Hull FC 26-24 Castleford Tigers

Hull FC 26-24 Castleford Tigers


Hull FC put in one of their best performances of the season to recover from an early sending off to condemn league leaders Castleford to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season at a sun-baked KCOM Stadium. The Earlie Birds put in an unwavering defensive shift to nullify the Tigers attacking threat in what proved to be a compelling game of rugby league.

Hull began like a house on fire, with Scott Taylor crashing his way over after only 5 minutes. The powerful prop trampled over Cas fullback Zak Hardaker after taking a great pass from Albert Kelly. Sneyd’s conversion gave the home side a 6-0 lead.

FC soon doubled their advantage through Mahe Fonua on 7 minutes. With Kelly pulling the strings, a neat cut-out pass found Jake Connor, who with a slick out the back-door offload, found the winger to extend their advantage. Another successful conversion off the post made the scores 12-0 to Hull.

In a case of deja vu, Fonua glided over again through more clever centre play from Connor. A kick to the corner from Mark Sneyd was flicked backwards into the welcome arms of the winger, who crossed for his second of the afternoon.

The Tigers were suffering from blistering ruck speed from the Earlie Birds, who seemed up for the challenge and determined to back up their away win at Leigh on Easter Monday.

Hull were brought crashing down to earth however on 22 minutes, after Liam Watts was given a red card by referee Robert Hicks for a high tackle on Cas halfback Luke Gale, which left him dazed and forced him off the field

This served as the perfect motivation to kick start the Tigers, with good hands from McMeeken and weak defence from Sneyd allowing Minikin to cross for Castleford’s opener. Roberts, taking over the kicking duties from Gale, dragged the conversion wide making the scores 18-4 to Hull.

In a fast and furious few minutes, a stray pass from McShane was plucked out of the air by Connor, who set up a clear break for Fonua. A good tackle from Hardaker saved the Tigers, who subsequently defended their line well. A last tackle play saw another Sneyd cross-field kick, which was taken beautifully by Eden who appeared to be in for a try, only for him to be dragged down by a chasing Kelly. The resulting set saw Roberts burrow over from close range, much to the protestation of the Hull players who claimed he was held up. The referee disagreed and gave the try, allowing the visitors a way back into the game, with the scores 18-8 with 12 minutes before the end of the half.

Sneyd’s penalty goal looked to have restored Hull’s 12-point advantage going into half time, however a resilient Tigers outfit had the last say, with a Michael Shenton try just before the interval. A smart arcing run from Ben Roberts made space for a rampaging Jake Webster, whose 60 metre dash and pass found the supporting Shenton who strode over to end an exhilarating first half. McShane, taking over the kicking duties, added the two points, meaning both sides returned to the sheds with the scores at 20-14.

The second half remained as breathless as the first, with both sides having chances to score early on. A series of penalties conceded by the visitors however resulted in a team warning and a Sneyd conversion, pushing Hull’s advantage to 8 points with half an hour remaining.

A number of handling errors coupled with some good defence from both sides created a stalemate, but this was soon broken by Ben Roberts, who took advantage of an overlap to waltz over. Goal kicking without Gale proved a problem for the visitors, with another missed conversion making the scores 22-18 with 20 minutes remaining.

A desperate Hull bravely defended their line, forcing errors from both Moors and McMeeken with the line begging, and this resilience was thoroughly rewarded through a try from Carlos Tuimavave. Good runs from the Hull forwards gave Kelly a platform to place a pinpoint kick towards the flank, where Tuimavave leapt like a salmon to beat Joel Monahan to the ball and score. Sneyd dragged the extras wide, with the scores 26-18 with only 16 minutes on the clock.

With the game seemingly over, Cas crossed for a try at the death through McMeeken, but with no time left to restart, it was a mere consolation with the scores finishing at 26-24 . Overall, Hull thoroughly deserved the two points, with a red-hot start and managing to overcome the disadvantage of being a man down for most of the game.

Written by Nathan Okell.

Hull FC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jamie ShaulFull Back000000
2Mahe FonuaWing200000
3Carlos TuimavaveCentre100000
6Albert KellyStand Off000000
7Marc SneydScrum Half050000
8Scott Taylor 15Prop100000
10Liam Watts 28Prop000010
12Mark Minichiello 25Second Row000000
13Gareth Ellis 16Loose Forward000000
14Jake ConnorCentre000000
17Danny WashbrookHooker000000
19Steve MichaelsWing000000
21Sika ManuSecond Row000000
15Chris Green 8Interchange000000
16Jordan Thompson 13Interchange000000
25Jansin Turgut 12Interchange000000
28Brad Fash 10Interchange000000
 Total 450010

Castleford Tigers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Zak HardakerFull Back000000
2Greg MinikinWing100000
3Jake WebsterCentre000000
4Michael ShentonCentre100000
5Greg EdenWing000000
7Luke Gale 21Scrum Half000000
8Andy Lynch 10Prop000000
9Paul McShaneHooker020000
11Oliver Holmes 15Second Row000000
12Mike McMeekenSecond Row100000
13Adam MilnerLoose Forward000000
19Gadwin Springer 17Prop000000
16Ben RobertsStand Off200000
10Grant Millington 8Interchange000000
15Jesse Sene-Lefao 11Interchange000000
17Junior Moors 19Interchange000000
21Joel Monaghan 7Interchange000000
 Total 520000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 23, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday


KCOM Stadium


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Hull FC20626
Castleford Tigers141024

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