Head coach Dave Furner admitted Leeds Rhinos (20/1 Grand Final Winner) needed their 21-20 golden-point win over Castleford Tigers but says they won’t celebrate too long because there is work to be done.
Leeds have endured a tough start to the season but secured just their second win of the competition on Thursday night as Brad Dwyer’s long-range drop goal in extra-time saw the Rhinos over the line against their West Yorkshire rivals.
It looked at one stage like it was going to be a more comfortable victory for the hosts at Headingley with the likes of Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Liam Sutcliffe and Trent Merrin all going over for Leeds.
However, a superb fightback from Castleford with second-half tries from Greg Minikin, Chris Clarkson and Alex Foster saw the points level at 20-20 at the full-time whistle.
Dwyer’s drilled long-range drop-goal proved to be the difference in the end and Furner was delighted with the win but was keen for his players not to get too carried away.
“We needed that win,” he said. “That’s a great feeling, but I’ve told the lads to put a lid on it.”
Leeds remain at the bottom of the Betfred Super League table but the result marks a significant step for a side still in transition after a host of veteran players left the club.
Castleford (7/1 Grand Final Winner) missed the chance to go second in the table but the Tigers still look like serious contenders to reach the Grand Final in October.
Odds subject to change.