Castleford resist incredible Leeds comeback to win by single point

first_img Since you’re here… Super League XXIII (2018) Leeds Rhinos Castleford began superbly, scoring 24 unanswered points in a blistering 20-minute spell. They started the scoring when Gale kicked on for his half-back partner, Jamie Ellis, to touch down, and then doubled the lead in incredible fashion when a width-of-the-field play was finished by James Clare – before further tries from Alex Foster and Junior Moors made it 24-0.But how Leeds responded. Their revival was inspired by two players at the opposite ends of their careers: in the pack, the outstanding Jamie Jones-Buchanan produced another all-action 80-minute display, and at full-back off the bench, Jack Walker further enhanced his reputation. The fact that Leeds did not concede another try once Walker had emerged on to the field epitomised the impact he had on their fortunes.The comeback began when the captain, Kallum Watkins, finished magnificently from a towering Richie Myler kick, before a try from Ash Handley further reduced the deficit. Leeds were suddenly on top, but Gale’s drop goal on the hooter, the only point Castleford scored in the final 55 minutes, stretched the lead back out to 15.The Leeds’ cause was not helped when the forward, Brad Singleton, was sent to the sin bin. But even without him the Rhinos clawed back the deficit further when Handley scored his second. Watkins soon followed suit with 10 minutes left, before Ryan Hall reduced the gap to a solitary point with a wonderful finish. Agonisingly, though, Watkins pushed the decisive conversion wide and, somehow, Castleford held on.Elsewhere, a hat-trick from the wing, Tom Lineham, helped Warrington beat Wakefield 32-34, their second consecutive victory in Super League. The Wolves trailed at half-time against a Wakefield side looking for their fifth win in six games, before tries from Mike Cooper and Ben Murdoch-Masila secured victory. Catalans remain bottom of Super League heading into the Easter period following their sixth defeat in seven games. The Dragons were beaten 42-16 at Hull, the Black and Whites scoring seven tries to Catalans’ two as they ran out comfortable winners ahead of the first Hull derby of the season next Friday.St Helens continue to set the pace at the top of the table heading into Easter, following a comfortable 30-6 victory over Hull KR. Wigan remain in second after a comprehensive victory over Huddersfield, who remain in the bottom four. Share on Twitter Share via Email Support The Guardian Castleford held on to rebuff a remarkable comeback from the Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, for their fourth successive victory – with Luke Gale’s 40th-minute drop goal ultimately the difference as the Tigers won the first meeting between the sides since last October’s Grand Final.The most anticipated match of the season to date did not disappoint. Leeds had set an ambitious target of breaking the all-time crowd figure for a regular-season Super League game here, set in 2005 when 24,005 watched Wigan play St Helens at the DW Stadium. While the final figure fell just short of that total, Leeds were able to register their own highest attendance in Super League history, with 23,246 watching the best game of the campaign thus far. Read more Share on LinkedIn Josh Charnley says he returns to rugby league a more confident player Super Leaguecenter_img Rugby league Share on Messenger Castleford match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img

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