Castleford captain Michael Shenton touched down for four tries tonight at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle as the Tigers defeated Hull FC 36-30 in both clubs’ opening game in the Super 8s.
The result almost certainly ended Hull’s hopes of reaching the top four, while the Tigers moved level with Huddersfield Giants in fourth place.
Hull took an early 0-12 lead with two tries in the opening five minutes from Richard Whiting and Jordan Rankin, with Marc Sneyd converting both.
But the Tigers roared back into the lead with three Shenton tries, two of which were converted by Luke Gale, to lead 16-12 after 36 minutes.
But Hull snatched the lead again right on the hooter when Steve Michaels went over and Sneyd converted the try from the touchline.
And they extended their lead on 43 minutes when Tom Lineham picked up a loose Gale pass and raced 90 metres to touch down. Sneyd’s goal made it 16-24.
But Shenton then added his fourth try, goaled by Gale, when Gale himself touched down and converted his own try the Tigers were back in the lead 28-24 after 61 minutes.
Gale then added a penalty, and with five minutes remaining Ashley Gibson touched down for Gale’s converison to put twelve points between the teams.
Hull refused to give in, however, and youngster Jack Logan scored a late try, converted by Sneyd, to make the final score 36-30.
A full report and photos from this game will feature in Monday’s edition of League Express.