Castleford Tigers recovered from 32-18 down with eight minutes to go to beat Hull KR 33-32 after extra time in the Challenge Cup at Craven Park.
The Robins struck first after just nine minutes, as Ethan Ryan finished off a good move in the corner. Jordan Abdull was off-target with the conversion attempt, meaning their lead stood at four points.
Just past the first quarter, Castleford hit back as Jake Trueman managed to cut inside and get the try. Danny Richardson converted to edge the Tigers ahead by two points.
Eight minutes later, Hull KR retook the lead as Adam Quinlan got over under the posts. Abdull scored the conversion to put them ahead by four points.
It was soon two tries in four minutes, as Albert Vete managed to power over for his first try for the Robins. Mikey Lewis scored the conversion to extend their lead to 10 points.
There was time for one more before the break, as Matt Parcell got over for the Robins. Lewis converted to make it 22-6 at half time.
Castleford landed the first blow in the second half, six minutes in. A long pass found Derrell Olpherts, who scored in the corner. Richardson scored the conversion to make it a 10-point game again.
Four minutes later, the Tigers struck again, this time it was Paul McShane who got over from close range. Richardson scored the conversion to leave Castleford just one try behind.
Just past the hour, the Robins extended their lead as Shaun Kenny-Dowall forced his way over. Abdull scored the conversion to stretch their lead back out to 10.
Hull KR’s lead stood at 16 again when just two minutes later, they grabbed another as Kenny-Dowall put Abdull through to score. However, he could not convert the try.
With eight minutes to go, Castleford gave themselves a lifeline, as Olpherts finished well again in the corner. Richardson was off-target with the conversion attempt.
It really was game on with three minutes to go, as McShane went over for his second from close range. Richardson converted to make it a four-point game.
In the final play, Castleford kept the ball alive brilliantly, and McShane broke free down the left-hand side and put Jordan Turner over to score. Richardson missed the conversion to win it, so the match went to extra time.
After nine missed attempts between the two sides, the winner finally came after 99 minutes of play, when Gareth O’Brien popped up to score a Golden Point winner at Craven Park again.
Both sides return to Super League action next week. Hull KR welcome Huddersfield Giants, while Castleford Tigers host Leigh Centurions. Both matches will take place on Friday night.
Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ethan Ryan, Greg Minikin, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Mikey Lewis, Jordan Abdull, George King, Matt Parcell, Korbin Sims, Kane Linnett, Luis Johnson, George Lawler.
Subs: Albert Vete, Jez Litten, Muizz Mustapha, Jimmy Keinhorst.
Head Coach: Tony Smith
Castleford Tigers: Gareth O’Brien, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Michael Shenton, Jordan Turner, Jake Trueman, Danny Richardson, Grant Millington, Paul McShane, Darrell Griffin, Oliver Holmes, Cheyse Blair, Nathan Massey.
Subs: Liam Watts, Adam Milner, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Daniel Smith.
Head Coach: Daryl Powell.