超級聯賽。利茲14-8卡斯爾福德 - 犀牛隊用最後的嘗試擊潰老虎隊,進入淘汰賽

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超級聯賽。利茲14-8卡斯爾福德 - 犀牛隊用最後的嘗試擊潰老虎隊,進入淘汰賽

利茲犀牛隊創造了一個驚人的後期逆轉,他們用兩個晚期的嘗試震驚了卡斯爾福德老虎隊,進入了超級聯賽的附加賽。

但是,在Rhyse Martin的點球之後,Zak Hardaker的速度超過了他的老俱樂部,為Kruise Leeming設置了得分。

馬丁的一腳將比分扳平,但由於艾丹-塞澤爾的再次進球,沒有必要進行 "金點 "決賽。

馬丁在這一球上也做了加法--這是他連續第36次成功射門,追平了由韋克菲爾德的梅森-利諾保持的超級聯賽紀錄。

這意味着Jake Mamo在下半場的早期嘗試和Paul McShane的兩個進球最終被證明是徒勞的,Lee Radford的Cas獲得了第七名,而勝利將利茲提升到第五名,這要感謝Salford在主場被排名第11的Warrington擊敗,使紅魔下降到第六。

利茲現在面臨着在兩個月內第三次前往佩皮尼昂,在周五對陣加泰羅尼亞龍隊--儘管他們將沒有阿什-漢德利,他的腳踝受傷了--然後哈德斯菲爾德將在第二天的第二場淘汰賽中主場對陣索爾福德。

利茲現在面臨着一個艱難的客場之旅,他們將訪問法國南部--但在羅漢-史密斯的帶領下獲得第五名後,他們將充滿信心地前往那裡。

在利茲隊創紀錄的八次總決賽勝利中,只有三次是在實際獲得聯賽冠軍之後--其中兩次,即2011年和2012年,是在布萊恩-麥克德莫特領導下獲得第五名之後。

當史密斯的前任理查德-阿加在3月份辭職時,利茲隊在積分榜上排名第10位,但是,在看守老闆傑米-瓊斯-布坎南的帶領下,自從史密斯在4月20日執掌後,犀牛隊似乎已經恢復了麥克德莫特時期的一些精神。

他們現在已經在18場比賽中贏了12次--其中最近的7場勝利是在8場中取得的。

然而,即使在麥克德莫特時代,利茲隊也很少像現在這樣遲到。

卡斯在今天的比賽中僅落後利茲一分,他們在前兩次訪問希丁利時都取得了勝利,在激動人心但錯誤百出的上半場比賽中,只有蘇亞-馬塔吉因遲到射門而被黃牌警告,直到進入下半場才打破僵局。

在麥克沙恩從發球檯射門得分後,他們迅速擴大了領先優勢,丹-史密斯和喬-韋斯特曼聯合找到了馬莫,馬莫超越了里奇-邁勒完成了射門,麥克沙恩踢出了8-0的領先。

但是,教練Rohan Smith知道一場平局就足以讓他的球隊進入附加賽,當他們仍然以8比0落後時被判罰了一個點球,他發出了踢球的信息。

利茲隊很關鍵地從馬丁的球靴中拿回了兩分,隨着時間的流逝,梅勒開始了導致他們追平比分的行動。

他給哈達克的長傳讓這位卡斯的老男孩獲得了內切的機會,他擊敗了三個人,並在傳給利明後在門柱的左邊得分。

馬丁的進球扳平了比分--為可能出現的黃金加時賽做準備,卡斯隊知道他們必須贏得加時賽才能延長他們的賽季。但是,梅勒隨後再次參與了導致塞澤爾以勝利結束的嘗試的行動,使房子倒塌。

"我們正在努力獲得一個分數,所以對我來說,輕鬆獲得兩分是有意義的。

"這是每個人在季前訓練開始時設定的目標,最低限度要進入附加賽,所以能進入附加賽是一個好的結果。

"我們的運動有很多部分是關于堅韌和勇敢,堅持下去,克服逆境和疲勞,在那場比賽的大部分時間裡,我們做得非常好。

"我們再次缺乏任何流暢性。技能為我們帶來了幾次嘗試,但我們的性格使我們在那裡堅持了下來。我非常沮喪,我一般不會這樣,但我在罰球後對我們的分析師說,我們仍然會得到兩個試球,因為我們的能量很好。"

