Women’s round-up: Leeds and St Helens keep pressure on Castleford

Sebastian Sternik

 A comfortable win over Featherstone sees Castleford maintain their leader status in the Women’s Super League.

However, with Leeds and St Helens also picking up victories, the gap at the top remains a narrow one. 

 The current table toppers, Castleford, ran riot in the first half against their local neighbours. Lindsay Anfield’s side took a 24-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes of the match, with early efforts coming from Tamzin Renouf, Kelsey Gentles, Georgia Roche and Tara Stanley. 

Further tries from Claire Garner and Sammy Watts gave the Tigresses a 36-4 lead at the half way mark.  

Featherstone came back strong in the second half and two quick fire efforts from Katie Hepworth closed the gap to 36-16. 

However, the Tigers were able to keep them at bay and add two more tries to make the final score 46-20. 

Over at Odsal stadium, Leeds Rhinos were made to work hard for their victory over Bradford Bulls. Fran Goldthorp’s try was the only thing separating both sides after a very close opening 40 minutes.

In the second half, the Challenge Cup holders spread their wings and produced two additional efforts to pull further ahead. Charlotte Booth and Keera Bennett provided the two tries. 

Bradford did respond courtesy of Bailey Alexander however, they were unable to mount a comeback. 

St Helens meanwhile, dominated proceedings in their game against the York City Knights. Rhianna Burke, Naomi Williams and Faye Gaskin all scored hat-tricks as Saints demolished Super League’s basement team by 60 points to six. 

Lastly, Wigan Warriors cruised to victory against Wakefield Trinity. The defending Super League champions scored in the first minute of this contest and never looked back. 

A nine try rout helped the Cherry and Whites to a 44-6 victory over the West Yorkshire side. 

In terms of the table, Castleford still lead the way and are two points ahead of Leeds and St Helens. 

At the same time, Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls are in an intense fight for fourth spot. The two teams are level on six points with Wigan’s superior points difference keeping them above the 2017 treble winners.

Women’s Super League results: 

Bradford Bulls 6-18 Leeds Rhinos 

Wakefield Trinity 6-44 Wigan Warriors 

Featherstone Rovers 20-46 Castleford Tigers 

St Helens 60-6 York City Knights 

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