Castleford coach Daryl Powell has described his team’s pulsating 18-14 win over Leeds as the best during his time at the Tigers.
Castleford raced to an early 12-0 lead before Leeds hit back and took a 12-14 lead at the break.
It was a tight second half but a late try to jake Webster sealed the victory for the Tigers.
“I thought it was a superb effort,” Powell told Sky.
“Tonight we corrected a lot of that [last week’s loss] and we showed that even when we’re down to our last 19 players that there’s a spirit and a committment and a real together ness about this group.
“That’s a big, big win for us. Leeds are a tough side to beat. They put us under pressure. But we hung tough.
“This is probably the best win we’ve had since I’ve been here, under all that adversity that we’ve had and the players we’re missing, just awesome the boys tonight.”
Castleford ended a three-game losing streak in Super League with the close win against the Rhinos.
“We didn’t get everything right tonight, you never do,” Powell admitted.
“Easter’s always very tough, to get a win at the very start of it makes me sleep a little bit easier no doubt tonight.”