St.Helens Women went down 30-14 in a top of the table clash against Castleford Tigers on Sunday at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in front of a crowd of 811.
Tigresses’ Tara Stanley grabbed the opener after just seven minutes. Claire Garner shipped the ball out to Stanley who exposed a gap down the right edge to give the hosts an early lead.
The Tigresses then kicked a penalty before Saints hit back through Zoe Harris. Derek Hardman’s side continued to attack and it didn’t take long before a try from Leah Burke gave the Saints a deserved lead.
The home side responded and worked the ball out down the left with Sinead Peach finding Stanley. The full-back spotted an opening in the Saints defence and exposed it, touching down. And three minutes later, Castleford extended their lead through a Georgia Roche try.
Saints knew that they had a big second half to come and they certainly started on the front foot, but the Tigresses some how kept Saints out before Rhiannion Marshall threw a dummy and went over.
Channy Crowl then saw red before Castleford’s Emma Lumley powered through the St.Helens defence to score.
Saints continued to fight mind and got four points back when Leah Burke capitalised on a brilliant pass from Beth Stott.
However, the two points were sealed for the Tigers when Georgia Roche grabbed her second late on.
Castleford Tigers Team: Tara Stanley, Alex Wallace, Kelsey Gentles, Courtney Pointon, Georgia Roche, Claire Garner, Emma Lumley, Sinead Peach, Grace Field, Tamzin Renouf, Rhiannion Marshall, Olivia Grace, Maisie Lumb.
Interchanges: Annabelle Morley, Katy Tordoff, Esme Reynolds, Lucy Eastwood, Emma Slowe, Shona Hoyle.
Tries: Stanley (7, 33), Roche (36, 78), Marshall (55), Lumley (72)
Goals: Stanley 3/7
St.Helens Team: Jodie Cunningham, Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Beth Stott, Leah Burke, Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Dawn Taylor, Pip Birchall, Emily Rudge, Channy Crowl.
Interchanges: Lizzie Gladman, Katie May Williams, Darcy Stott, Sarah Lovejoy.
Tries: Harris (26), Burke (30, 75)
Goals: Gaskin 1/3
Referee: Joe Turner