Super League: Castleford Tigers see off Hull KR
Last Updated: 28/02/14 10:30pm
Michael Shenton: inspirational display for Castleford
Castleford moved joint top of Super League with a 30-10 victory at Hull KR, Richard Owen scoring a hat-trick of tries for the Tigers.
Luke Dorn and Oliver Holmes also crossed and Marc Sneyd was flawless with the boot, landing five conversions.
James Green had given Rovers an early lead and Omari Caro's try on the stroke of half time gave them some hope as they trailed 18-10 at the interval, but they struggled throughout to break through the disciplined Castleford defence.
The home side opened the scoring when front rower Green took scrum-half Kris Keating's short pass near the line to crash over and Travis Burns added the goal to make it 6-0.
Any hope of the Robins capitalising on their lively opening disappeared, however, when Keating fumbled the ball from the re-start and that gifted the Tigers the position from which Owen scored twice in eight minutes to take the lead.
Second rower Weller Hauraki combined with centre Michael Channing to get the right winger over for his first and Owen then leapt above Eden to collect Liam Finn's high kick.
Another pinpoint kick from Finn set up second rower Frankie Mariano for his first try for Castleford and Sneyd's third goal extended his side's lead to 18-6 after 26 minutes.
Castleford were reduced to 12 men when Finn was sin-binned for what appeared to be a 'chicken wing tackle' on centre Kris Welham, but they continued to defend heroically until right winger Omari Caro took Eden's pass to produce a strong finish for Rovers' second try in the last move of the first half.
That cut the Tigers' lead to eight points and, although they had fought back from 24-6 down at half-time to earn a draw at Huddersfield in their last match, they never looked repeating the feat, despite the sterling efforts of winger Ben Cockayne in both defence and attack.
The visitors spent most of the second half camped inside their own half but they continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and Mariano and hooker Daryl Clarke had tries disallowed by video referees Ian Smith and Phil Bentham.
Burns' 40-20 kick went to waste as Castleford soaked up everything the Robins could throw at them
The Tigers finally made sure of the points 13 minutes from the end when substitute forward Oliver Holmes crossed wide out for their fourth try before Owen completed his hat-trick five minutes from the end, with Sneyd maintaining his accuracy with his fifth conversion.
First Utility Super League
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out for up to three months with a broken forearm.
Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.
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