Hull KR 32-33 Castleford: Player ratings and three major talking points

Castleford finally took home the spoils in Golden Point after nearly 100 minutes of rugby league.

It was a highly dramatic game, but what were the three major talking points and how did the players rate?

Three major talking points:

1. Castleford underestimated their opponents

It was pretty obvious from the first minute that Castleford were not at the races. Down 22-6 at half-time, the Tigers had clearly underestimated the challenge that Hull KR would throw at them and they were shellshocked from the onslaught. Things got slightly better after the break, but the visitors had to rely on individual magic to get anywhere near a result.

2. Paul McShane always impresses

No matter how the rest of his side performs, Paul McShane will always deliver something special. With his side 32-18 down, the hooker grabbed the bull by the horns, performing superbly to drag the Tigers back into proceedings especially with his last-second move to release Jordan Turner down the wing to send the game into Golden Point.

3. Castleford’s fitness came through

There were four halves of Golden Point, yes four. Whilst Hull KR were labouring towards the end of the 100-minute game, the Tigers appeared to get a second wind and after at least six drop-goal misses from the visitors, Gareth O’Brien finally slotted the winning one-pointer – much to the relief of the viewers.

Hull KR
1. Adam Quinlan – 7
23. Ethan Ryan – 7
3. Greg Minikin – 6
4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 7
5. Ryan Hall – 7
20. Mikey Lewis – 7
7. Jordan Abdull – 9
16. George King – 8
9. Matt Parcell – 7
10. Korbin Sims – 7
12. Kane Linnett – 6
27. Luis Johnson – 6
15. George Lawler – 7
Substitutes
8. Albert Vete – 7
14. Jez Litten – 8
28. Muizz Mustapha – 7
33. Jimmy Keinhorst – 6

Castleford Tigers
31. Gareth O’Brien – 7
2. Derrell Olpherts – 7
3. Peter Mata’utia – 7
4. Michael Shenton – 6
25. Jordan Turner – 7
6. Jake Trueman – 7
7. Danny Richardson – 6
10. Grant Millington – 7
9. Paul McShane – 9
15. George Griffin – 6
11. Oliver Holmes – 6
12. Cheyse Blair – 6
14. Nathan Massey – 6
Substitutes
8. Liam Watts – 7
13. Adam Milner – 6
21. Jesse Sene-Lefao – 6
22. Daniel Smith – 6

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