"這是一個令人難以置信的努力和對彼此的承諾。雖然我們沒有實現我們的賽季目標,但在所有被扔在我們身上的東西和我們所克服的挑戰下,我感到無比的自豪。

"沒有人喜歡失敗,但是,當你付出了一切,卻什麼都沒有了,你有時可以接受。

"就執行而言,這是一場質量很差的比賽,但它很令人興奮。不幸的是,我們只是耗盡了能量。"


Leeds Rhinos produced an amazing late turnaround as they stunned Castleford Tigers with two late tries to reach the Super League play-offs.

But, after Rhyse Martin's penalty, Zak Hardaker's pace outflanked his old club to set up Kruise Leeming to score.

Martin's kick tied the scores but there was no need for a 'golden point' finale as Aidan Sezer went over again.

Martin added the extras to that one too - his 36th consecutive successful kick at goal to equal the Super League record held by Wakefield's Mason Lino.

It meant Jake Mamo's early second-half try and two Paul McShane goals ended up proving in vain for Lee Radford's Cas, who finish seventh, while victory lifted Leeds to fifth, thanks to Salford's home defeat by 11th-placed Warrington, which dropped the Red Devils to sixth.

Leeds now face a third trip to Perpignan in under two month to face Catalans Dragons on Friday - although they will without Ash Handley, who picked up an ankle injury -before Huddersfield host Salford in the second play-off eliminator the following day.

Leeds now face a tough away trip with a visit to the south of France - but going there after finishing fifth under Rohan Smith they will be full of confidence.

Of Leeds' record eight Grand Finals triumphs, only three have come after actually topping the league - and two of them, in 2011 and 2012, came after finishing fifth under Brian McDermott.

Leeds were 10th in the table when Smith's predecessor Richard Agar quit in March but, after having the ship steadied under caretaker boss Jamie Jones-Buchanan, since Smith took charge on 20 April, Rhinos seem to have recaptured some of the spirit of the McDermott era.

They have now won 12 times in 18 games - of which the last seven victories have come in eight.

Yet, even in the McDermott years, Leeds rarely left it as late as this.

Cas, who began the day just a place and a point behind Leeds, had won on their previous two visits to Headingley and after an exciting but error-strewn first half enlivened only by Suaia Matagi's yellow card for a late shot on Matt Prior, it took until well into the second half to break the deadlock.

No sooner had McShane fired Cas ahead from the tee, they quickly stretched their lead when Dan Smith and Joe Westerman combined to find Mamo, who outpaced Richie Myler to finish, McShane kicking the goal for an 8-0 lead.

But, knowing a draw would be enough to see his side into the play-offs, coach Rohan Smith sent on a message to kick for goal when they were awarded a penalty while still 8-0 behind.

Leeds crucially got two points back from Martin's boot and, with time ticking away, Myler began the move that led to them tying the scores.

His long pass to Hardaker freed the Cas old boy to cut inside, beat three men and break clear before passing inside for Leeming to score to the left of the posts.

Martin's boot levelled it - to set up a likely period of golden-point extra time, which Cas knew they had to win to extend their season. But Myler was then involved again in the move that led to Sezer bringing the house down with the victory-sealing try.

"We were struggling to get one score so to take an easy two points made sense to me.

"That's the goal everyone sets out at the start of pre-season training, the minimum to be in the play-offs, so to be there is a good result.

"There are a lot of parts of our sport that are about being tough and brave and hanging in there and pushing through adversity and fatigue and for most of that game we did that really well.

"We lacked any fluency again. Skills got us a couple of tries but the character held us in there. I was very frustrated, which I don't generally get, but I said to our analyst after the penalty goal that we will still score two tries because our energy was good."

"It was an unbelievable effort and commitment to each other. Although we didn't achieve our season goal, with all that's been thrown at us and the challenges that we've overcome, I'm incredibly proud.

"Nobody likes losing but, when you've given everything and there's nothing left, you can sometimes accept that.

"It was a poor quality game in terms of execution but it was exciting. Unfortunately, we just ran out of gas."

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