Hull FC returned to winning ways with a 30-12 victory over Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
It was a stunning start for the Tigers, who took the lead after 45 seconds. Jason Qareqare marked his debut by stepping around Jake Connor to score on the left-hand side. Danny Richardson missed the conversion.
Just before the 15-minute mark, Hull hit back. They spread the ball out wide and Mahe Fonua was able to offload inside to Adam Swift for the try. Marc Sneyd kicked Hull into a two-point lead.
The game then settled down, with both sides putting in moments of good defence and attacking errors.
Richardson kicked the game level just before the half-hour, after Fonua barged Jesse Sene-Lefao into Chris Satae off the ball.
However, that was not the final action of the half. Jake Connor rose highest from a Sneyd kick and offloaded to Fonua to score. Sneyd converted to put Hull ahead by six points going into the break.
Hull struck again just three minutes into the second half. They worked the ball well out to the left-hand side again, and Swift was able to go over for his second. Sneyd kicked the conversion to double Hull’s advantage.
The Black and Whites scored their second try of the second half just before the hour. They spread the ball out to the left-hand side again, this time Fonua was able to barge through and plant the ball down for his second try. Sneyd was again on target with the conversion.
The visitors would end the night with 12 men, after Sneyd was sent to the sin bin for holding down too long.
But that would not matter, as three minutes later, Hull killed the game. Connor kicked a 40/20, and then went for it himself and took two Tigers defenders over with him. He then converted to get Hull up to 30 points.
However, the final word would go to Castleford. Liam Watts ran across the line, and dropped the ball off for Oliver Holmes, who went over for the try. Richardson converted.
Hull are back in action next Saturday when they travel to face Leigh Centurions. As for Castleford Tigers, they face another short turnaround as they travel to rivals Wakefield Trinity on Wednesday.
Castleford Tigers: Peter Mata’utia, Derrell Olpherts, Alex Foster, Michael Shenton, Jason Qareqare, Danny Richardson, Paul McShane, Brad Martin, Adam Milner, George Griffin, Oliver Holmes, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Nathan Massey.
Subs: Liam Watts, Jacques O’Neill, Tyla Hepi, Lewis Peachey.
Head Coach: Daryl Powell.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Adam Swift, Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane.
Subs: Josh Bowden, Brad Fash, Jordan Johnstone, Cameron Scott.
Head Coach: Brett Hodgson.