Hull Progress to Cup Quarters Against Tigers
The Black & Whites progressed through to the Coral Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a determined 28-12 victory over Castleford.
The Black & Whites ran in three tries in quick succession in the first-half to dominate the early stages, before showing some impressive game management in the second-half to see out the tie.
Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo and Albert Kelly all touched down in the first-half, before Mark Minichiello sealed the win in the final minutes.
The game see’s Hull into the last eight of the competition, with the draw taking place on Sunday.
Hull welcomed back key half-back pairing Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd who both missed the fixture against Catalans last weekend.
Meanwhile, Ratu Naulago also returned from British Army Rugby Union selection to start on the wing, and Dean Hadley also came back into the squad after recovering from concussion.
Hull had the first chance of the game though Jack Logan. The winger looked as if he had gone over in the corner after receiving a wide pass, but he was deemed to have knocked on while grounding the ball.
It was Castleford who got the points on the board first with Mata’utia slotting over a penalty in the fifth minute.
But the Black & Whites hit their straps in the tenth minute when Jake Connor grabbed the first try of the game, stepping past Tigers defenders on the line, and reaching out an arm to score. Sneyd converted.
Sneyd extended the lead moments later with his own penalty goal to give Hull a six point lead.
Hull continued their early dominance in the game as Bureta Faraimo crashed over after 15 minutes, taking a brilliant offload from Griffin and powering past Aston to score. Sneyd kicked his third.
And Hull made it three quick tries when Albert Kelly rose high to collect a pin-point accurate Sneyd cross-field kick to beat the Tigers men to the ball and score! Sneyd kicked goal number four!
Hull had a chance for another score, when Ratu Naulago took an impressive offload from Kelly, but he was bundles into touch by the Tigers defence.
Castleford did hit back though through James Clare who took a wide ball from Mata’utia to race away and score in the corner. The assist man converted.
Clare looked to be in again minutes before half-time, but a brilliant try-saving tackle from Naulago saw the winger into touch.
HALF-TIME: Hull FC 20-8 Castleford
The first points of the second-half went to Hull as Sneyd kicked his fifth goal of the evening, giving Hull a 14 point lead.
Hull managed the game brilliantly before the hour mark keeping Castleford at bay, but it looked as if the Tigers had got over with just over 15 minutes remaining. But video referee evidence showed that Minikin had knocked on in the build-up play.
FC sealed the win in the final ten minutes after Minichiello finished off a powerful run from Faraimo with a strong score in the corner. Snyed kicked goal number six.
Aston raced away to score a late consolation for the Tigers.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Jack Logan, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.
Interchange: Dean Hadley, Chris Green, Masi Matongo, Gareth Ellis.
Castleford Tigers: Peter Mata’utia, Tuoyo Egodo, Greg Minikin, Cheyse Blair, James Clare, Jacob Truman, Cory Aston, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Will Maher, Chris Clarkson, Mike McMeeken, Nathan Massey.
Interchange: Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Jesse Sene-Lafao, Matt Cook.
Hull FC Tries: Connor (10), Faraimo (15), Kelly (18), Minichiello (70)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (6/6)
Castleford Tigers Tries: Clare (30), Aston (75)
Castleford Tigers Goals: Mata’utia (2/3)