Dorn hat-trick heaps misery on Rhinos


Luke Dorn scored a first-half hat-trick as Castleford Tigers thrashed the Super League's bottom side Leeds Rhinos 52-12 in Headingley.

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington insisted the club were not in crisis this week, but things got even worse on Thursday with a nine-try loss at home to the Tigers.

The Rhinos took an early lead through Mitch Garbutt, but an onslaught from Castleford soon turned the game on its head, ensuring the hosts' miserable campaign continued.

Dorn helped bring the Tigers level before Denny Solomona crossed in the 17th minute with a brilliant dive in at the corner, and from then on they did not surrender their advantage.

Two tries in the space of four minutes from Dorn preceded Joel Monaghan's score on the brink of half-time which made it 30-6 at the interval.

Solomona capitalised on Ash Handley's drop of a kick from Luke Gale with his 16th try of the season, before Gadwin Springer powered across as Castleford picked up where they had left off.

Handley somewhat atoned for that error when he raced beneath the posts, but Ben Crooks and Grant Millington completed the victory.

The Tigers temporarily move up to sixth in the table, meaning Leeds now sit six points adrift of eighth position and a potential place in the Super 8s.