Hull FC produced a brilliant second half comeback to defeat Castleford Tigers 31-18 at the Mend A Hose Jungle on Thursday night.
It was the home side who scored first, after good ball movement from a penalty, Greg Minikin got behind the defence to score. Peter Mata’uita missed the conversion, but it was still first blood to the Tigers.
The Black and Whites levelled just three minutes later as Ratu Naulago got the ball out wide and scored. Sneyd missed the conversion, meaning he missed the chance to put Hull in front.
The visitors shot themselves in the foot a few times in the first half and Mata’uita made them pay with two penalties in the space of ten minutes.
Then just before half time, the Tigers grabbed a try to put them into a seemingly comfortable position going into the break. The visitors made a meal of a kick towards goal and Junior Moors was there to mop it up. Mata’uita converted to put the Tigers up 14-4.
Hull needed a perfect start to the second half and they got it as Naulago got in again out wide for another expert finish. Sneyd converted this time to bring the Black and Whites back to within four points.
The visitors then went in front for the first time as they countered Castleford brilliantly as Jake Connor broke free and put Albert Kelly away who went through and scored. Sneyd scored the conversion and then added a penalty soon after to put them four points ahead.
But the Tigers were not done yet as Greg Eden showed great feet and reach to get the ball down. Mata’uita missed the conversion, meaning the sides were level with 20 minutes to go.
Their reprieve didn’t last long as Albert Kelly grabbed his second try in controversial circumstances. Connor’s offload seemed to go forward, but the video referee James Child deemed it to be legal and Kelly touched down. Sneyd kicked the conversion to put the Black and Whites back in front by six.
The second half was then summed up in a nutshell as Eden dropped a ball out wide before Naulago broke and set Kelly away to complete his hat trick. Sneyd converted and then added a drop goal to complete the scoring in the match.
It is a brilliant win for Hull, especially after some recent humbling results. They will hope to carry on their momentum when they travel to Catalans Dragons next Saturday.
As for Castleford, they lose a little bit of momentum in the race for the playoffs. They travel to Salford Red Devils next Friday.