Castleford Tigers have claimed back to back wins for the first time this season after beating Hull FC at the Mend A Hose Jungle.
It was actually the Black and Whites who drew first blood as Marc Sneyd’s daring run paid its reward with a try. He scored the conversion and was then able to add a penalty to give his side an eight point advantage midway through the first half.
The Tigers were able to get back into the game just before half hour as Jamie Ellis’ booming pass found Greg Minikin in the corner, who just kept himself in play to score. Luke Gale was unsuccessful with the conversion meaning that Hull FC’s lead was halved.
The match was level just before half time as Jake Webster found a huge hole in the Hull defence to score just under the posts. Gale hit the kick to put the Tigers in front at the break.
It was a close game and the first try of the second half was crucial and it went to Castleford as Mike McMeeken was able to chase down a kick to score. Gale was successful with the conversion to stretch the lead out to eight points.
It was a fast start to the second half from the Tigers and they got another try as they were able to spread the ball and created the space for Michael Shenton to score. Gale was unsuccessful with the kick this time, meaning the lead was up to 12 points.
Hull had to stem the tide, which they did and ten minutes later they were awarded with another try as Bureta Faraimo was able to evade the tackle attempts to score. Sneyd was unsuccessful with his kick this time, meaning the deficit was reduced to eight points.
However, their reprieve did not last long as Shenton got his second after finishing another flowing team move to score. Gale scored the conversion to stretch the Tigers’ lead out to 14 points.
But Hull were not done as Mickey Paea was able to power over for a try. Sneyd was successful with his conversion attempt, but Hull couldn’t find another try to further threaten the Castleford lead.
It means that the Tigers are continuing to prove that the defeat against St Helens was just a blip and they seem to be hitting the form again that won them the League Leaders Shield. They travel to Hull KR on Thursday.
As for Hull FC, they suffer a second consecutive Super League defeat and will hope to halt the slide soon, especially as they have to cope without two of their stars for a significant period. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they host Warrington Wolves on Friday night.