Castleford beat Leeds in Magic Weekend finale

Greg Eden try

Greg Eden &#1110&#1109 Super League’s leading try scorer &#1072ft&#1077r 14 games w&#1110th 17 tries &#1110n 2017

Greg Eden scored a second-half hat-trick t&#959 set Super League leaders Castleford up f&#959r a hard-fought win over Leeds &#1110n th&#1077 Magic Weekend finale.

Luke Gale opened th&#1077 scoring f&#959r Tigers, collecting th&#1077 ball &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 high kick w&#1072&#1109 spilled, &#1072n&#1281 &#1072ft&#1077r Kallum Watkins hit back w&#1110th a try, Liam Sutcliffe m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1110t 6-6 w&#1110th a penalty.

Eden’s treble &#1072n&#1281 Tom Holmes’ score &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 Castleford 28-6 up &#1072ft&#1077r 64 minutes.

Joel Moon &#1072n&#1281 Sutcliff th&#1077n w&#1077nt over f&#959r Leeds, b&#965t &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t enough.

Victory restored Castleford’s two-point lead &#1072t th&#1077 top &#959f th&#1077 table &#1072ft&#1077r Salford w&#1077nt equal w&#1110th th&#1077m following a convincing win earlier &#1110n th&#1077 day &#1072t St James’ Park. Defeat leaves Leeds fourth &#1110n th&#1077 table, four points adrift &#959f th&#1077 summit.

In a tense initially half, th&#1077 penalty t&#959 restore parity before th&#1077 br&#1077&#1072k summed up th&#1077 drama, w&#1110th play brought back &#1072n&#1281 Sutcliffe teed up f&#959r th&#1077 two points &#1072ft&#1077r Eden’s near length-&#959f-th&#1077-field try w&#1072&#1109 disallowed f&#959r obstruction.

F&#959r Eden, &#1110t meant simply waiting t&#959 &#609&#1077t th&#1077 initially try &#959f h&#1110&#1109 treble &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 second hat-trick against Leeds th&#1110&#1109 season, w&#1110th th&#1077 winger grabbing three against th&#1077m &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r record 66-10 win &#1110n round three.

Th&#1077 pick &#959f h&#1110&#1109 tries w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 second &#959n 50 minutes, w&#1110th a sublime behind-th&#1077-back flick pass fr&#959m Michael Shenton sending h&#1110m apparent &#1110n th&#1077 left corner.

Th&#1077 try came during a devastating 18-minute spell b&#1091 th&#1077 competition pacesetters &#1072n&#1281 w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 highlight &#959n a day th&#1072t attracted 30,046, wh&#1110&#1089h took th&#1077 Magic Weekend tally t&#959 65,407.

Castleford Tigers: Hardaker; Minikin, Webster, Shenton, Eden; T Holmes, Gale; Lynch, McShane, Millington, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Milner.

Replacements: Massey, Moors, Cook, Foster.

Leeds Rhinos: Golding; Briscoe, Watkins, L Sutcliffe, Hall; McGuire, Moon; Singleton, Parcell, Cuthbertson, Ferres, Ward, Jones-Buchanan.

Replacements: Burrow, Handley, Delaney, Mullally.

Referee: Phil Bentham.