Super League  Thursday 17th July 2014  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 16,173

Squad

Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Kirke, Achurch, T. Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Walters.

Squad

Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Finn, Jewitt.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Carl Ablett

Carl Ablett

Ryan Bailey

Tom Briscoe

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Grant Millington

Nathan Massey

Weller Hauraki

Michael Shenton

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield was sent off for the first time in his career as the Rhinos were held to a dramatic 24-24 draw by Castleford Tigers in a pulsating derby at Headingley.

Sinfield was shown a red card for an uncharacteristic head-butt on Castleford full-back Luke Dorn eight minutes from the end of a tense and keenly-fought match, with his side leading 24-18.

Castleford took advantage of the extra man to score an equalising try through loose forward Grant Millington two minutes later and, after both sides failed with late drop-goal attempts to break the deadlock, that is the way it stayed.

The point was enough to take Leeds back to the top of First Utility Super League.

Two opportunist tries from second rower Carl Ablett were the highlight of a high-tempo game that flowed from the first whistle.

Castleford drew first blood through skipper Michael Shenton, touching down after his winger Justin Carney had palmed the ball back from Marc Sneyd's high kick, but a knock-on from the re-start by winger Kirk Dixon put his side under pressure.

Rhinos scrum-half Danny McGuire had a try ruled out by video referee Phil Bentham before the home side struck with two tries in quick succession.

Right winger Tom Briscoe outjumped his opposite number Carney to touch down McGuire's towering kick before substitute forward Ryan Bailey scored with his first touch after left-wing pair Ryan Hall and Joel Moon had both kept the ball alive superbly from Sinfield's kick.

Dixon made amends for his earlier error by creating the space for former Leeds second rower Weller Hauraki to go over for an equalising try and the visitors would have been back in front but for some heroics by Zak Hardaker, back from a five-match ban.

First the full-back pulled off a try-saving tackle on Dorn and then forced a handling error from Sneyd over the line.

It seemed which ever side had the ball were destined to score and Ablett was the next to do so, forcing his way past a trio of defenders on a solo run to the line and juggling with the ball before grounding it.

Sinfield kicked his third conversion to make it 18-12 but the scores were tied once more seven minutes before the break when Castleford substitute Nathan Massey proved unstoppable from 10 metres out to score his first try of the season with his first touch.

There was no let-up to the action in the second half as play continued to swing from end to end.

Leeds were indebted once more to Hardaker after he halted a break by Castleford's livewire hooker Daryl Clark and they were relieved to see Carney's try disallowed by Bentham for obstruction in the build-up by Shenton.

When it was the Rhinos' turn to attack, the ever-dangerous Moon was twice bundled into touch by Webster at the corner and prop Kylie Leuluai was held up over the line.

Leeds had another escape when Millington could only get his finger tips to the ball from Shenton's kick and they were in luck when Ablett scored his second try to regain the lead on 58 minutes.

Moon's grubber kick on the last tackle rebounded off Webster and Ablett twice hacked the ball forward before diving on it just centimetres from the dead-ball line.

Sinfield's fourth goal restored his side's six-point lead and his drop-goal attempt that would have made the game safe was charged down.

It was to be Sinfield's last contribution as he was dismissed for his rush of blood, but there was no end to action.

Two consecutive penalties enabled Castleford to pile on the pressure and it paid off when Millington took Lee Jewitt's pass to charge through a gaping hole in the Leeds defence.

Sneyd kicked his fourth goal to tie the scores and Jamie Peacock and Sneyd both failed with one-point attempts to win it.

Match Action

  • 76m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 76m
    try

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 59m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 59m
    try

    Carl Ablett

    Leeds

  • 46m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Leeds

  • 46m
    interchange_off

    Stevie Ward

    Leeds

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 34m
    try

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 34m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Peacock

    Leeds

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Mariano

    Castleford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 26m
    try

    Carl Ablett

    Leeds

  • 26m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Paul Aiton

    Leeds

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Rob Burrow

    Leeds

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 19m
    try

    Weller Hauraki

    Castleford

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Lee Jewitt

    Castleford

  • 19m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 16m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 16m
    try

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 14m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 14m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 9m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 9m
    try

    Tom Briscoe

    Leeds

  • 2m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 2m
    try

    Michael Shenton

    Castleford