Super League: Castleford beat Hull FC 19-16 at the MAH Jungle
Last Updated: 16/03/14 6:28pm
Frankie Mariano scored a late try as Castleford made it five Super League wins out of five with a thrilling 19-16 victory over Hull FC.
The match was in the balance right up until the final hooter but Mariano proved the match-winner as the Tigers won at the death for the second week running, following their 36-31 victory over Wigan last Sunday.
Fetuli Talanoa gave Hull a dream start in front of a strong travelling contingent at the MAH Jungle but Castleford responded almost immediately through a brilliant Michael Shenton try.
Local lad Gareth Ellis punished a mistake by Jordan Tansey in his own in-goal to put the visitors back in control and give them a half-time lead.
Marc Sneyd brought Castleford level once more at the start of the second half after Daryl Clark had kept the ball alive but Hull were soon back in front through Liam Colbon's try, only to be denied late on.
Jake Webster made his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury for the Tigers, whose coach Daryl Powell recalled Tansey and Jamie Ellis.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford handed former Wigan and Hull KR winger Colbon his debut in place of the injured Tom Lineham and brought Ben Crooks back in at centre.
Grant Millington charged down Richard Horne's kick on halfway at the end of the first set of the match and Hull crossed from the resultant scrum through Talanoa after good hands by Kirk Yeaman.
Castleford did not get their hands on the ball until five minutes in but they made the wait worthwhile for the home fans as Clark broke through the Hull defence before Millington fed Shenton to race clear.
The Tigers were almost in again on 17 minutes after another strong run by Clark but Weller Hauraki's offload could not be gathered by a diving Richard Owen.
Castleford had to be at their best defensively as the Black and Whites threatened their line on the back of successive penalties but they could not prevent Ellis from crashing over from close range on the half-hour mark.
Crooks added the extras from out wide and 12-6 is how the scoreline remained as the players made their way off for half-time.
Tansey looked set to atone for his earlier error when he broke through the Hull defence just after the break but his pass was gratefully received by Chris Tuson.
Hull were not so lucky just minutes later as Mariano charged upfield to lay the platform for Sneyd to dummy and go over, with the half-back converting his own try.
The game swung back in Hull's favour on 56 minutes courtesy of an excellent finish in the corner by Colbon after good play by Richard Whiting and former Tiger Joe Westerman.
Crooks missed the conversion and he was in a heap soon after following a huge hit by Justin Carney.
The tough tackling continued but there was no stopping Shenton in the dying stages when he broke through to find Mariano for the game-breaking try.
Sneyd goaled and then slotted over a drop goal to give Castleford a three-point cushion and they held on for another two points.
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Thu 7th May
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Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
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Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
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St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
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Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
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Sun 14th Jun
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Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
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Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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