Hull FC march on as tired Cas brushed aside

The remaining Coral Challenge Cup sixth round fixture, took place between Castleford Tigers and Hull FC, with Wigan Warriors awaiting the victors.

It was sloppy start from both sides, as they looked to make their impact on the game.

In the ninth minute, a quick play-the-ball from Carlos Tuimavavae allowed Jamie Shaul to accelerate behind the ruck.

The full-back found Albert Kelly in support, and with just James Clare to beat, passed back to Tuimavave on the inside and the centre, who signed a new contract this week, scored under the posts.

Hull went close again through Manu Ma’u, but it was the Tigers who found their way back into the game.

After knocking on the door with Liam Watts and Mike McMeeken, it was a short ball from Paul McShane to George Griffin that was enough for a try.

With around 25 minutes gone, debutant Sosaia Feki left the field after what looked like a re-occurrence of his calf injury which delayed his debut.

On the half hour mark, Hull regained the lead after Tuimavave, Shaul and Kelly linked up on the right-edge once gain.

The centre offloaded out of the tackle to the full-back, who passed inside to Kelly and the half-back walked in to score.

With five minutes to go until the break, Tigers looked to have hit back once again.

James Clare seemed for all money to be trapped with four Hull FC defenders around him.

But he twisted out the tackle of Albert Kelly, and shifted Carlos Tuimavave onto his back before falling over the line.

However, Clare knocked the ball on over the line and the Black and Whites came away unscathed.

Just as the half-time hooter was about to blow, Carlos Tuimavave read the pass from Peter Mata’utia perfectly to claim the interception and race away to touch down under the posts.

HALF-TIME: Castleford Tigers 6-18 Hull FC

During the break, Jamie Shaul underwent a HIA, but ultimately failed, meaning a shift in the back line for the away side.

In just the second minute of the half, Hull FC won a seven-tackle set after a fifth tackle kick was too heavy.

Bureta Faraimo took a quick tap and passed to Ratu Naulago who exploited a dogged Tigers like and raced away to score.

Castleford hit back immediately though.

A shirt kick-off was tapped back by Shenton and three tackles later Oliver Holmes crashed over after heads up play from McShane.

Ratu Naulago was the next to leave the field as he picked up a groin injury as Hull’s reshuffled continued.

Suddenly the Tigers were up for the task of winning this match.

A 40/20 from Danny Richardson was swiftly followed up by exquisite hands which opened a gap for Mata’utia to drift through a cut the gap once again.

With a little under an hour to go, Joe Cator was caught high by Paul McShane, and after a little bit of handbags, Jake Connor converted from in front of the posts to make it a 10-point lead for Hull.

Hull FC should have put an end to the game in the 68th minute as Josh Griffin broke down the middle of the park, and passed to Kelly, who was in to race and score.

However, the pass drifted forward, and Kelly also pulled up injured to make things slightly worse.

Despite Michael Shenton breaking down the left on the first tackle, Richardson chose to kick on the third, with the ball cleaned up by Josh Griffin.

Once Hull reached the half-way line, they won a penalty for offside, and once again Jake Connor converted to make it 16-28 with four minutes remaining.

Connor then made completely sure as he struck a drop-goal with two minutes to go.

FULL-TIME: Castleford Tigers 16-29 Hull FC


Castleford Tigers

Clare, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Feki, Mata’utia, Richardson, Watts, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, McMeeken, O’Neill

Interchanges: Millington, Milner, Hepi, Turner

Tries: Griffin, Holmes, Mata’utia

Goals: Richardson (2/3)

Hull FC

Shaul, Naulago, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo, Kelly, Connor, Ellis, Johnstone, Fash, Lane, Ma’u, Cator

Interchanges: Houghton, Satae, Sao, Fonua

Tries: Tuimavave (2), Kelly, Naulago

Goals: Connor (6/6 )

Drop-Goals: Connor

Referee: L. Moore

Touch Judges: M. Griffiths, T. Grant

Video Referee: B. Thaler

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