Castleford 14 v Rotherham Phoenix 12
Castleford showed real grit and determination to turn around a twelve point interval deficit and claim the victory points in a tense Yorkshire Three encounter. Over both games against Rotherham Phoenix only one point separates the teams with Castleford
Castleford showed real grit and determination to turn around a twelve point interval deficit and claim the victory points in a tense Yorkshire Three encounter. Over both games against Rotherham Phoenix only one point separates the teams with Castleford losing 12-11 with a last-minute penalty away.
Castleford began the game with four Colts through injury and suspensions pressurising selection, but once again they all stepped up to the Senior mark.
The game was a tense affair with both defences cancelling each other out until Phoenix outside half, Tom Jenkinson put up a high up and under towards the home twenty-two. The ball took a cruel bounce that eluded full-back, Chris Brown and fell invitingly into the hands of flanker, Oliver Dynan who breezed in under the sticks. Jenkinson added the easy conversion.
Worse was to follow just before the interval when a cohesive, Phoenix, pack thrust forced its way over for the score, with flanker, Matt Turner emerging with the ball. Jenkinson’s conversion attempt just shaved wide and was to prove the defining point in the Castleford second half fight-back.
The halftime talk had an effect on the Castleford side as they took the game to the visitors putting them under sustained pressure for the lion’s share of the second half.
The Castleford forwards began strongly with second-rower, Aidan Wood and flanker, Karl Del Rosario belying their young years and getting stuck in. The addition of Jamie Owens, Luke Kenyon and Lewis Fraser from the bench added the required dynamism needed in the pack. It was Del Rosario who broke from halfway to set up the position for Castleford’s first try. The ball was recycled and passed to Steve Hayward twenty metres out. The centre side-stepped through the gap before powerfully crashing through the defensive line. Outside half, Ian Mattison added the conversion.
Fellow centre, Daniel Price brought the scores level with an almost copy-book try as he breached the visitors ’defence with his powerful run. The scene was set for the trusty Mattison boot to add the conversion icing to the Castleford cake and he delivered from wide out to seal a superb victory.
Despite late Phoenix pressure the home defence held firm. The Willowbridge Laners travel to Skipton next week.