Castleford Tigers Women excited to be in first Challenge Cup final

Castleford Tigers Women, looking forward to the Challenge Cup final.
Castleford Tigers Women, looking forward to the Challenge Cup final.

Castleford Tigers play the biggest game since their formation this Saturday when they take on Leeds Rhinos in the Women’s Challenge Cup Final.

The teams have faced each other once previously in the Women’s Super League back in May 2018, which saw Leeds come out victorious, with a final score of 40-12.

However, Castleford are looking to rectify this and go into the game having seen off some more fancied sides to reach the final.

Head coach Lindsey Anfield said: “Leeds thumped us at their place, so we will need to up our game to compete with them.

“But I know we haven’t fired on all cylinders so far this season, so we are looking forward to it.”

Leeds’ recent form has seen them on a winning streak, losing only one game since the start of the season.

Castleford, on the other hand, have won one of their four last Super League matches, but they have come through a tough draw within the Challenge Cup to reach the Final.

Speaking on reaching the Challenge Cup Final, Anfield added: “I am thrilled that we have got to the Challenge Cup Final. We had quite a tough draw.

“We had to beat holders Bradford, came through a close game against St. Helens and then beat York City Knights. So, I feel we are worthy finalists.

“I am extremely proud of how the girls have stepped up in these knockout games, especially with 10 of them being 18 or younger.

“As you can imagine, they are extremely excited to be going to a final.

“We said at the beginning of the year our aim as a team was to get to at least one final, so we are happy to have done that already.”

Similarly, Leeds Rhinos head coach Adam Cuthbertson commented: “It’s very exciting.

“Obviously it’s our first season as a team so to get a tough draw through the Challenge Cup fixtures and make it through to our very first Challenge Cup final is brilliant.

“We are delighted and excited for the girls going into the weekend.

“They have put a lot of hard work, sacrifice and effort so far into this season, so to find ourselves in a final this early in our time together is brilliant and they deserve every bit of it.”

The Women’s Challenge Cup final between Leeds and Castleford kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.

It is £5 for entry and free for under 16s. The game will also be streamed live on Our League, with the Shield final, between Bradford Bulls and Stanningley, getting under way at 1pm.