Castleford Tigers ladies are through to the second round of the Challenge Cup following a comprehensive 48-6 victory over local rivals Wakefield Trinity ladies at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.
Having already beaten Trinity this season, Castleford began confidently and quickly opened the scoring when Kelsey Gentles powered down the left wing.
Wakefield were quick to respond and for a short while took the lead when Emma Littlewood’s try was converted by Nicole Austin.
Georgie Hetherington restored Castleford’s lead with a strong run through the centre. Katie Hepworth then converted the first of her six kicks to put the away side 10-6 ahead.
Hepworth was soon back on the score sheet as she exploited a gap in the Wakefield defence to score her first try.
The game then entered a scrappy period in which there were a flurry of knock-ons and forward passes from both sides. However, it was the Tigers who broke the mould and finished the first half in style with a try from Sam Jordan, making the half-time score 22-6.
The second half began similarly to the first when Castleford’s Emma Lumley stamped her name on the score sheet. Her effort was followed up by Emma Ryan’s try when she proved too quick and nimble for the Wakefield defence.
Tries kept on coming for the away side as Leigh Powell touched down on the right wing.
Her effort was followed up by Hetherington’s second score.
With full-time approaching there was time for one more try as Shanelle Mannion was able to add four more points to make the final score 48-6 for Cas, who had beaten their local rivals a second time.
Castleford head coach Lindsay Anfield, was impressed by her team’s performance, but believes there is room for improvement.
She said: “We fielded three young players today, all 16 years old, and all of them stepped up to the plate and performed well.
“We are struggling to get some consistency in our performances which is frustrating. Our first half was pretty poor but the girls dug deep in the second half and played with a bit more spirit.”
Castleford are back in action this week when they travel away to face Oulton Raidettes.