Super League  Friday 7th June 2013  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 17,035

Squad

Hardaker, Moon, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Keinhorst, Singleton, Vickery, Sutcliffe, Minns.

Squad

Owen, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Clare, Martin, Boyle.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Joel Moon

Ian Kirke

Jimmy Keinhorst

Jimmy Keinhorst

Zak Hardaker

Jimmy Keinhorst

Thomas Minns

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Craig Huby

Jordan Tansey

Jordan Tansey

Weller Hauraki

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Centre Jimmy Keinhorst grabbed a hat-trick of tries on his first appearance for four months to help Leeds Rhinos overcome a spirited Castleford Tigers and end their four-match losing run.

Keinhorst made his mark on his return from a dual-registration spell with part-time neighbours Hunslet, while 18-year-old winger Thomas Minns enjoyed a fairytale debut with the game's first try.

The champions were also indebted to a magnificent effort from veteran prop Jamie Peacock, who made his comeback from a knee injury a fortnight earlier than expected to lay the platform for the victory with a 68-minute display of power-packed rugby.

Castleford also played their part in a high-class match; Rangi Chase was a constant threat with his dazzling ball-handling skills and former Leeds player Jordan Tansey scored two of their four tries.

Peacock’s timely return from a three-match absence helped lift spirits at Headingley, which were hit by news that Danny McGuire would miss the rest of the season with his broken leg and ankle-ligament damage.

With Rob Burrow slotting superbly into his old scrum-half role and hooker Paul McShane making the most of his first start of the year, the Rhinos made light of the absence of Super League's most prolific tryscorer.

Castleford, who were without blockbusting winger Justin Carney, were seeking the double following their 14-12 home win over the Rhinos back in February and they went mightily close.

Leeds, and Minns in particular, made a dream start when the first of a series of trademark mazy runs from Burrow created the position for McShane to get the youngster over for the game's first try with just four minutes on the clock.

But Leeds could not take their eyes off Chase, whose long pass got centre Michael Shenton racing through the Rhinos defence. From there, the supporting Weller Hauraki dummied his way past Zak Hardaker for his first Castleford try against his old team-mates.

Jamie Ellis' conversion edged the Tigers into a 6-4 lead but the champions showed their class and seized control with two tries in three minutes midway through the first half.

Props Ryan Bailey and Peacock were both held up over the line before Burrow got Keinhorst slipping through a gap in the Castleford defence to score his first try of the season.

Hardaker then brought the 17,035 crowd to its feet with a glorious 70-metre solo effort, taking Peacock's pass to go on an arcing run through the visitors' defence and accelerating past full-back Tansey to touch down.

Sinfield added both goals to put his side into a 16-6 lead but the Tigers were right back in the game four minutes before the break when highly-rated hooker Daryl Clark picked up a loose ball and raced into space to send Tansey over.

Cas then went back in front early in the second half as prop Grant Millington broke from deep inside his own half to get Tansey through for his second try; Ellis' third goal made it 18-16.

The lead was once more short-lived as winger Ryan Hall reclaimed the ball from Sinfield's pinpoint kick to the corner and got Keinhorst over for his second try.

Sinfield's third goal made it 22-18 and Leeds almost scored again when centre Joel Moon broke clear, but Minns was unable to take the final pass.

The decisive try came on 62 minutes and it was a carbon copy of the previous effort, with Sinfield and Hall combining superbly to help Keinhorst in for his hat-trick.

Castleford prop Craig Huby gave his side renewed hope when he juggled with Weller Hauraki's pass to score, but replacement forward Ian Kirke powered his way over and Moon touched down Burrow's grubber kick to add late tries for the Rhinos.

Sinfield took his goal tally to seven from eight attempts to give his side a flattering margin of victory.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 80m
    try

    Joel Moon

    Leeds

  • 78m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 74m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 74m
    try

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 68m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 68m
    try

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 63m
    try

    Jimmy Keinhorst

    Leeds

  • 63m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 54m
    interchange_on

    Daniel Fleming

    Castleford

  • 54m
    interchange_off

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 51m
    try

    Jimmy Keinhorst

    Leeds

  • 51m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Boyle

    Castleford

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 45m
    try

    Jordan Tansey

    Castleford

  • 45m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 37m
    try

    Jordan Tansey

    Castleford

  • 37m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Leeds

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Paul McShane

    Leeds

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 24m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 23m
    try

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 21m
    try

    Jimmy Keinhorst

    Leeds

  • 21m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 13m
    try

    Weller Hauraki

    Castleford

  • 13m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 4m
    try

    Thomas Minns

    Leeds

  • 2m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 2m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds