Castleford Tigers 6-24 Leeds Rhinos

Saturday 7th October 2017
KO: 18:00 - Round: Final

6-24 FT

HT: 0 7

Attendance: 72,827

Official: J Child

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Alex Foster,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Tom Briscoe 2, Danny McGuire 2,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny McGuire 2,

Official Report / Commentary

Danny McGuire delivered a man-of-the-match performance on his final Leeds appearance to inspire the Rhinos to a record-extending eighth Betfred Super League title.

Castleford Tigers had won their previous eight meetings with their neighbours and eased to League Leaders’ Shield success.

But the Tigers had no answer to Grand Final experts Leeds on their maiden Old Trafford appearance as they fell to a 24-6 defeat.

Tom Briscoe gave Leeds an 11th-minute lead and they went into the break with a 7-0 advantage courtesy of McGuire’s drop goal.

The Hull KR-bound half-back added a brace of tries and another one-pointer either side of Briscoe’s second try to cap a fine individual display, although Leeds old boy Alex Foster had the last word.

McGuire, who claimed a second Harry Sunderland Trophy in three years, said: "It's a fairytale ending. I thought the boys from one to 17 were unbelievable.

"We spoke all week about leaving everything out there and the lads did that. The commitment to the cause and work ethic was unbelievable.

"My job is to steer the team round and it's easy when you've got players willing to run through brick walls for you.

"I was really determined to make sure my Leeds career finished on a really positive note and we've won a Grand Final so you can't get any better."

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell said: "It was tough conditions but wow, you couldn't get a grip of what we were doing with the ball. I didn't think we could get worse with ball retention but we made 10 errors in the second half.

"I'm disappointed we didn't do ourselves justice. If we'd done that and got beat then you can hold your hands up and say 'fair enough'.

"Leeds didn't see the best of us tonight and massively deserved the win. But they didn't have much to beat.

"That's the biggest disappointment from our perspective - that we didn't put up enough of a battle because of our ball retention."

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 79: TRY! scored for Castleford by Alex Foster
  • 77: Goal scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 70: TRY! scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 60: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 52: TRY! scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 40: Goal scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 11: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 54
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Castleford Tigers 2
    Leeds Rhinos 8

    Goals:

    Castleford Tigers 2
    Leeds Rhinos 6

    METRES:

    Castleford Tigers 1188
    Leeds Rhinos 1420

    CARRIES:

    Castleford Tigers 180
    Leeds Rhinos 210

    TACKLES:

    Castleford Tigers 404
    Leeds Rhinos 322

    OFFLOADS:

    Castleford Tigers 13
    Leeds Rhinos 11

    PENALTIES:

    Castleford Tigers 1
    Leeds Rhinos 5

    BREAKS:

    Castleford Tigers 4
    Leeds Rhinos 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Alex Foster 1 0 14 2 1 0 0 5 23 4.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 25 5 1 1 0 10 81 8.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 27 6 2 1 0 16 115 7.19 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 32 3 3 1 0 17 103 6.06 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 34 5 9 1 0 8 60 7.50 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 42 10 2 1 0 12 81 6.75 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 34 9 1 0 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 22 10 0 1 0 10 58 5.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 1 54 15 2 0 2 7 39 5.57 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 22 4 2 0 0 5 22 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 0 13 1 4 0 5 6 20 3.33 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 27 8 1 0 4 9 53 5.89 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jy Hitchcox 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 13 85 6.54 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 0 21 5 2 3 0 14 92 6.57 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 24 6 5 3 0 9 57 6.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 17 120 7.06 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Eden 0 0 6 0 3 3 0 15 139 9.27 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tom Briscoe 2 0 4 0 0 2 0 13 56 4.31 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny McGuire 2 1 10 1 2 1 9 13 62 4.77 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 17 3 0 4 1 13 81 6.23 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 22 5 0 3 0 20 133 6.65 0 1 3 0 3 1 0 1
    Jack Walker 0 0 2 0 0 6 0 13 110 8.46 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 3 0 2 1 1 19 140 7.37 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Joel Moon 0 1 16 0 2 1 6 7 28 4.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 21 2 0 3 0 18 128 7.11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 0 0 33 5 1 5 0 10 98 9.80 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 37 12 3 3 0 16 93 5.81 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 31 4 5 1 1 14 98 7.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Stevie Ward 0 0 40 8 1 2 1 12 95 7.92 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 23 3 2 0 0 14 115 8.21 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Rob Burrow 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 4 21 5.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 29 7 0 4 0 11 80 7.27 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Brett Ferres 0 0 14 1 1 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 18 3 0 0 0 5 33 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties