Hull beat Cas after back-and-forth battle

The Castleford Tigers returned to The Mend-a-Hose Jungle, as they welcomed a Hull FC side looking to finish as high up the Super League table as possible.

It took the visitors just three minutes to strike, after some ill-discipline from the Tigers.

A kick across the field from Marc Sneyd was claimed by Jake Connor.

The half-back offloaded to Carlos Tuimavave, who, in turn released Cameron Scott to score in the corner.

In Castleford’s very next attacking set, they hit straight back.

Gareth O’Brien dummied, and beat Jordan Lane on the outside to break through the line.

With just Kieron Buchanan to beat, the half-back passed inside to Mike McMeeken to score.

O’Brien then converted to level the scores.

In the 14th minute, the Tigers seemed to take the lead after the ball was shifted to Greg Eden out on the left, and the winger raced around Scott, and around the in-goal to score near the posts.

A few minutes later, Buchanan failed to claim a high-ball, which left Cas just a metre away from the try-line.

The Hull FC full-back did have to leave the pitch for a Head Injury Assessment, which allowed the visitors to reset and hold out the Cas attack.

A third Tigers try did eventually come though.

Paul McShane dribbled a kick in behind the Hull line, which was fumbled by Joe Cator.

Junior Moors was the quickest to react, and seemed to dot down, but the ball was knocked on by the forward.

In the 29th minute, there was scuffle after George Griffin and Jacques O’Neill put a late tackle on Joe Cator.

Hull FC played to the whistle despite the melee, and with Cas down numbers, simple hands gave Jordan Johnstone to chance to score his first try.

The ill-discipline from the Tigers meant the pressure was being piled on them in defence.

Another late tackle from Nathan Massey, with just five minutes to go until the break allowed Sneyd to push his side two-points in front.

Castleford found themselves down to 12-men, after yet another late tackle, once again on Cator meant that Matt Cook was sent to the sin-bin.

HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 12-14 Hull FC

In the opening stages of the half, it looked as though Johnstone had burrowed his way over for his second try, but James Clare did enough to get under the ball.

Just a couple of tackles later though, a short pass from Johnstone was collected by Tevita Satae, who crashed over the top of Adam Milner for the score.

With 25 minutes remaining, Cas were beginning to work themselves back into the game, and Grant Millington showed good footwork and decision making to beat Jake Connor on the outside and score.

On the hour mark, Hull extended their lead.

Connor picked the ball up on the outside, and managed to step past Junior Moors.

With just Clare to beat, he passed inside to Ben McNamara, the son of Catalans Dragons head coach, Steve, who crossed for his first try on debut.

Despite being ten-points down, the Tigers were certainly not out of the game.

Mike McMeeken collected a short pass from Adam Milner back on the short side and powered over the top of three Hull tacklers to pull back a score.

A few minutes later, the scores were level.

Paul McShane and Moors combined for the half-back to dribble a kick towards the try line.

Shenton picked up the ball and scored, but not easily as he was struck by the leg of Andre Savelio when scoring.

It didn’t take too long for the visitors to score, as they reclaimed the kickoff.

A fifth tackle kick from Marc Sneyd was chipped over the top, and Jake Connor was the recipient once again, with the half-back sliding over to score.

The home side, picked up a penalty with just ten seconds remaining, and one final play was cleaned up by Andre Savelio for the win.

FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 28-32 Hull FC


Squads


Castleford Tigers

Clare, Sanderson, Blair, Shenton, Eden, McShane, O’Brien, Griffin, Milner, Hepi, McMeeken, Moors, Millington

Interchanges: Massey, O’Neill, Cook, Peachey

Tries: McMeeken (2), Eden, Millington, Shenton

Goals: O’Brien (4/5)

Sin-Bin: Cook


Hull FC

Buchanan, Faraimo, Fonua, Tuimavave, Scott, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Johnstone, Bowden, Lane, Savelio, Cator

Interchanges: Satae, Sao, Fash, McNamamra

Tries: Scott, Johnstone, Satae, McNamara, Connor

Goals: Sneyd (6/6)


Referee: T. Grant

Touch Judges: M. Craven, C. Worsley

Video Referee: S. Mikalauskas


Image Source: @CTRLFC (twitter)

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