Castleford Tigers Women coach targets improvement despite big win over Wakefield Trinity Ladies

A masterful display from Georgia Roche and a Hollie-Mae Dodd hat-trick helped Castleford Tigers Women to their second win of the season on Sunday.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 6:00 am
Castleford Tigers' Hollie-Mae Dodd. Picture: Ed Sykes/

The Tigresses ran in ten tries as they blasted their way past a gutsy Wakefield Trinity outfit at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, winning 44-0.

Castleford got to work early as Dodd scored her first try in the opening five minutes. Tamzin Renouf gained valuable meters in the build-up to the effort before a quick pass from Roche sent Dodd on her way.

Wakefield responded well, and for the next 25 minutes they went toe-to-toe with the Tigresses.

Errors were aplenty however, many of those were conceded by Cas as the hosts piled on the pressure.

Their best moment of the match came through Liv Whitehead who broke down left flank and almost put Trinity on the scoreboard.

Nevertheless, the Tigers withstood the pressure and kept the door firmly shut.

Soon, the amber and black extended their lead. Full-back Leah Jones crossed the whitewash after some intricate build-up play from Roche and Dodd.

Further efforts from Eva Izumi and Lucy Eastwood put the team 16-0 up at half-time.

This was Roche’s first game of the season after missing the curtain raiser against Featherstone Rovers two weeks ago. Nevertheless, the inaugural Woman of Steel certainly didn’t project any rust when she produced an outstanding individual effort in the 48th minute.

Moments later, Dodd grabbed a 13-minute brace as she completed her first ever hat-trick in the Women’s Super League.

Vice-captain Shona Hoyle was not to be outdone though. The England international showed great pace and skill by scoring a tremendous individual effort in the 56th minute.

In the final ten minutes, it was Georgie Hetherington who took the spotlight. The player took time out of the game in 2019 in order to become a mother.

Two weeks ago, she returned to action against Featherstone and this week, she bagged her first try since making her comeback.

Moments before the final whistle, she scored again as the Tigresses maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Joint Castleford head-coach Marie Colley said: “I though it was quite a sloppy performance to be fair.

“Completion rate was very low, I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.

“Our skill level needs to increase. But to still score over 40 points, is a good result really.

“Keeping that [score] to nil was the most important thing. We’ve talked about increasing our efforts in defence and we’ve most certainly done that over these last two games.

“We’ve made a real conscious effort to make sure the defence is a key part of our pride in the way we perform.

“We’ve done that for the last two weeks running now and we’re looking to do that again next week.”

The focus now turns towards the Challenge Cup where Castleford will take on Warrington Wolves.

When asked about next week’s game, Colley said: “Very exciting. The Challenge Cup is always a big trophy to aim for. We’ve been there last two seasons and we’re looking to get there for a third season. That’s our aim.”