Leeds claim back to back Challenge Cups

Leeds Rhinos claimed a second straight Womens Challenge Cup after beating Castleford Tigers 16-10 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

It was the Tigers who drew first blood after a competitive opening 18 minutes. Rhiannon Marshall broke free and scored in the corner. Tara Stanley missed the conversion, but it was still a four point lead.

The Rhinos responded immediately as Fran Goldthorpe rose highest from a kick to score. Courtney Hill scored the conversion to edge the Rhinos ahead.

That try seemed to kick the Rhinos into life and they grabbed another try as Caitlin Beevers got around the defence to score. Hill was off target this time, but they were still a converted try ahead.

In keeping with the spirit of the game, Castleford hit straight back just three minutes later as Tamzin Renouf managed to get over from short range. Stanley hit the conversion to level the scores heading into the break.

The only try of the second half won it as Hill got the ball halfway out on the break and ran all the way to score under the posts. She then converted to put the Rhinos back ahead by six points.

The driving rain made ball control really diffcult in the second half, and both teams were struggling to find any rhythm.

But the Rhinos were able to see the game out and ensured history repeated itself. They beat the Tigers in last years final.

Both teams are back in league action next week as the Rhinos welcome York City Knights and the Tigers welcome Bradford Bulls.

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