both sides were close to full strength for what – on paper – should be a routine victory for the men in blue and amber. Fortunately these games are not played on internet forums and Castleford – revitalised under Danny Orr hadn’t come to make up the numbers.

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28

Rhinos

v

Tigers

12

Challenge Cup 4th Round

19th April 2013

Not So Easy Does It

Phil Bentham started the game with the Rhinos playing towards the Western terrace on a cool but dry evening. The game started with a forward battle for the first five until Joel Moon ghosted past Shenton - a theme for the night – passed to Hall who broke down the left, passed inside to McGuire who failed to hold onto the ball amid good covering from Tansey. The deadlock was broken on seven with a pinpoint 30 metre cross field kick from Sinfield to Watkins who strolled in on the right. Sinfield failed to convert 4-0 Rhinos. Would the floodgates open? They looked like they might when Watkins looked to have scored a few minutes later but he was ruled in touch prior to touching down. Castleford were showing signs of making this a contest. A nice break from Holmes and some well constructed plays through Chase had seen them put the Rhinos on the back-foot for an extended period. Delaney – who looked far from 100% - gave away the first Leeds penalty of the game on the quarter hour, in the next set Castleford created a big overlap on their right, the ball was passed inside for Chase to score untouched, Ellis converted 6-4 Tigers could an upset going happen?


Four Goals
Castleford were more than holding their own with Leeds looking fatigued from their Easter programme, the Tigers continued to control the game for significant periods of the first half. If Chase’s kicking hadn’t repeatedly landed straight in the arms of either Hardaker or Hall the Tigers could well have gained more reward for their domination. The Rhinos, as is often the case, squandered real chances with abysmal handling close to their opponents line, Hardaker drop when it would have been easier to score, Delanney, Burrow and McGuire were also guilty and when Bentham disallowed a try for Moon for a forward pass from Peacock you wondered if this was not going to be the Rhinos’ night. 6-4 to the Tigers at half time flattered the home side Castleford were good value for their lead.

As the second half started Rhinos fans were hoping McDermott had suggested a greater sense of urgency and accuracy from the Leeds players. For the Tigers more of the same please. The former looked most likely when Moon broke down the line passed inside to McGuire who threw the ball over his head to Burrow to score under a plethora of Tigers tacklers. Sinfield curled it over from the left 10-6 Rhinos – would the Rhinos kick on from here? Five minutes after Burrow’s try Watkins dropped the ball in an innocuous tackle, from the resulting scrum Chase kicked through for Ellis to touch down which on first viewing looked on the dead ball line – where are video replays when you really need them? Ellis converted his own try 12-10 Tigers, a true reflection of the balance of play.

Midway through the second half the turning point in the game – Chase put a high kick through, hesitation between Hardaker and Hall saw Holmes catch the ball charge to the line only to be ruled offside at the kick. In the next set Clarkson burst onto a short McGuire pass to score, Sinfield converted in off the post 16-12 Rhinos. The game was finished off with two bits of McGuire magic – his scoring streak against Castleford is incredible. A show of petulance from Carney towards the end of the game humoured the Southstand. They responded to his gesticulation with a comment on his rotund physique in what can only be described as language not suitable for a family game.


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The Rhinos ran winners by 28-12 – a scoreline that flattered the home side in a contest that Castleford made a considerable contribution. The McGuire scores shows the importance of flair players when the attacking structures are easily handled by the opposition. McGuire was awarded the MOM but Joel Moon was head and shoulders above any other Leeds player in what was a close game that lacked real quality but was well worth the £20 entrance fee.

The question Millward must be asking himself is why Castleford were unable to perform with this level of commitment and endeavour under his control? Tansey showed he has the talent to compete at this level, good performance also from Holmes, Clark and Thompson. For the Rhinos a well earned break before the difficult challenge of a trip to Costa del Kingston next week.


Match Facts

Rhinos
Tigers
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Hardaker
19
Tansey
3
Watkins
1
23
Clare
12
Ablett
3
Shenton
4
Moon
18
Thompson
5
Hall
2
Carney
13
Sinfield
4
6
Chase
1
6
McGuire
2
7
Ellis
1
2
8
Leuluai
25
Walker
7
Burrow
1
15
Milner
10
Peacock
10
Huby
14
Ward
17
Holmes
15
Delaney
12
Hauraki
11
Jones-Buchanan
16
Massey
17
Kirke
9
Clark
18
Clarkson
1
8
Walker
9
McShane
11
Gilmour
19
Achurch
27
Boyle

Kick Off:
20:00
Half-Time:
04-06
Referee:
Phil Bentham
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8,130


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