Video: Confidence soaring for Castleford Tigers after Rhinos triumph, says Liam Finn

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CASTLEFORD Tigers matchwinner Liam Finn admits his drop goal to defeat Leeds Rhinos was “more luck than judgement.”

The stand-off nudged his side 25-24 in front at the home of the Super League leaders on Thursday night and they never looked back.

Castleford Tigers' Liam Finn. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

Castleford Tigers' Liam Finn. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

But Finn’s 73rd-minute effort came with his weaker left foot.

“I do only occasionally score with my left,” he said, having also crossed for a try in the 31-24 success.

“I’ve maybe had a couple but it’s more luck than judgement.

“I wanted to go for it straight off the ruck but (hooker) Scotty (Moore) didn’t hear me, misunderstood and went the other way.

“When it came back it was just blocked off a little bit, too, so it was off-the-cuff.

“I was not left with many other options but luckily it went over.”

It was the least Castleford deserved as they won at Headingley for the first time in five years.

Furthermore, victory over Leeds was head coach Daryl Powell’s first since leaving the club in 2003.

Finn – who played under the former Great Britain international at Featherstone Rovers – said: “It’s a big win for Daryl.

“It’s a big part of his career Leeds Rhinos – from playing there and then going into coaching. He was probably a little bit unfortunate with his time there and should take a little bit of credit for the team that’s gone on for the next decade and won so many trophies as I think he brought a lot of them through.

“To come back here and win is good for him and it’s good for everybody.

“It’s a tough place to get a victory, a great venue for rugby league and to get the win tops it off.”

The win also demonstrated a new-found inner strength in Castleford who had led 18-0 early on, saw Leeds get back to 24-24 with 1o minutes to go, but rallied to take the points – something that has not always been the case.

“Sporadic is the word for us,” said Finn, who scored a try for the second week running as Castleford moved up to fourth ahead of next Thursday’s home clash with high-flying St Helens.

“We’ve been inconsistent all season. That’s the first time we’ve put three wins together back-to-back and that’s just good for our confidence.

“We’ve shown a little bit of steel over the last three weeks when we’ve been in tight games which we didn’t earlier in the season.

“We’ve spoken about hanging in, waiting for the game to turn a little and waiting for our opportunities and not giving scores away cheaply.

“Hopefully we’ve given ourselves something to build on.”