Ash Handley reached a century of tries for the Rhinos as they fought back from being behind at the break to take victory in the last game of Day 1 of Magic Weekend at St James’ Park

Last Updated: 09/07/22 9:14pm

Ash Handley's milestone try helped Leeds to victory over Castleford

Ash Handley’s milestone try helped Leeds to victory over Castleford

Ash Handley’s 100th try in a Leeds Rhinos shirt helped his side keep their Betfred Super League play-off hopes alive with a 34-20 win over Castleford Tigers at Magic Weekend.

Tries from Jake Mamo and Bureta Faraimo put Castleford into a 10-6 lead at half-time after Matt Prior had opened the scoring for the Rhinos, but it was pretty much all Leeds after the break.

Handley sparked a run of five tries without reply on the resumption as he hit the century mark, with Aidan Sezer, Richie Myler, James Bentley and Liam Sutcliffe all crossing as well, with Faraimo’s second and one from Mahe Fonua providing scant consolation for the Tigers.

The win made it back-to-back successes for Rohan Smith’s side and lifted them to within a point of sixth-placed Hull FC, who face cross-city rival Hull Kingston Rovers on Day 2 in Newcastle.

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