Hull Unable To Overcome Tigers

Unlucky 13 for Hull Fc as they slipped to their 13th consecutive super league defeat. Coach Lee Radford will be starting to feel the heat as pressure is surely mounting on the Hull team to start performing.
Essentially it was a reasonable performance lacking that winning thrust. For the home team Scott Taylor, Joe Westerman and Jake Connor looked dangerous and Jamie Shaul from the back is a sublime runner of the ball.

For Castleford veteran centre Michael Shenton scored a double although for once Paul McShane was weak with his kicking game. 

Shenton opened the scoring after Jake Trueman beautifully broke a static hull defensive line before setting up his centre for the score.
Things started to look even better for the visitors when on 13 minutes a wonderfully accurate grubber kick by McShane was seized on by Jesse Sene-Lefao despite a strong defensive effort by Scott Taylor. At 10-0 up Darryl Powell would have been pleased with the intensity of the opening phases.
Castleford defensive live was also excellent until Joe Westerman powered his way over the line for the Hull teams opening score. Westerman is one of those players who has just failed to Live up to expectation but he may well have found his niche this year at Hull .
With Sneyd converting it was game on at 10-6 with all to play for . The comeback was confirmed in the 27th minute when Jake Connor followed up on another superb kick this time from Mark Sneyd.  With the conversion from the highly accurate Sneyd and the comeback had been completed.
Castleford looked strong and Sharpe in attack with fast quick hands and excellent support play and right on the break Shenton took advantage of another fantastic backline move and a beautiful pass in the middle of it all from the exceptionally talented Jake Trueman.  With McShane missing the kick from out wide the visitors just deserved that 14-12 lead at the break.
Into the Second half and the Tigers looked like punishing a Hull team slow out of the blocks. Alex Foster was tackled close to the Hull line before the ball was spread wide from Peter Mata"utia providing a lovely ball for James Clare to finish in the corner.
Hull were unlucky when that man Connor was denied a score for obstruction and that was to prove costly as Castleford moved at pace into an unassailable lead. McShane again used his grubber kick speciality with a pin point kick after another surging run by Mata"utia. Junior Moors was able to ground the ball with ease and McShane duly converted to give the Tigers a demanding 24-12 lead.
Impressive Young forward Jordan Lane hit back for the home team after good work by Jamie Shaul who ran well all game. With Sneyds conversion Hull were again scrambling to get back when Jordan Rankin, a recent signing from Huddersfield kicked a further two after a penalty was awarded.
That was game over and Hull were unable to push Castleford any further. There is no doubting the excellent contributions from Scott Taylor, Jamie Shaul, Joe Westerman and Jake Connor, but the defence and passing game of Castleford was simply too good.
Jake Trueman and Peter Mata"utia look real threats in the backline and Liam Watts , Alex Foster and Paul McShane had outstanding games.
The pressure is on coach Lee Radford to turn this sequence of losses around , unless losing is to become a dangerous habit.

Hull FC: Shaul, Miloudi, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Matongo, Manu, Minichiello, Westerman.
Interchanges: Lane, Litten, Paea, Thompson.
Castleford: Mata'utia, Clare, Minikin, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Rankin, Watts, McShane, Millington, Sene-Lefao, Foster, Massey.
Interchanges: Milner, Moors, Roberts, Clark.


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